The release date of "Thor: Ragnarok" is fast approaching and the franchise has moved on to promoting the film just a few months before it hits theaters. The cast recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times to shed more light on their characters and how they brought them to life. Interestingly, Cate Blanchett, who plays Hela in the highly anticipated film, reiterated how proud she was to play the first ever Marvel villain on the big screen. She admitted that it was one of the primary reasons why she wanted to play the role in the first place.

Cate Blanchett likes Hela's grand entrance

Back in July, "Thor: Ragnarok" actress Cate Blanchett talked about how she was initially unaware that she was going to play the first female Marvel villain on the big screen. She was well aware of the many female villains in the comics but realized that film studios haven't really put them on the big screen just yet. In the first look at the film, Blanchett's Hela can be seen smirking as she destroys Thor's Mjolnir, which was central to his story in the first two films. This leaves audiences asking, what happens to Thor now that he's stripped of his trusty hammer? What happens to his powers then? Blanchett said that Hela destroying Thor's hammer was "a nice entrance" and an awesome way to introduce her character.

Actress had to imagine being a 'reindeer' for the role

But aside from the on-screen awesomeness in the final film, "Thor: Ragnarok" actress had to get into character to sport her massive headdress of horns. Cate Blanchett told the Los Angeles Times, "The headdress is such a huge part of when she comes into the height of her powers in the film.

I only wore that really in the photo shoots. I had to sort of imagining what it was like being a reindeer." It seems like it definitely worked, as the actress looked amazing in the first footage Marvel released for the film.

Three reasons why Cate Blanchett wanted the role

Cate Blanchett is a Hollywood A-lister not only for her talents but also for her award-winning acting skills.

She has earned two Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, among other prestigious honors. With the caliber of her talent, she's in the position to select roles that she would best fit in. In "Thor: Ragnarok," Blanchett admitted that the reason she wanted to play Hela was that Taika Waititi was the director and that she was going to play the goddess of death. Lastly, it is a big deal to play the first female Marvel villain on the big screen, which hopefully will pave the way for more in the future.

"Thor: Ragnarok" opens on November 3, 2017.