Marvel Producer Recounts The Strange Origins Of Thor: Ragnarok’s Hela


The excitement for Thor: Ragnarok is palpable.

After ruling over social media rankings for months, Taika Waititi’s cosmic threequel was officially named as 2017’s most-anticipated fall movie earlier this morning, beating the likes of Justice League and Blade Runner 2049 to the #1 spot. It’s a relatively minor coup in the grand scheme of things, given Fandango’s survey only polled 1,000 film fans, but it does set the stage for an interesting tussle between Ragnarok and Justice League – between Marvel and DC – ahead of November. A rising tide raises all boats, or something to that effect.

Regardless, it is Thor: Ragnarok that will be arriving first (November 3rd), and now that Marvel has lifted the embargo on all those many set visits, has posted a new interview with the film’s executive producer, Brad Winderbaum, who focused on the origins of Hela.

Brought to life by Cate Blanchett, there’s a great deal of excitement swirling around Hela, given she’s the first major female villain to rule over the MCU. But how did Waititi’s vision for the character come to be?

According to Winderbaum, the late, great Jack Kirby was a big influence, while the Ragnarok producer also name-dropped Gorr the God Butcher as a point of reference.


A lot of the design of Hela is a combination of the early Jack Kirby stuff but also…especially his power set, the villain Gorr, who has a very specific power set of being able to manifest an infinite number of weapons. We are doing a version of that, not exactly, but a version of that for Hela in our movie because in the books Hela can kind of touch people and they die and sometimes she can do all sorts of different things and we really tried to specify and narrow it into very specific skill sets.

With Asgard between her crosshairs, Cate Blanchett’s Hela will be unleashed upon the moviegoing masses when Thor: Ragnarok opens on November 3rd.