Since Cate Blanchett as Hela graced the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok (2017), fans have been mesmerized by the natural murderous yet sexy vibes that she brought to her role. Being Marvel’s first female villain, she left such a long-lasting impression on screen that fans cannot find a way to stop advocating to see more of her in the franchise.
During a conversation with Variety at the BAFTA tea party, the two-time Oscar winner was asked when she will return to the superhero franchise, amid rumors that it would be anytime soon given Marvel's numerous projects on the way. Blanchett revealed, “Well, I don’t know. I think you gotta have to speak to someone else, not me.”
The Blue Jasmine star made her memorable MCU debut as Odin's firstborn, Hela Odinsdottir, also known as the Asgardian goddess of death and former Executioner of Asgard. Hela was imprisoned in Hel by her father for millennia; she was only freed after his death and went to reclaim her control over Asgard while having a number of unfavorable interactions with her younger brothers Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Blanchett's MCU return sparked speculation when Laughing Place reported Hela will appear as the thrilling Goddess of Death in What If...? Season 2. Series director Bryan Andrews also confirmed that the actor had already recorded her dialogue for the show, which is due to release in early 2023.
Despite the fact that the version of Hela that may appear in the animated series will be the polar opposite of evil, fans can expect her villainous arc to be enticing.
In 2017, Blanchett opened up to Collider about how empowering it is to be chosen to portray Marvel’s first female villain, given that the studio's original plan to introduce the first female antagonist in Iron Man 3 did not work out.
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“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.” she said.
She continued, “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.”
Whether or not the Carol star is keeping her future MCU appearance a secret, fans can only hope that they will be able to witness her badassery on screen once more.