Did Mark Ruffalo Just Confirm Cate Blanchett for ‘Thor: Ragnorak’ as Marvel’s First Major Female Villain?

Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe features a number of strong female characters, the twelve films up to this point have yet to feature a main villain female. It looks like that’s about to change! While female superheroines will be represented by the key titular characters for both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel, it looks like we may be getting our first legit female baddie.

Female villains have played parts in both Marvel TV and supporting roles in the movies, but like I said, we’ve yet to see the main villain be a woman. But, it looks like the tide might be changing as the co-star of Thor: Ragnorak may have just let the big move slip.

Although nothing has been confirmed through the rumors, reports, and talk, Oscar-winning actress and all-around dream Cate Blanchett, while on Jimmy Kimmel Live just a few weeks ago, joked that she was going to take over the lead role of Thor from the Asguardian himself Chris Hemsworth (Thor is currently female in the comics). While I don’t completely throw that out the window just yet, the hulking Avenger Mark Ruffalo reveals that Blanchett may be in-line to take over the role of the big bad we’ve been hearing about so much lately. While speaking at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party, here’s what Ruffalo had to say:

“I’m so thrilled. I saw her at the Governors’ banquet here and heard that maybe she was circling, they were talking to her about the part, so I ran up to her and I was like, ‘Please, please, please make this work!’ She’s just one of the best, and to have her play a baddie is going to be really exciting…”

Again, this isn’t official, it hasn’t been confirmed by Marvel or anyone else, buuuut don’t take it to lightly. First off, if this is true, let me just say A-FREAKING-MAZING. Okay, with that out of the way… If this ends happening, it’s just another great example of Marvel’s fantastic casting. Through the entire run of the MCU, Marvel has taken superhero roles to the next level, attracting Oscar caliber talent to leading and supporting roles. On top of all the talent already featured, the last year or so has seen Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelsen snag roles (all in Doctor Strange I might add), as well as Matthew McConaughey and most recently Kurt Russell circle roles. Now someone like Blanchett? Come on. Come one!

As far as it possibly being Blanchett, I truly can’t be anymore happy. Blanchett is currently one of my favorites actors, not just actresses, but actors period. The charisma she has, the screen-attention she requests, her ability to get lost in every role, it’s easily some of the best in all of Hollywood. But the bestpart about this move would be that she’d be playing the villain! She’d be the big bad that Thor and Hulk would be fighting in what is expected to be a gigantic, somewhat apocalyptic showdown, in Ragnorak.

Cate Blanchett as Hela

Cate Blanchett as Hela

With Marvel constantly being criticized for lackluster villains, and the fact that Marvel’s best-to-date came from the Thor movies, having Blanchett not just take on another Thor baddie (in a story like Ragnorak), but the MCU’s first female villain could be a complete game-changer. It could be another changing of the guard for the studio that created the blueprint for a cinematic universe. Now the big question becomes, who would she be playing? There are a plethora of options, but there are no doubt a few that rise above the rest. Here are the characters that would make the most sense, with Enchantress being at the top and a MCU version of Hela not far behind (thanks to Screen Rant for the info):

  • Knorda – Super strong Asgardian warrior queen of the Mountain Giants.
  • Enchantress – Not to be confused with Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress in DC’s Suicide Squad movie, Marvel’s Enchantress (real name Amora) is one of Thor’s most dangerous and magical villains. Amora’s sister, Lorelei, actually appeared in an episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Hela – Loki’s child and the Asgardian goddess of Death. Could be altered to not be Loki’s daughter and could also serve as a connection to MCU big bad Thanos, who’s in love with “Death”.
  • Karnilla – The queen of the Norns, overseers of the destinies of Asgardians. Karnilla actually helped teach magic to Enchantress, and the Norns played a crucial role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (albeit mostly in a deleted scene) to share with him information on how to defeat Ultron and what would happen next to Asgard.

What do you think about the possible casting of Cate Blanchett? Do you like the idea of her playing a villain? If so, which villain would you like to see? How do you think the movie is shaping up? Jump in the comments and stay close for anymore news for the film!

Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnorak has a November 3rd, 2017 release date.

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