One of this year's most highly anticipated superhero films is "Thor: Ragnarok," the third and final installment in Marvel's "Thor" series. The trailers provided an interesting introduction to the last film in the trilogy that was launched back in 2011. Now seven years later, viewers see the God of Thunder surprisingly without his Mjolnir, his mighty hammer that played an integral role throughout the run of his films. In "Ragnarok," however, viewers will get to see just how Cate Blanchett's Hela will crush the hammer with her right hand, something that was already shown in the trailer.

Cate Blanchett talks about destroying the Mjolnir

Last week saw the culmination of the highly anticipated San Diego Comic Con, where large franchises and film studios showed off their latest trailers, including one for "Thor: Ragnarok." Cate Blanchett was also on hand to promote the upcoming film hitting theaters this November.

The 48-year old two-time Academy Award winning actress spoke about what truly piqued her interest in the role of Hela in the upcoming "Ragnarok" film. She told E! News, "I thought that was really exciting that they were prepared to destroy Thor's power in the first few minutes. It's a nice entrance."

Actress didn't realize she was playing the first female villain

In addition to being the Goddess of Death, Hela is actually Marvel's first female villain.

Surely, "Guardians of the Galaxy" introduced Karen Gillan's Nebula as first an ally of Thanos, but she had a change of heart in the sequel. No other female Marvel character was quite at the evil level of Hela.

Cate Blanchett told E! News that she hadn't really realized that she was playing the first ever female Marvel villain on the big screen.

She commented that she was aware of the many female characters who were also villains in the comics, but "they've been a little tardy in bringing them to the screen, so hopefully there will be a lot more villainesses."

Hela to appear in 'Infinity War'?

As the Goddess of Death, Hela is assumed to be an ally of Thanos, who is set to finally get up from his throne and ruffle the feathers of the Avengers and the Guardians come "Avengers: Infinity War" next year.

Screen Rant reported that while it's unclear whether Hela and Thanos' relationship in the comic books will also appear on the big screen, it's not unlikely that she would play a role in next year's outing, especially if Thor does not defeat her in this year's "Thor: Ragnarok."

Back in April, Joe Russo, who is directing "Infinity War" with his brother Anthony, mentioned to ComicBook that "Where [Thor is] gonna be at the beginning of 'Infinity War' is gonna be a very interesting place and I think very profound. I think he's gonna have a real emotional motivation after that."

"Thor: Ragnarok" arrives in theaters this November 3.

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