Cate Blanchett returned to the MCU in “Thor: Love and Thunder” after her last appearance in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” as Hela. While fans loved Hela’s character in the earlier film, her recent appearance was humorously portrayed by Melissa McCarthy.
Cate Blanchett Makes MCU Return
Cate Blanchett made her return to the MCU in Episode 7 of What If…? Season 2, reprising her role as Hela for the first time since Ragnarok. However, this time in the animated medium. In the episode titled “What If…Hela Found the Ten Rings,” which blends alternate events from Thor and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Blanchett’s Hela takes center stage.
In this alternate universe, Hela faces banishment to Earth by Odin for her ambitious plans to conquer the nine realms. Stripped of her powerful helmet, this scenario diverges from Thor’s original storyline, where he is banished to Earth with Mjolnir. After aligning herself with the Mandarin, Hela spends years fighting alongside him before discovering Ta Lo. There she adopts a new outfit and learns mystical martial arts.
Teaming up with Wenwu, Hela and the Mandarin confront Odin, who comes to Earth. Despite Odin’s offer for her to return to Asgard, Hela refuses, regains her helmet and powers, and forms an alliance with the Ten Rings. As a more protective Goddess of Death, she, along with the Mandarin, brings peace to the Nine Realms in this alternate narrative.
Will Hela Return After What If…?
The future of Cate Blanchett’s return as Hela in the MCU remains uncertain, with discussions about her place in the franchise dating back over a decade. While Season 1 of What If…? only referred to the character, Season 2 marked her first substantial appearance in the animated series. As the remaining episodes of Season 2 unfold, it appears that this episode might be Hela’s sole appearance in this season.
However, the door for Hela’s return to the MCU may not be closed. Director Bryan Andrews has hinted at an even more exhilarating Season 3 of What If…?, suggesting the potential for further involvement of characters like Hela. The dynamic nature of the What If…? series allows for creative exploration and unexpected narrative twists.
For fans eager to see more of Hela or explore alternative storylines, keeping an eye on future MCU developments and potential appearances in upcoming seasons or projects is key. What If…? Season 2 is currently available for streaming on Disney+.