Mark Ruffalo Teases That Cate Blanchett Will Play Main Villain In Thor: Ragnarok

In the past few moths two of the rumours that have been circulating about Marvel Phase 3 movie Thor: Ragnarok are that Cate Blanchett (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) had been approached to appear in it and that it was going to feature the MCU’s first major female villain (as opposed to hench-villains like Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy). Now Mark Ruffalo, who appears as the Hulk in the film, has tied those two rumours together.


Will Blanchett be Enchantress?

Speaking to ETonline at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party on Ruffalo was asked about how he felt about Blanchett appearing in the third Thor film. “I’m so thrilled. I saw her at the banquet here and heard that maybe she was circling, and 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.”

So not exactly official confirmation but as near as dammit!

But who will she be playing? The third  film is apparently set on a distant planet that is “not Asgard and not Earth”. It’s also, as the title suggests, supposed to feature Norse mythology heavily. The inclusion of the Hulk has led some to speculate it may also borrow from the “Planet Hulk” storylines from the Marvel comics a few years back (in which Hulk is banished to an alien planet but ends up as its leader, declaring war on Earth) but there has been little evidence to support that so far.

So the signs so far suggest that Blanchett will be a Thor villain, in which case there’s one obvious candidate and a couple of possible runners-up:

  • Enchantress – although Suicide Squad features a DC character called Enchantress, we don’t think that would stop Marvel using one of its most powerful and longstanding female villains. A powerful sorceress from Asgard who’s real name is Amora, she is one of Thor’s greatest enemies. Amora’s sister, Lorelei, appeared in an episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Enchantress has been around since  Journey Into Mystery #103 (1964).
  • Knorda – the super-strong Asgardian warrior queen of the Mountain Giants. First appearance: Journey Into Mystery #109 (1964).
  • Hela – Loki’s child and the Asgardian goddess of Death. There’s no evidence Loki has a child in the MCU but he’s the kind of guy who might keep things like that secret. Journey Into Mystery #102 (1964).
  • Karnilla –The Queen of Nornheim (one of the Asgardian provinces), she actually taught Enchatress how to use magic. The Norns played a role in a deleted scene from Avengers: Age Of Ultron so maybe…


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