#ThrowbackThursday: Who is Goddess of Death ‘Hela’ in Marvel Cinematic Universe?

“We were once the seat of absolute power in the cosmos. Our supremacy was unchallenged. Yet Odin stopped at nine realms. Our destiny is to rule over all others. And I am here to restore that power. Kneel before me and rise into the ranks of my great conquest!”―Hela to the Einherjar

Thor movies are beleaguered with family problems, but Thor: Ragnarok adds another crazy, revenge-seeking family member to the mix.

There are two different origin stories in the comic books when it comes to Hela and her ancestry. For a very long time, she was believed to be the daughter of Loki and the sorceress Angrboda from a previous life cycle.

But later, it was hinted that she could actually be the daughter of Odin and some unknown goddess, which eventually make her a sister of Thor.

Here are some of the facts about the Goddess of Death Hela:

Hela is Thor and Loki’s sister. Surprised?

In Ragnarok’s revelation that Hela isn’t just the Goddess of Death, but also Thor’s and Loki’s sister, might have come as a surprise to those who’ve followed the comic adventures of Marvel’s God of Thunder for decades.

Hela is the queen of hell and death:

On the day of Hela’s maturity, Odin pronounced that Hela would become the Goddess of Death and Ruler of the Dead. She rules two of the nine Worlds, Niflheim – the dark underworld where dishonored souls go after death – and Hell.

She can manifest weapons from her body:

She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body parts – be it hands or head! This power is similar to one held by another Marvel character, Gorr the God Butcher.

Hela can reverse death:

Don’t be surprised! As the Goddess of Death, Hela can not only take a soul from its body but can also reverse Death’s effects by sending a soul back to its bodily existence.

Hela acquires ‘Hand of Glory’:

This mystical move can channel energy through her hand which can then be used to enhance her strength and delivers a powerful blow to her enemies. Be it Mjolnir, or Thor’s almighty hammer – Hela has the ability to destroy everything!


Hela has the ability to time travel and creates illusions:

As being related to the God of Mischief, Hela’s magical toolbox also contains the ability to time travel. According to Hela, there’s no time or place where Death does not hold sway.

A lady with dense skin, muscles, and bones!

Because of her high skin density, Hela is immune to many diseases and infections making her aged slowly as compared to other human beings.

Her dense skin and bones also allow her body to heal quickly, which increases her stamina and allows her to have the ability to conduct limitless attacks on her enemies.

Hela can also withstand many extreme temperatures, high impacts, and tons of pressure.

No power without her cloak:

Wait, what! Hela’s mystical powers are of no use as she is completely weak without her cloak. She regains from the realm of death and returns to the avatar as soon as she touches her powerful cloak.

Hela is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first main on-screen female villain:

There might be many superheroines and super female villains in the comics, but the Marvels are slow in incorporating them in the movies.

Before Thor’s Hela, the only villain that has appeared on the big screen has been Nebula, who is more of an enemy rather than a true villain.

Surely! No one is messing up with the Goddess of Death.