The teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok dropped Monday, and the most intriguing character is Cate Blanchett’s Hela, a goth chic villain capable of crushing Thor’s hammer with one hand. The Oscar-winning actress will play the Goddess of Death, who has a will to kill and an affinity for black spandex. Unleashed from prison, she takes over Thor’s homeland where the gods usually reside. “Asgard is dead,” she declares in the trailer.
Hela also happens to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first major female villain. Here’s everything that you need to know about the comic book character and what to expect from Blanchett in the film.
Hela rules over the underworld
Hela is the Asgardian goddess of death, inspired by the Norse goddess Hel. In the comic books, the Asgardian king Odin (Thor’s dad) appoints her to rule over Hel, a dark underworld-like hell, and Nifleheim, a sort of icy purgatory. She often tries to extend her rule to Valhalla, a grand hall in Asgard where souls who died honorably reside. Thor — played by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel films — is usually the hero who stops her.
Loki plays a part in her scheme
In the film, Thor discovers that his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been impersonating their missing father, Odin, and ruling Asgard. But Loki doesn’t make the best ruler as he accidentally releases the imprisoned Hela. “She’s been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” Blanchett told Entertainment Weekly.
Thor confronts Hela, but she overpowers him and sends him to a planet called Sakaar. From there, he must fight his way back to Asgard with the help of his buddy, Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk.
In the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, Hela easily breaks Thor’s beloved hammer — a tool that even Captain America can’t lift. She can kill mortals and weaken gods by simply touching them. In the comic books, she wears a cape that gives her powers even greater than those of her Asgardian colleagues. When she isn’t wearing her cape, her true form — half young and healthy, half decaying — is revealed. In the movie, she doesn’t appear to need a cape to access those special powers, but she does sport some impressive headgear.
Hela is a major first for Marvel
Thor: Ragnarok will be the 17th Marvel Studios film — and the first with a woman as its main villain. (Henchmen Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy is the closest Marvel’s come to offering up a female baddie before.) That long of a wait seems ridiculous to even Blanchett. “Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain?” she asked Entertainment Weekly. “It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women.”
What if ARDYN was the one to help Prompto escape when he was little.
Or Let him escape. Let him go, got him out of there.
What if it was Ardyn who took Vesteal’s child and let him escape. Freed him, sent him to Lucis with the ILLUSION of a family.
What if it was ARDYN that took Pryna and hurt the poor pupper, and placed the dog in front of Prompto’s home
dude What I F
Think about how much Ardyn as already ‘helped’ push things along. He’s always helping to set things on the track he needs them on why not set up someone to befriend the prince, someone from Nifleheim. Someone he could use later on down the line to help him gain what eh was looking for.
IDEK if this all makes sense, but it popped into my head, and i love it.
From what we heard from the time it was still FF Versus XIII, here’s what the story (FFXV) was supposed to be like:
The kingdom of Lucis was plunged in eternal darkness…but no one cared, for it was a society that worshipped Death (Etro). Indeed, people who went through near-death experiences had been given a small glimpse of Etro’s power, allowing them to do the kind of things we see in the actual game. Noctis was one of those people. He was also the heir to the Royal Family of Lucis, which operated more like a mafia than an actual monarchy. As the holders of the last Crystals, they had basically the rest of the world under their thumb. Another person with the powers of Etro was Stella, and she was, originally, supposed to be the Final Boss. Indeed, the attacks on the kingdom of Lucis were motivated by Nifleheim, which actually wanted Lucis to share their power with the world instead of dominating the world (at the time, Lucis was the only “modern” kingdom in the world, the rest being more medieval like.)
So originally, you were supposed to be the BAD GUY of the story!! And if you remember well the very, very first trailer of Versus XIII, we see Noctis sitting on his throne, alone and depressed, waiting for waves of soldiers to repell single-handedly. That meant that he had actually achieved supreme power…and was more alone than ever since, having killed Stella, he had lost the only person who could understand him, the only glimpse of light in his world.
Headcanons (if you're still taking them) for Kid!Ravus!!! What was the cute little freckle boy like? Also, if it segueways into how he rose up in the ranks of Nifleheim's militia, that's fine too.
SOME KIDDY RAVUS HEADCANONS, YOU SAY? WELL, LET ME TELL YOU.
The Tenebraen Prince – Ravus Nox Fleuret as a Kid Headcanons
So, it was mentioned before that Ravus was once a smiley little kid before, you know, everything went down the toilet. If Luna remembered it so well, he probably had a smile that could light up the room, and one that you couldn’t really say no to.
