Recently released in a number of international territories, Thor: Ragnarok will hit US theaters tonight. In it, Chris Hemsworth's Marvel superhero assembles a new team called the Revengers to confront Cate Blanchett's menacing new supervillain, Hela.
We may finally see the Goddess of Death in the Taika Waititi flick, but Kevin Feige recently told SlashFilm that the studio considered having her debut in the God of Thunder's second standalone movie. The Marvel Studios president didn't explain why they didn't use her in that movie, but he did share that he was glad it didn't happen:
Blue sky ideas always started on this film with Hela. We wanted to make Hela the villain. Hela was almost the villain in Thor 2. It didn't happen for various reasons. And thank God it didn't, because now we have Cate Blanchett and Taika doing it.
Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) was the big baddie in Thor: The Dark World, and he was one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most underwhelming villains. The notion that we might have seen Hela instead of Malekith in the movie may seem intriguing, but we should keep in mind that Alan Taylor directed the second installment, and a different actress would have played Hela. Maybe Feige was on the right track when he said he was glad that things didn't work out as originally planned.
Meanwhile, director Waititi revealed in a separate interview that he wanted Perrikus to make the jump from print to the big screen in Ragnarok. However, for some unknown reason, that didn't happen, either. Check out the interview clip below!
Known as the God of Unlimited Power and Infinite Energy, Perrikus was one of the Dark Gods introduced in 1998 by Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr. Like Hela, he’s able to shatter Thor’s hammer. Waititi is interested in making additional Thor movies, so it’s possible that we might see the supervillain somewhere down the road.