We've known that Cate Blanchett is set to reprise her Thor: Ragnarök role as Hela for the second season of Marvel Studios' animated What If...? series for a while now, and some new details on her episode reveal how the villain manages to acquire an incredibly powerful new weapon.
If you haven't already read through the episode titles, spoilers follow.
We recently found out what the final titles of all 10 season 2 episodes will be, and one instalment is going to follow Hela as she harnesses the power of the Ten Rings from the Shang-Chi movie.
Now, insider CWGST (via Toonado.com) has given us a little more to go on.
Apparently, Hela will be "kicked out of Asgard like in Thor: Ragnarök. But instead of being imprisoned in Hel, she finds herself accepted by Ta-Lo and their inhabitants, learning their martial arts. Odin will invade and war between Asgard and Ta-Lo will break out. Hela’s armor will be all white instead of black and green."
A story featuring Hela in Ta-Lo has a lot of potential, and it sounds like the Asgardian Goddess of Death might be portrayed in a slightly more sympathetic light here, since Odin is the one invading the heroic magic-wielders from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
It's also been confirmed that the third episode of What If...? will feature the debut of Kahhori, the new Native American superhero created specifically for this show. Marvel has previously shared an official breakdown of her adventure.
"What If…? asks what would happen if the Tesseract fell to Earth and landed in the sovereign Haudenosaunee Confederacy before the colonization of America. The Tesseract takes on a new life and a new mythology, transforming a lake into a gateway to the stars and leading Kahhori, a young Mohawk woman, on a quest to discover her power."
Episode 201: What If... Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?
Episode 202: What If... Peter Quill Attacked Earth's Mightiest Heroes?
Episode 203: What If... Kahhori Reshaped the World?
Episode 204: What If... Hela found the Ten Rings?
Episode 205: What If... lron Man Crashed into the Grandmaster?
Episode 206: What If... Happy Hogan Saved Christmas?
Episode 208: What If... Captain Carter Fought the Hydra Stomper?
Episode 209: What If... The Avengers Assembled in 1602?
Episode 210 : What If... Strange Supreme Intervened?
The second season of What If...? still hasn't been given an official premiere date, but is not expected to debut on Disney+ until Q1 2024, with the third season pencilled in for some time in 2025.