He probably had more prominent freckles when he was younger too, seeing how in Kingsglaive, his 16 year old self had a bunch of freckles over his face. But said freckles probably made him less intimidating than when he wanted to be.
Don’t worry, baby Ravus! You become scarier when you get older!
He probably had a brutal puppy dog expression that very few people could say no to. Just flash the sparkley puppy eyes and boom. He has all the cake that he wants to eat. The only person who could tell him no was his tutor, probably.
He and Luna were close as well, Ravus and Luna running around the manor together and acting as if they were exploring something super secret. Or by trying to solve the mystery of who stole Lunafreya’s favorite doll. (It was Pyrna. He really wanted to sleep with it.)
He and Luna, after playing their games together, would end up sneaking into the kitchen and stealing the jar of cookies the chef tries to hide (Umbra’s the best at finding things). They proceed to run off and eat cookies until Gentiana finds them passed out on the floor after their sugar high.
Ravus probably had alot of cavities that needed to be filled with how much sugar he ate when he was little.
He would also go out with his sister and go collect the flowers in the hillside together, trying to bring as much as they could back to make flower crowns for everyone in the manor. He keeps a few of the sylleblossoms and rare flowers they found pressed in a book that’s hidden in his desk.
Ravus used to be a very skilled pianist and violinist when he was younger, helping to teach Luna what he learned in playing the piano so the two could play music together for their mother when she was around. It unfortunately stopped when Tenebrae was attacked and their mother passed away.
He was never a really touchy-feeling kind of person even as a kid, and would often cringe whenever he had to have kisses and hugs from people, or give them either. But he was always willing to give his sister hugs and forehead kisses whenever she was upset about something. He still does too, despite him being more impersonal than ever.
His favorite tutoring subject was probably literature and English, loving to read some really complex stories for a kid his age (the kind of kid who would read Lord of the Flies and Shakespeare at age 13 or something). He really hated having to learn science and math though. Too boring for him.
Ravus probably really liked eating cake and tea when he was younger because breakfast particularly was the only time he was able to spend with his mother and his sister at the same time without much interruption. So he always makes it his daily routine to this day to have a small pastry/piece of cake and some tea, even if he isn’t able to share it with Luna or his mother anymore.
Prompto pulled the hood further over his face and continued to hurry further down the busy streets. It had been only a couple of days since Nifleheim and Lucis had gone to war for the second time, people were conscripted and sent away from their families. Even now, Prompto winced at the sight of family members having sad little send-offs outside of their tiny houses. Surrounded by friends and family.
I’ve posted parts of this theory elsewhere but wanted to organize my thoughts all in one place.
Currently the accepted theory is that Prompto’s DLC chapter is going to take place in between the time he’s pushed off the train and when he’s captured by Ardyn, with a lot of speculation about what happens during that time.
My personal theory is that Prompto is going to learn explicitly how the magitek troopers are made versus the implications of what Noctis can learn by reading reports and listening to radios scattered around Zengatunus Keep. Based on what Noctis can learn if the player bothers is that to make MTs humans are infected with the starscourge plague, the human turns into a demon, and then the demon gets shoved into robotic/lightproof armor.(hence why everyone thought that MTs where “empty” as the demon dissolves into nothing when they are killed or exposed to light.) Either from Ardyn, or possibly his own father(and also means he’s going to learn who his biological father is)
And he is going to learn how close he was to that fate(doubtful he would have known before as he was taken out of Nifleheim as a baby, and no-one outside of the Magitek research facility seems to know how MTs are produced)
The prone figure he’s shown in the trailor to be tearfully aiming at isn’t anyone special or connected to him. Just another Magitek Trooper like all the other MT’s he’s fought and destroyed before. It’s just now he knows that MT used to be a person. A person who was never given a choice about becoming the empire’s weapon and cannon fodder. A person that could have been him if not for the grace of the Astrals. And Prompto is compassionate enough, kind enough that that waste and callous disregard by the empire would make him cry.
HOYL SHIT WHAT IF I MAKE AN AU WHERE PROMPTO IS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF BATTLE BETWEEN NIFLEHEIM AND LUCIS WHERE THE NEWLY RECRUITED GLAIVES ARE HAVING THEIR FIRST FIGHT AND CROWE IS LIKE SHIT IS THAT A KID GUYS?! AND NYX IS LIKE OH FUCK NO AND IT’S THE FIRST TIME HE WARPS SUCCESSFULLY AND HE SAVES PROMPTO AND THEY RAISE HIM AND HE BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE KINGSGLAIVE AND NOCT’S CLOSE FRIEND
Does Ardyn make a good shopping buddy for his s/o? Guess we’ll find out.
