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Thor: Ragnarok Brings Marvel’s Best Movie Villain
The Marvel movies may not be famous for complicated villains – but Thor: Ragnarok is looking to break that tradition. It doesn’t hurt that director Taika Waititi has called upon the talents of Cate Blanchett to bring Ragnarok‘s villain, Hela, to life.
We got the chance to talk Hela with Hemsworth on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, the breath of fresh air Blanchett brings to Marvel villainy was one of the most promising topics of discussion.
Cate Blanchett is just the latest Oscar winner to give an Avenger Hell (literally), so it’s no surprise to hear Hemsworth heaping praise on her performance.
But aside from her excellence both on-camera and off, Hemsworth also teases the unexpected lesson in villainy that Blanchett taught both him and co-star Tom Hiddleston when she arrived on set:
I’m in love with Cate. And, you know, my wife is too so I can say that [laughter]. She’s just, you know, insanely funny and smart and talented. Sort of too good to be true. You know, like what’s the catch?
When she came on set– Tom was talking about this yesterday, we were talking about villains. What could people do different, and so on, and what have you seen? I remember thinking ‘I wonder what she’s going to do.’ And I sort of had an image in my head, and she came on and I thought ‘Oh wow, okay. That’s what you do if you’re Cate Blanchett.’ And that’s why she is who she is.
Despite the excitement for Ragnarok‘s rock and roll attitude in trailers, and the downright psychedelic Ragnarok posters, little has been revealed of Hela’s own personality and motivations. Blanchett has revealed which scene with Thor convinced her to sign on, but aside from some unforgettable shots of her in full, ceremonial costume, Hela remains a mystery.
We can vouch for Hemsworth’s description after seeing Blanchett’s performance for ourselves. Hela’s regal costume and identity as ‘Queen of Death’ in the comics may suggest a typical, ominous, distinctly Asgardian villain – but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Blanchett’s villain is one who seems to enjoy herself at every turn, playing with her victims, and taking amusement in her enemies’ attempts to stop her. But even if she looks like a mix of a Lord of the Rings character crossed with The Joker, she’s after more than just destruction.
Hemsworth isn’t willing to give up any specific details or plot twists that shape Hela’s story (fans can put their own theories together based on the trailers), but he calls out past movie villains as the kind of one-note, simple evil that Ragnarok is looking to avoid:
When villains are just bad, you’re like ‘Yeah okay cool, but it’s boring.’ But she has worked really hard. At the start of the film, or sort of pre-production, I was saying ‘Yeah, but what does she really want?’ What is it that Cate can kind of relate to here and say ‘Oh okay, I get what she is and her frustration, what’s driving her’… It’s so far from anything I’ve seen before, and as intimidating and scary as it is interesting. And you have an empathetic view, or feeling toward her a lot of the time from what she’s doing. You go ‘Ahh… she’s got a point maybe’ [laughs]. And then you’ve got to remind yourself ‘No, she’s trying to kill us all.
These days, no matter how respected the actor or actress, selling a shared universe villain as “the best yet” is hard to take as anything beyond marketing buzz. But Waititi seems convinced that Blanchett’s ‘Queen of Death’ is the most interesting antagonist that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced. For reason we mentioned before, that’s not as difficult a title to claim as you might expect. Still, we’ll let the director make the case himself:
Cate is the first female villain and if I’m honest, for me, the most interesting villain that [Marvel has] had. Because she’s multidimensional. She’s layered. She’s troubled. She’s really funny. And you know, it’s not just like ‘[evil laugh] Now if I can finally get the thing, then this will happen!’ There’s a little bit of that, but there’s so many other things going on for her. So I think it’s going to be really satisfying for people. And she’s amazing. That her character, you know, she is very tough. Amazing powers.
She is Hela, and she wears the cowl, and she has the antlers, and she looks amazing in the concept art and stuff. Thor in the films has never fought anyone tougher than this lady.
Full article available on ScreenRant
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