It’s Thorsday and with Thor: Ragnarok being released soon, The Comic Vault is featuring content centred around the God of Thunder. Many people are familiar with the hero of the film, but not everyone knows about the villain. Hela, Goddess of the Asgardian Underworld, is a force to be reckoned with and she’s threatened Asgard and Earth on many occasions.
Hela, the child of Loki and the giantess Angrboða, was born in Jotunheim. When she came of age, Odin appointed her the Goddess of Death and gave her rulership of the realms of Hel and Niflheim. She targeted Valhalla and tried to take control of slain warriors to expand her power. This brought her into conflict with Odin and Thor. She also stole a part of the sleeping All-Father’s soul while he was on the Sea of Eternal Night. Hela killed Thor and unleashed her power on the universe. Thor was later resurrected and the balance between life and death was restored.
Hela’s other schemes have involved her conspiring with her father to take over Asgard, cursing Thor, attempting to usurp the realms of other death gods and taking the souls of humans.
After a modern day Ragnarok, Hela was awakened on Earth. She settled down in Las Vegas and set up a power base for herself. She’s had dealings with the mutant community, most prominently with Dani Moonstar, who acts as one of the Valkyrie. Hela has demonstrated the ability to corrupt the Valkyrie and use them for her own purposes.
Hela’s magical potential makes her one of the most powerful sorceresses in the Marvel Universe. She can create illusions and use her magic to kill gods. Her most powerful ability is the Hand of Glory, a technique that uses mystical energy to enhance the strength of her blows. Her touch is fatal to Asgardians and mortals, though she generally doesn’t claim the souls of mortal heroes. She also wears a mystical cloak that keeps her young and healthy. Without it, Hela reverts to her true form, with one half of her body looking beautiful and the other rotting away. Hela is weakened without the cloak.
In Thor: Ragnarok, Hela is seen creating weapons from thin air. Although this is within her capabilities, the ability was inspired by another Thor villain called Gorr.
Hela’s relationship with Loki is complicated. The two of them have worked together in the past, but Hela isn’t above looking out for herself when it comes to her father. There have been several versions of Loki through the years, and Hela’s relationship is different with each.
Hela is a formidable character and is a perfect representation of death. She’s cold, calculating and doesn’t discriminate when it comes to taking life.