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Cate Blanchett Talks Playing the First Female Villain in ‘THOR: RAGNAROK’

March 23, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Cate Blanchett plays Hela: Goddess of Death, making her the first female villain in the upcoming THOR: RAGNAROK and just recently, she spoke to EW about this is a conversation in the year 2017.

“Well let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys. But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi.”

She added:

“Can you believe it? Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain? It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women. It’s really exciting. I think finally it’s beginning to be acknowledged that women and men want to see a diverse array of characters, and that’s race, gender across the sexual spectrum.”

In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok– the destruction of his homeward and the end of Asgardian civilization– at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger– the Incredible Hulk!

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins reprising his role as Odin. They’re joined by Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, and Sam Neill, who reunites with director Taika Waititi, who directed him in films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and his Jurassic Park costar Goldblum. Finally, it was teased at the end of his solo film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will team with the God of Thunder to deal with Loki.

Kevin Feige produces once again, with Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee executive producing. Stephany Folsom, Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost wrote the script.

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