When Thor Ragnarok’s first trailer was released, the supervillain Hela stole the entire show with her magnificence. But what do we know about her apart from being a bad-ass villain…not much. Here are five facts that you need to know about the villain who destroyed Thor’s hammer:
Hela Is Based Off A Norse Goddess:
Like many in the world of Thor, Hela is based off the Norse goddess named Hel. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin as ruler of a realm of the same name, located in Niflheim. She is described as being half blue and half flesh-coloured and further as having a gloomy, downcast appearance.
Hela Is Ruler Of The Underworld:
In both Norse Myth and the Marvel Universe, Odin appoints her to rule over Hel which is literally Asgard’s version of hell. Hela continually tries to take over Valhalla, grand hall in Asgard where souls who died honorably reside. Both Odin and Thor often stop her from this plan. She can also command all of the dead who dwell in Hel and Niflheim.
Hela Is MCU’s First Major Female Villain:
Although Marvel Cinematic Universe is on its Third Phase, it has only started taking the initiative to concentrate more on the female characters from the Marvel universe. Captain Marvel will be the first female superhero to headline a solo film while Hela breaks new grounds as Marvel’s first female supervillain.
Hela And Loki Have A Twisted Connection:
In Norse Mythology, Hel was actually the daughter of the God of Mischief himself. That is not touched upon in the Marvel Universe, especially in MCU but Loki is the character who unleashes Hela onto Asgard (accidentally). Loki, who had been impersonating Odin did the damage which sent the whole of Asgard nearer to Ragnarok.
Hela Is Stronger than You Think:
If you have seen the Thor: Ragnarok trailer, then you will know that Hela is no villain to be joking over. She destroyed Mjolnir like it was not the powerful weapon that it claimed to be and she banished Thor to Sakaar. She wears a cloak that keeps her true form hidden, she has mystical powers that no Asgardian can resist and can also lead to their death. She can also command all of the dead who dwell in Hel and Niflheim but not Valhalla.
Originally Published: https://www.quirkybyte.com/blog/2017/04/20/thor-ragnarok-hela-supervillain-asgard/