Ardyn. To be completely honest, looking at things through a canon lens, it’d be kind of strange for the Chancellor of Nifleheim to be about shopping with his s/o. Regardless of his own feelings on the matter. But in a world where he’s just a dude with an s/o and no political machinations on his agenda; I think he’d love to shop with his s/o. Even from a canon lens, I think he may want to share the experience with his s/o but it’d create too much of a hoopla to actually go out in public so openly. So he’d rather not join them for their own convenience. I think amidst all the security procedures and protocols the appeal of spending time like this loses some of it’s appeal to him.
But back to the ‘normal dude Ardyn’ side. Over here, Ardyn would tag along happily because he’s just a normal dude with an s/o. He may not seem overly enthusiastic, but he does suggest stores to check out. Or offer his opinion. Or ask his s/o about anything he isn’t too familiar with, though this one only really applies if his s/o is shopping for hobby-related stuff, or even work related stuff. At any rate, he’s attentive and wouldn’t complain unless he genuinely has a reason to. He’d also definitely ask his s/o to tag along when he needs to do any shopping. Mostly because he loves their company, and it gives him an excuse to ask them to go on a “sort of date” with him.
‘ this,‘ hela begins referring to the bottle of vodka in her hand. ‘ is disgusting. love it,‘ she was positive that was not something they had on asgard let alone hel or nifleheim. it wasn’t enough to make her like earth but it was a start.
Final Fantasy XV and it`s connection to history and culture
We know that Final Fantay XV`s slogan is “fantasy
based on reality” and as we look at the game, that certainly is the case. We
can spot buildings and locations that are influenced by thing found in real
life. What I think is even more fascinating, is that FFXV has also seemed to
gain a lot of inspiration from history and culture, especially from Medieval
ages and knight-culture. It also seems connects to other things, myths legends
and etc.. This is not super new, but the amount of little things they have
integrated into FFXV is really fascinating, especially since FFXV world
resembles an modern one. In this post I
am going to look at some the historical, mythical and cultural things that
have possibly inspired FFXV.
Your worldbuilding: jotunheim tag is the most gorgeous thing in the world aahhh thank you so much for collecting these beautiful pictures!!! Do you have other worldbuilding tags?
I’m glad you like it! I love that tag a lot, there’s so much cool stuff to draw inspiration from, which I just kind of want to roll around in sometimes. The Jotunheim tag is definitely the best one and I admit that my tags are kind of a mess about this (I’m never quite sure how to organize them properly), but I do have a few that I’ve been using!
- worldbuilding: jotunheim is a mix of canon and inspriational posts, a lot of the ice hotel/caves stuff, but I’ve also been doing a lot of hq screencaps of Jotunheim to show it off as best I can. - worldbuilding: alfheim is pretty sparse right now (just the handful), but as I play the other games and they go to Alfheim or find things I think would fit the light elves, I’ll build that one up more. I need a better sense for what kind of world I want to headcanon it as first! - worldbuilding: vanaheim is also pretty sparse right now, but I’ve been going through that 2011 ps3/xbox 360 game to get a sense of that version of Vanaheim and I’ll be posting about it soon. - worldbuilding: asgard is mostly canon-based stuff, anything that’s really focused on looking at what we can glean from it. It’s not a perfect tag, I’ve missed a fair amount, but it has some of the relevant TDW liveblogging posts and anything from the games that gives a better idea of Asgard. I’m especially fond of looking at decor, architecture, and fashion! - worldbuilding: nidavellir is also pretty small, but there’s this one really gorgeous photoset that hit exactly how I headcanon Nidavellir, so I wanted to share!! - worldbuilding: niflheim is small, a mix of nature photos and game-related stuff (you’d probably be better off in the niflheim tag), but it’s interesting to me!
I have a couple of inspirational tags that I also like a lot, from some other sources that I like to use for worldbuilding/giving me an idea for how to write backgrounds. - inspiration: final fantasy xii is fun because some of the cities really give off the old world style meets magic + advanced technology that I like with Asgard! - inspiration: skyrim is actually my favorite, because that game is heavily influenced by Norse mythology and Norse aesthetics! There’s not a lot of advanced technology in the game, but there’s some really cool architecture and magic, so I could see this as a place in Jotunheim or this or this being in the Medina/lower part of the city of Asgard or this as one of the books from Asgard, whether in Odin’s library or one that Loki studies.
