A Fall From Grace
Odin soon realized, however, that peace was the only way to bring the Realms together and saw Hela's desire to conquer more realms as a threat to his plans. When she tried to take the throne by force, massacring several innocent Asgardian civilians in the process, the Allfather was forced to fight his firstborn child in a fierce battle that ended with Hela being defeated and banished to Hel.
Soon afterward, Odin decreed that any mention or depiction of Hela's involvement in Asgard's creation was to be erased, even replacing a mural depicting her conquests with images of his two sons by his second marriage.
A Family Reunion
In 2017, Odin's son Thor was captured by the fire demon Surtur while searching for the Infinity Stones. While listening to Surtur taunt him about the impending Ragnarök, the God of Thunder learned his father wasn't on Asgard and promptly escaped.
Returning home, Thor discovered his brother Loki had been posing as the Allfather since the Second Dark Elf Conflict and, after exposing the God of Mischief's deception to the populace, forced him to take him to Odin. The two made their way to Earth and tracked Odin down to Norway with reluctant help from Stephen Strange.
Their reunion, however, was short-lived, as Odin revealed that he was about to die and that his death would allow Hela to break free. True to the Allfather's word, he passed away and went to join his late wife Frigga in Valhalla. The moment he did so, a portal to Hel opened and Hela triumphantly emerged, demanding that her younger brothers acknowledge her as Asgard's rightful Queen.
Thor, however, refused and hurled Mjølnir at the former chief executioner only to watch in shock as she caught the hammer with one hand and used her powers to destroy it. The two brothers then attempted to escape via the Bifrost Bridge only for Hela to follow and knock them into space before making her way to her old home.
Emerging into Himinbjorg, Hela encountered Volstagg and Fandral, whom she promptly executed in cold blood. Skurge, who had observed the murders from a distance, knelt as Hela approached him. Declaring him to be a "smart boy", the Goddess offered him a job before crossing the Rainbow Bridge that led to Asgard.
Upon reaching the city entrance, Hela found Hogun and the Einherjar waiting for her. She revealed her true identity as Odin's daughter and offered them the chance to become her allies and help her conquer the Realms. Hogun, however, firmly stated they would never follow her before leading the Einherjar in charging towards her.
Disappointed, the Goddess of Death summoned her Necroswords and engaged the army in combat, using her powers of weapon manifestation to slaughter the elite warriors as well as destroy several Asgardian Skiffs.
When the last of the Einherjar had been overpowered and killed, Hela slowly made her way through the body-strewn courtyard, relishing in her reawakened bloodlust as Skurge followed in silence.
With Asgard defenseless, Hela took the throne and named Skurge her Executioner, gifting him with an obsidian axe she created with her powers. She then resurrected a legion of deceased Asgardian warriors, whom she turned into her Berserkers, as well as her pet wolf, Fenris.
Behind the Scenes
- The Destroyer was set to appear in the sequence, fighting and being destroyed by Hela, but the scenes were cut because they felt "like an extra beat".