Hela, The Goddess of Death, will be making her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on November 3rd, 2017. While Thor may be one of the Marvel’s most popular heroes, his rogue’s gallery may not be as well known.

With THOR: RAGNAROK coming soon, we figured we would explain who Hela is. We will also try to speculate how big of a role she will have in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hela, The Goddess of Death’s Comic Origin

According to the Marvel Universe Wiki, Hela was born ages ago to the being who would one day be called Loki and the sorceress giantess Angrboda. On the day of her maturity, Odin appointed her goddess and ruler of the northernmost realms of the dead. Those realms are known as Hel and Niflheim.

Her special dominion was over the souls of all who did not die in battle. Odin himself built the palace Valhalla to house the souls of all of those who died as heroes. In recent years, when Odin’s attention had strayed from the maintenance of Valhalla, Hela tried to annex that realm to her own, hoping to consolidate her power over all Asgard’s dead.

Eventually, Odin grew aware of her ambitions and opposed them. In the course of the battle, Odin’s band of Valkyrior, the custodians of Valhalla, lost their physical forms, no longer able to travel from Valhalla except in their wraith-like astral forms.

Hela gave up her contest for Valhalla when Odin vowed to keep better watch over it in future, and she returned to her realms. Although Hela’s province is over Asgard’s dead, she has occasionally formed alliances with other death gods, including Pluto (Olympian god of death), and has held court with many rulers of demonic realms such as Blackheart, Dormammu, Mephisto, and Satannish.

Recent Comics Appearance

One of the latest comic appearances of Hela took place in THE UNWORTHY THOR #5. While she wasn’t the main character within the issue, we saw her making a deal with Thanos himself.

Hela and Thanos

Thanos will help her take back her kingdom of Niffleheim, in exchange, she will give Thanos death. After the agreement was made, the two shared a passionate kiss. This was followed by Thor #700 where Hela and Thanos can be seen killing people and embracing after.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Speculation

Since THOR: RAGNAROK did not come out yet, it is unclear if Hela will play a more significant role within the MCU or be defeated by Thor in the film. While there is nothing official about the fate of the Goddess of Death, some speculation can be gathered through the trailer.

SDCC: THOR: RAGNAROK Official Trailer Breakdown

It seems that Hela will be awakened rather than just being stuck in her realm. As she comes to Asgard, she will bring death and destruction to all of Asgard. While in the comics, Hela is Loki’s daughter, it is entirely possible that she could be Loki’s mother within the movies.

They both wear similar colors of dark green, and they both have a human appearance with dark hair. It is possible that Ymir, King of the Frost Giants, had a child with The ruler of Hel herself. Both are powerful and feared leaders of their realms and Loki’s true mother has not been revealed within the MCU.

Hela (MCU)
Hela in THOR: RAGNAROK

It is possible that THOR: RAGNAROK will not be the last audiences see of Hela. During the first mid-credits scene of THE AVENGERS, The Other told Thanos that to challenge the Avengers is to court Death. Thanos sought the love of Mistress Death in the comics during the Infinity Gauntlet storyline.

The movies could reveal that Mistress Death is Hela herself. It will be complicated to explain how there are two entities of Death in one universe. That could also be the reason why Thanos and Hela are together in the comics. That could be Marvel’s way of preparing us for the movies.

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