The following contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok.
The villain Hela, portrayed with gusto by Cate Blanchett, is one of the highlights of Thor: Ragnarok despite her somewhat limited screen time. The goddess of death makes the most of her appearance, chomping the scenery and Asgardian defenders with ease and style. While Hela is the only real, true villain in the film, an earlier version of the script actually saw her facing off with another of Thor's enemies. According to Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter, Eric Pearson, the destroyer armor from Thor originally made an appearance.
Fans will likely appreciate his desire to make Hela feel truly brutal and dangerous and not misunderstood or impotent. The film largely succeeds with this as Hela proves more than a match for Thor and Loki, and she easily lays waste to Asgard's defenses. But as Eric Pearson told Yahoo, the extra beat of having her face off with the Destroyer, while it would have been a nice callback and barometer of her power, was ultimately unnecessary. The Destroyer proved a worthy foe for a Thor in the first film, but it is not very interesting or something fans have been calling for. The film's tone and editing help it to move along at a good clip, so it was wise not to needlessly extend a scene at the expense of that.
While cutting the Destroyer was for the best, Hela could have probably used more screen time in the film. That is not to say more time wrecking shop, but perhaps a bit more shading to her character. Sure she is the baddest god in the nine realms, but beyond being a princess scorned, there's not much to her. Marvel villains are often criticized for their lack of depth and personality, Loki notwithstanding. Hela succeeds without much depth and that is largely due to the magnetism and strength of Cate Blanchett's performance. While we may or may not see her again, she is one of the standout villains due simply to Cate Blachett and the destructive effect Hela had on the MCU.
Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.
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