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We have an inkling why those in the Marvel Universe might fear Cate Blanchett‘s character Hela: because she’s the goddess of death. Yep, that’ll do it.

Blanchett joins the Thor franchise in the next installment of the cosmic superhero series, Thor: Ragnarok, premiering on November 3. We had a first look at Hela earlier this year, and she talked about going to cosplayers’ YouTube videos for style inspiration.

Here’s a look at her in action — and her finished look — in new footage released yesterday (October 5). It turns out, she’s stronger than both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston):

And now, Blanchett is talking about playing Hela. visited the set during filming and caught up with the Australian actress, who expanded on how her villainous role fits into the bigger picture: “I think it’s very interesting to bring the concept of Death into a world that’s ostensibly immortal.”

“I think that there’s a side of death which can be gentleman kind and there’s a side of death which can be brutal and savage, depending on whose death it is…”

Blanchett goes on to describe Hela’s relationship with Asgard, the world from which Thor and Loki originate, as does she, saying, “I think that there’s a lot of unresolved issues that she has with Asgard, that each step of the way she doesn’t meet people who are receptive to her.”

She adds that Hela is “bewildered” as to why people are frightened of her, yet the horned villainess isn’t prepared to reign in her baddie ways because, well, “the more havoc she wreaks, the stronger she becomes.”

Speaking of horns… Blanchett also told how both she and Loki (Hiddleston) wear headgear adorned with foreboding pointy tips, saying, “Hela looked very similar to Loki and I said, ‘How can we either make that a virtue or be a little bit more creative with that?'”

Possibly it’s some foreshadowing, and Hela and Loki have a connection. We’re guessing they’re either allies or we’ll see them butting heads horns.

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords), hits theaters on November 3.

We can also look for familiar faces, but new additions to the Thor series, such as Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Idris Elba will return to reprise his role as Heimdall.

Is Hela the kind of baddie you find yourself secretly cheering for? 

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By Brigid Brown