Thor: Ragnarok actress Cate Blanchett says there's a "revolution" happening at Marvel Studios, and that her character, Hela, is on the crest of the wave. One of the first female lead villains for Marvel Studios films (Elizabeth Debicki's Ayesha will beat her to the screen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Blanchett thinks female villains have untapped potential in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"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?" Blanchett said to Entertainment Weekly. "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."
"Let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently," she continued. "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."
Blanchett also said she viewed Thor: Ragnarok as an opportunity to work with director Taika Waititi. She also said she delved into the character's history for the role, and that her trademark headdress would indeed appear in the film.