When it comes to being one of the most darkest and powerful villains in the MCU, Hela is on top of that list right along with Thanos. She was truly was a force to be reckoned with in Thor: Ragnarok. With just a look she evoked fear in the audience.
Hela As A Fearsome Villain In The MCU
Much of the credit has to go to Cate Blanchett for bringing Hela to life and infusing her with the sinisterness we saw on screen. But her costume and headress played a major role as well. As always with any movie production there are lots of unused character designs. Now Andy Park, The Marvel Studios’ Director of Visual Development has revealed several unused costume designs which add on to the eeriness of the character.
Concept Art For Hela In Thor: Ragnarok
The first piece of concept art of the evil Asgardian features beads draped across her face. The next two feature mask like veils covering her eyes. Finally the last one features a normal veil which covers up all of Hela’s face and it is held in place by the bottom horns of her helmet. You can check out the tweet below:
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TIPS for all you budding concept artists & character designers! These were some of my early concept designs I created for Hela on Thor: Ragnarok. I wanted to create “veils” whether it be beads draped in front of her face to laced veil looks to a full veil covering her face. But all the while you could still see her face. It creates a layer that separates us from the real Hela. It’s her “mask” like she doesn’t want us to know who she really is. It’s also a sign of mourning. It’s also a ritual before someone gets married. It all could add mystery to her character. These are the things I think about when designing characters. So beyond the “how can I make this character look cool?” Ask, “why?” & “who is this person?” #tips #conceptart #characterdesign #costumedesign #illustration #hela #thor #marvel #marvelstudios illustration #그림 #그림스타그램 #일러스트 #tuesdaytips #tuesdaytipsday
The description by Park says that he wanted to create “veils” to cover Hela’s face while also simultaneously allowing viewers to see it. As Park stated, each one is a “mask” for her, almost as if Hela doesn’t want anyone to see her true self. These veils would work as a sign of mourning and pre marriage ritual as well. Park didn’t go into into detail regarding why these concepts got rejected. But even without the masks, Hela was an extremely memorable villain amongst the MCU fans.
Thor himself appears in Avengers: Endgame and is played by Chris Hemsworth. Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The movie also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and more.
Avengers: Endgame is in theatres now and the movie is set for re release on Digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on August 13.
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