Thor’s dealt with a lot during his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from foiling his adoptive brother’s invasion of Earth to preventing a Dark Elf from using the Aether to plunge the universe into darkness. This fall, the God of Thunder will face off against Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death who wants to unleash Ragnarok. Comic book movies often take creative liberties with adapting costumes for heroes and villains, but Cate Blanchett’s duds in Thor: Ragnarok are reasonably faithful to what her comic book counterpart wears. However, because much of her costume had to be created in post-production, it was difficult for Blanchett to act intimidating in her on-set outfit. Blanchett said:
Half of my costume was done in post. So a lot of the time I was trying to look fierce and bad and indomitable in a mocap suit which is pretty hard to do. That’s a lot of polyester to wear in Queensland.
Even for one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, acting like a all-mighty goddess bent on wreaking destruction can be difficult if you’re only wearing a standard motion capture suit. On top of that, wearing such a suit in the hot Australian weather sounds incredibly uncomfortable, but if the Thor: Ragnarok trailers are any indication, Cate Blanchett pulled off her performance remarkably well despite these hitches. With a little over three months to go until Thor: Ragnarok‘s release, the final post-production touches are being made as we speak, which includes perfecting Hela’s costume, antler headdress and all.
Despite the on-set issues, there was one advantage to wearing the mo-cap during a good chunk of principal photography, according to Cate Blanchett. She continued in her interview with E! News:
It wasn’t so bad. I think the restroom is harder for Chris [Hemsworth]. But Mark [Ruffalo] and I were wearing mocap suits a lot, which are very easy to go in. And probably no one would notice if you did it in the suit, they’re so horrendous. But I did not.
The Thor: Ragnarok costume department expresses their deepest gratitude that Cate Blanchett did not relieve herself in the mo-cap suit.
After being imprisoned for thousands of years, Hela will be awakened in Thor: Ragnarok, and she’ll immediately set out to destroy Asgard so it can be reborn in her image. She’ll be aided in her sinister plot by Skurge, the Asgardian who is guarding the Bifrost Bridge in Heimdall’s absence, and the fire giant Surtur. Upon dealing with their messy situation on The Grandmaster’s planet Sakaar, it will be up to Thor, Hulk, Valkyrie and Loki to stop Hela from initiating the apocalyptic event from Norse mythology.
We’ll see how the fully-uniformed Hela’s machinations unfold when Thor: Ragnarokis released on November 3. You can also check out what other Marvel movies are arriving in the coming years.