Thor: Ragnarok is a fun film, through and through, and what really helped this movie shine were the new female additions to the MCU. Valkyrie was spunky, tough, and she wasn’t one to mince words while Hela was frighteningly powerful, merciless, beautiful in a Goddess of Death sort of way and a great villainess for the film. I absolutely loved these awesome, strong women and I am here to talk, in full detail about them. Enjoy!
Like in this picture Valkyrie was front and center when it came to her role in the film. She never lagged behind Thor and gawked at him, it was more of the other way around, and she wasn’t your average female heroine. Most heroines, while strong, are used mainly as love interests in films but Valkyrie was not used in this way at all. While Thor did crush on her throughout the film and she began to obtain some feelings for the short-haired, musclebound god of thunder towards the end of the film that wasn’t the main focus of her role in the movie. She was an actual character with an actual story that made her an incredible asset to Thor’s special team, The Revengers.
And not only was she an awesome character because she wasn’t used as just a tool for romance in the movie but she was also just as tough as her male co-stars. SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD! When she fought Loki after their brief encounter with The Grandmaster she easily defeated him in that quick hand-to-hand scuffle. When she knocked him out after he forced her to remember her losing her comrades to Hela I was kind of surprised. She had beaten Loki in a fight, he wasn’t more powerful than her. That was so awesome!
And her relationship with Thor was just so refreshing.
Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster was very one-dimensional. Her only role in the last two Thor films was to be the god of thunder’s love interest. Valkyrie’s relationship with him was a lot more hostile throughout nearly the entire film. I mean look at this picture, that tells it all. That means if they ever do end up liking each other at least romantically in future films it’ll be a lot more genuine than nearly all of Marvel’s previous romantic relationships.
Tessa Thompson pretty much turned this unknown character into an immediate favorite with her impeccable portrayal of the female warrior and now Valkyrie has literally become my second favorite female superhero next to Wonder Woman. Thank you, Marvel, for making such an incredible character.
Hela, the Goddess of Death
Cate Blanchett is a marvelous actress, in fact, she is one of my favorite actresses, and so I had no doubt that she would become one of the greatest villains Marvel had to offer so far. Now, unfortunately, she wasn’t as dimensional as she could’ve been, in fact, her storyline was as flat as Ronan’s in Guardians of the Galaxy, but what made her so great was that it was Cate Blanchett portraying this powerful being.
She had such an air of grace and lethality that all of the other villains didn’t have throughout the other Marvel films. Yes, she was a Mwraa-haa-haa type of villain but she had a right to be. She was lightyears more powerful than nearly every being she encountered, even Thor himself, and so who wouldn’t be cocky?
I also loved that she did defeat Thor so easily. Usually, the Marvel villains aren’t that menacing or terrifying but what she did to Thor permanently changed him for future films. I’ll talk more about that in my spoiler-filled review later on this week but on the point at hand, I’m glad that Marvel’s first female villain was a worthy one.
Well, this is my post. The next Marvel film, Black Panther, will include a multitude of strong female women to cheer on and I’m so excited to get to know these new characters. Until then I hope you enjoyed these incredible women in the newest Thor film as much as I did and I thank you for reading this post. Have a beautiful day.