'Thor: Ragnarok' cast news, plot updates: Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett talk about their roles in upcoming movie


Marvel Studios sets “Thor: Ragnarok” as their last 2017 offering on the big screen. Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) solo movie will bring two female comic book characters into life.

According to the plot (as revealed by Entertainment Weekly), “Thor: Ragnarok” will pick up with Thor’s return to Asgard after battling Earth’s humanoid villain in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

The Asgardian prince finds out that his father, King Odin, is missing and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) took over the throne. Apart from this, Thor’s adopted brother has freed Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death.

“She’s been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she get unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” Blanchett said as she described her character.

“Her headdress can be weapons. She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body,” she added.

To prepare her for her villainous role, the Australian actress admitted that she read the comic books to get to know the history of Hela. The character is wearing a mask, so Blanchett had to approach Taika Waititi, the film director, to ask when she can remove her mask.

Blanchett teased that she would bring the Ragnarok in Asgard.

“Hopefully we’re given her a journey,” said the Oscar-winning actress about her hopes on her portrayal of the female antagonist.

Back in the storyline, Hela has defeated Thor in their first battle. The eldest son of Odin is exiled to Sakaar, a barbaric planet, where he will meet Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a fierce female warrior.

“She finds Thor and brings Thor to the Grandmaster thinking he might be of interest,” Thompson hinted at her role in the upcoming superhero film. After losing his hammer, the powerless god will become a gladiator on the planet.

Thompson added that Valkyrie is actually from Asgard, but she is staying in Sakaar because of a “business relationship” with the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

The female warrior is seen wearing leather clothes as armor.

“She’s such a bad ass that she doesn’t need a lot of metal to protect her,” said the “Creeds” star.

“Thor: Ragnarok” will hit the big screen on Nov. 3.