The Thor: Ragnarok cast could be making a change from what we expected. So far the villains in the MCU have all been men, but there is a rumor going that Chris Hemsworth's character might be up against a woman this time.
It was originally part of Joss Whedon's plan to bring more female superheroes into the fray, starting with Scarlett Johanssen as Black Widow, a role which would become a running cameo in several movies. In fact, Scarlett is already in more films than Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Elizabeth Olsen has been added as Scarlet Witch, and other notable female heroes have included Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in Iron Man 3, Sif (Jaimie Alexander) in Thor: The Dark World, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Guardians of the Galaxy. Technically, Pepper almost became a superhero by accident but you should see Iron Man 3 if you want the full story.
It seems Marvel has been looking to change up their universe, even on the comic book page. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Thor himself was stripped of his Asgardian power as Mjolnir was given to a woman. It seems the films are taking a similar approach, without re-casting Hemsworth for the Thor: Ragnarok cast.
Not much is known yet of the next Thor film, but if recent rumors prove true, Ragnarok probably won't be the name of the villain unless they swap genders. Marvel has plans to do something similar with Doctor Strange, turning the Ancient One into a white woman instead of an Asian male by casting Tilda Swinton.
If Marvel can get away with Iron Man 3's Mandarin twist, it appears they can get away with anything. Sadly, no X-Men or Fantastic Four plans are happening in the MCU due to film rights.
It has been rumored as well that Valkyrie will also be added to the roster of female heroes starting with Thor: Ragnarok. Cast rumors were hinted at when Lainey Gossip claimed, "Marvel is also planning on bringing their first major female villain into their cinematic universe."
The first time we saw a female villain, she was a relative unknown introduced with Guardians of the Galaxy. Nebula (Karen Gillan) ended up being more than a headache for step-sister Gamora, but she was far from the main villain, which ended up being Ronan the Accuser.
One confirmed addition to the Thor: Ragnarok cast will be Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, which may explain why both characters are missing from the roster in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Even though Hulk may be technically in space, this still isn't an indication that he'll be joining the Guardians of the Galaxy or visiting Planet Hulk. Mark Ruffalo has said he would be up for it, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, but it's still just a rumor.
Thor: Ragnarok May Introduce Key Female Villain https://t.co/Qmr5IGiQS5 pic.twitter.com/t76P5bWDhDThere have been no hints who the possible female villain could be in the Thor: Ragnarok cast, though the big rumor is that she'll be played by someone big, like Cate Blanchett. Of course this is still speculation, as reported by IGN.
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More and more notable female celebrities have been throwing their names in with big-name franchises. Tilda Swinton being the Ancient One in Doctor Strange may have led to the possibility of Helen Mirren being the villain in Fast and Furious 8. Now the next Thor could be taking a small step away from male-dominated screen time by having two women go head to head in a battle to rival Furious 7's Michelle Rodriguez vs. Ronda Rousey fisticuffs.
Keep in mind that these rumors are just that, and a lot is still unknown about the Thor: Ragnarok cast and plot.
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