Cate Blanchett's Marvel Villain Role Will Break Glass Ceilings -- & Thor's Hammer

Cate Blanchett as Hela in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
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It's only been a day since the Marvel Universe turned our world upside down with the trailer to Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment to this superhero saga, and it's so freaking hard to get Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" out of my head! As a Marvel fan (I'm not a die-hard comic reader, but can keep up), I'm so excited to see Chris Hemsworth in action, but I feel a bigger badass will steal the show. Cate Blanchett starring as Hela, the Asgard goddess of death, in Thor: Ragnarok is such a HUGE deal -- and a huge victory for girl power and representation and women kicking ass.


Whether you're a fan of Marvel or don't really give a flip about action-packed movies, you should care about Blanchett's major role in Thor: Ragnarok, as Time notes Hela will be the first major lady villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which deserves our fists in the air and a wicked war cry.

Tasked by Odin (the former king of Asgard and Thor's dad) with ruling the underworld and its purgatory-like Nifleheim, Hela is able to break free (thanks, Loki!), cast Thor to the planet Sakaar, and raise all sorts of hell on Asgard while professing, "Asgard is dead."

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Take a look at Cate in action as Hela (a name that tips its hat to to the Norse goddess Hel), and watch her turn both Thor's life and the land of Asgard upside down with her presence.

Um, did y'all see that? Hela (Blanchett) obliterated Mjolnir, Thor's beloved and trusty hammer, with a single hand.


Mind you, this is the same hammer that members of the Avengers spent time trying to pick up without success. 

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Hell, Captain America came close, but still failed -- which definitely speaks to Hela's power. (She broke that sh*t with one freaking hand!)

The fact that Hela's presence foreshadows the Norse Ragnarok myth of death and destruction to gods and humankind shows how much power and might this goddess truly has -- proving women can rule and steal the show.

Cate Blanchett opened up to Entertainment Weekly about her character and the importance of portraying such an uncanny villain -- as it's been a long time coming. "Can you believe we're having this conversation and it's 2017 and we're talking about the first female villain?" Blanchett tells EW. "It's ridiculous. There's so much untapped potential villainy in women."

You tell 'em, Cate!

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Cate's role, albeit a villain, is a win for everyone. Representation is so key, and Thor: Ragnarok will show young girls and boys (and men and women, too) that ladies can have a powerful presence and can kick ass. 

And as a mom of four (yes, four), this 47-year-old two-time Academy Award winner will give the gents a run for their money in the most epic way.

(Cate tells Entertainment Weekly that Hela's headdress can be used as weapons and that her character can "manifest weapons out of different parts of her body." Yeah, badass.)

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As a mama of two little boys (they're 3 and 1½), I feel it's empowering to see women in charge and breaking barriers that I hope my sons can celebrate as they grow up and women continue to break glass ceilings. I can't freaking wait to see Hela in Thor: Ragnarok this November -- and Wonder Woman this June. 

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