I also have a thor: god of thunder (game) tag, which is for my liveblogging of the game, which I’m not always great about putting those posts in the other worldbuilding tags (as mentioned, I’m pretty disorganized/I haven’t figured out my system yet), but has a lot of commentary and notes about the various locations Thor visits there. Which means a lot of screencaps showing off various places in Asgard and Nifleheim so far! I’ve talked a fair amount about niflheim, actually, which may not wind up being true to the MCU version if they go there, but I don’t think they will, so this is a good source if you want to look through it. It’s a surprisingly pretty place!
I also have a thor concept art tag, which is really good for a lot of art of the cities and landscapes and character designs!
In Nordic times they believed in their own Gods and Goddesses. Like in the Christian theology earth was created by a God, the Vikings had their own belief on how the world, the human world “Midgard” aka “earth” was created. There were other worlds/realms, not all was created by the Gods, in the beginning, before the creation of Midgard there was Muspellshiemr “world of Fire” and Niflheimr “Realm of frozen mist” between these two worlds was a void “Ginnungagap“.
The first giant named Ymir was formed from fire and ice and who lived on Ginnungagap. While the giant slept, the sweat from his arm pit formed out a man and a woman and one of his legs formed a six headed giant, and then there was a block of ice forming into a cow named Audumla. While Ymir lived off of Audumla’s milk by suckling on her, she was licking a block of salty ice form into a man. Days later the ice melted and the first God named Buri was born. Buri than had a son named Borr. Borr fathered Odin, Vili and Ve. The three sons created the universe by slaughtering the giant Ymir.
“Out of Ymir’s flesh the earth was formed,
And out of his bones the mountains,
Heaven from the skull of the frost cold giant,
And from his “sweat” [blood] the sea.”
-Norse Mythology by John Lindow, page 322.
They used Ymir’s body creating the whole universe, comprising the nine worlds. Ymir’s flesh as earth, his sweat and blood for the sea, his skull used to create heaven. The Gods used the glowing sparks of Muspell to create the sun, moon and stars,
than they used Ymir’s eyebrows was used to create a world of humans “Midgard”, his brain as the clouds. One day the Gods saw two trees with their roots ripped away from the earth, so the Gods made them the first man and woman. The Gods gave the man and woman gifts, Odin gave to them spirit of life, Vili gave to them sharp wits and feelings and Ve gave to them sight and hearing, they were named Ask (ash tree) and Embla (elm tree) and the Gods gave them Midgard to live in and every race and nations everyone is descended from them. The Gods made Jotunheim for the giants to rule over.
Night and Day; Night is the daughter of Narvi (giant) and mother of Day, Odin sits them in their chariots and sends them into the sky, they were to ride around the world every two half days. Than there were two beautiful children they were named Sun and Moon, the Gods took them and put them into the sky to guide the chariots, Sun guiding Day, and Moon guiding Night, and they are the light that shines Midgard. Sun and Moon were always in a hurry, that is because they are chased by two wolves. Skol chased Sun and Hati chased Moon, and when the time of Ragnarok comes they will both be both be run down by them.
The Yggdrasil (World tree/Tree of life) it’s the life force of the universe and it’s roots holds all nine worlds, which are;
Midgard: World of humanity.
Asgard: Home of the Aesir Gods and Goddesses.
Vanaheim: Home of the Vanir Gods and Goddesses.
Jotunhiem: world of giants.
Nifleheim,:world of icy mist and the home of Hel (Loki’s daughter.) .
Muspelheim: world of fire.
Alfheim: Home of the light elves.
Svartalfheim: home of the dark elves.
Nidavellir: Home of the dwarfs.
Places you should know in these worlds:
Valhalla is located in Asgard, it is the hall of the slain. Where warriors die in battle and to be chosen to enter into this hall. The warriors fight on Vidgrid fields by day and drink with the Gods in the hall of Valhalla by night, it is a ’happy’ place for warriors. It’s something like “heaven” in Christianity. They do this till the end of the worlds ‘Ragnorok’.
Helheim is a kingdom in Nifleheim, this is where Hel keeps the dead, the people who have died from illnesses, they are to serve her and she treats them kindly. Though people who where impure are burned in the river called Hvelgelmir or they get eaten by the Nidhogg Dragon, who also gnaws on the roots of the Yggdrasil. A squirrel (Ratatosk.) runs up and down the Yggdrasil to send insulting messages between the Nihogg dragon and the eagle. The Norns feed the roots of the Yggdrasil water from the Mimir well, healing the roots that the dragon chewed on.