We already know from previous concept art releases that Cate Blanchett’s character Hela had plenty of design variations throughout the production of Thor: Ragnarok. Now, according to Andy Park, Marvel’s Visual Development Supervisor, Hela was at one point even supposed to wear a mourning well. It apparently went through several different interpretations before being removed completely.
There’s also plenty of other differences that you can catch between the concept drawings, including several capes that all differ from the final product found in the film. There’s one that appears more feathery, and one that matches her helmet from the film. It’s actually pretty interesting seeing how easily these scrapped designs would’ve fit in with the finished character.
On an early design option on Hela that I painted I wanted to explore the idea of a veil or covering of some sort to play with the idea of her being the Goddess of Death. What’s your favorite? #hela #thor #thorragnarok #conceptart #costume #design #villian #goddess #death #illustration #painting #digitalart #그림 #그림스타그램 #cateblanchett #marvel #marvelstudios
It’s interesting because the film’s director Taika Waititi said that the movie was a tricky one, even going as far as saying it was initially a failure:
“It was very tricky. We spent a lot of time in post-production, actually, figuring that out. It’s a very hard thing to strike that balance throughout two hours and 30 minutes, however many minutes this thing is, for that much time that you’re engaging in a film.”
“So we failed miserably and had a funny first 10 minutes and then a super-boring rest of the movie. But that’s luckily why you have such a long time in post-production, because you can test all these things out and get the very best film that you can.”
In the film:
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
What did you think about these alternate designs for Hela? Would you have liked to have seen her with a mourning veil? Let us know in the comments section down below!