Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” continues to generate heightened interest. Recently, the trailer of the highly anticipated flick was shown during a break in the Patriots/Kansas City Chiefs game of the NFL season opener.

Fans are thrilled about seeing Mighty Thor again portrayed by hunky Chris Hemsworth. For other movie buffs, “Thor: Ragnarok” offers other interesting and intriguing elements, including the roles played by other seasoned actors and actresses.

Fans are particularly intrigued with the role that Cate Blanchett tackles in the Marvel film.

The award-winning actress makes a dramatic entrance at the start of the movie, as the Goddess of Death who destroys Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.

Social media reactions

When film director Taiko Waititi tweeted that the running time for "Thor: Ragnarok" was 90 minutes and 40 minutes of credits it created a commotion on the Twitter sphere. One of the director’s online followers DCEU Countdown lamented that a meaningful story might not be told in 90 minutes. Others expressed that they were looking forward to a long movie.

Waititi may be credited for building tons of buzz for "Thor: Ragnarok." He has repeatedly posted teasers on his social media accounts showing scenes from the movie and brief behind-the-scenes videos of the actors.

All eyes on the female super villain

Cate Blanchett admitted that among the main reasons she agreed to play Hela was that Taika Waititi was at the directorial helm. Fans who have seen the trailer were awed not only by the storyline where the main characters were battling it out but also by the portrayal by the award-winning actress of a ruthless character.

Blanchett sporting her massive headdress of horns makes an eye-riveting sight. The "Blue Jasmine" and "Cinderella" actress noted that she is at the forefront of commencing a revolution in Marvel Comics films, being the very first female supervillain to be featured since the company started making their flicks.

Formidable cast

"Thor: Ragnarok" is among the crossover films where actors like Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo (as the Hulk) and other bankable Hollywood stars reprise their roles. In the upcoming flick, the God of Thunder returns home, taking off from "Avengers: Age of Ultron," finds Asgard facing danger because Hela has escaped her prison and is wreaking havoc.

Tom Hiddleston as Thor's adversarial brother Loki and Karl Urban as Skurge has also drawn much interest. The movie -- which is slated for an early November 2017 release -- will lead to another much-awaited film, "Avengers: Infinity War."