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This November 3, when ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ hits theaters, the mighty hammer wielding Asgardian god of thunder, finds himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe, and in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) – his first female villain – from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

“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.” – Cate Blanchett

In an interview with EW, Cate Blanchett talked about her history-making role as Hela, a super power who can manifest weapons out of her headdress and different parts of her body. “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.”

As for why the two-time Oscar-winner wanted to be a part of this film, she said, “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.”

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