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The Hilarious Way Hela Returns In Thor: Love And Thunder

The following article contains spoilers for "Thor: Love and Thunder."

On the surface, it might seem like Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has had a rough go at it for the past few years. But considering he's a being who can exist for thousands of years, he's basically had the equivalent of a really rough weekend. 

He fought his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), before he eventually came around to being one of the good guys and getting killed shortly thereafter. He's had numerous friends come and go and even went through a weird period where half of his buddies disappeared for five years before being brought back. And there was the time he fought his sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), whom he didn't even know he had just a short while prior. 

Fortunately, Thor was able to overpower Hela and save himself, his friends, and his fellow Asgardians. With "Thor: Love and Thunder," it's only natural for Hela to make some kind of an impact, and while she does return, it's probably not in the way most people would've expected.

Melissa McCarthy plays Hela in another Thor play

"Thor: Ragnarok" had numerous standout moments, but one of the funniest came when Loki, disguised as Odin, watched a play of his exploits with his brother. Actors recreate the events of "Thor: The Dark World" where Loki "gave up his life" to save his brother. Not only is it incredibly funny to watch Matt Damon in a Loki wig, but it also nicely recaps the previous film's events. 

Naturally, another stage play had to transpire for "Thor: Love and Thunder," and this time, it recreates the scene in "Ragnarok" where Thor and Loki meet Hela for the first time, and she destroys Mjolnir. The play takes things far less seriously than the actual events, as evidenced by the fact that Damon's joined onstage by an actress played by Melissa McCarthy, who portrays Hela. She hams it up with her fellow actors, breaking a prop version of Mjolnir in the process. 

It sets up the rest of the film nicely as it's not long until we're introduced to the real Mjolnir that's been broken into a bunch of pieces. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) turns out to be the only one the hammer will reassemble for, and that's when the rest of the plot really starts to kick off. Melissa McCarthy is a welcome presence in the film, and she brings some much-appreciated levity to the proceedings, even when she's playing one of the scariest villains to ever appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.