Melissa McCarthy is enjoying a Hollywood career that only seems to be getting bigger. Not surprising in the least, honestly. Her memorable turn in Bridesmaids may not have been her first role, but it definitely put her on the map and further solidified her as a star worth watching. Now, she is set to star in a superhero film and the internet is all kinds of surprised.
News of Melissa McCarthy’s recent casting in Thor: Love and Thunder has strengthened an already feverish anticipation for Taika Waititi’s upcoming Marvel film. It turns out that she is portraying Fake Hela, a spoof of Cate Blanchett’s Hela, the terrifying villain showcased in Thor: Ragnarok.
You can check out set photos and even a video of Melissa McCarthy suited up as Fake Hela in the third Thor sequel, included below. Honestly, she looks fantastic, and it will be exciting to see if her role in the film is fleeting or if she’ll stick around for a bigger part. Hopefully, the latter turns out to be the case.
If this reveal of Melissa McCarthy as Fake Hela has you unsure about what the new film is actually about or where the focus will be, don’t worry. Not many do. All we know is this: Thor: Love and Thunder centers around the God of Thunder in a post-Endgame, post-Asgard Marvel Universe. It will be part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which officially kicked off in January with the release of the acclaimed Disney+ series WandaVision. Oh, and Christian Bale is playing the bad guy. So yeah, lots happening in the next Thor flick. But with Taika Waititi at the helm again, it will likely be just as streamlined and just as much of a crowd-pleaser as its beloved predecessor turned out to be.
Melissa McCarthy has shown up in quite a bit in recent years. In addition to her aforementioned Bridesmaids role, McCarthy has also starred in the long-running sitcom Mike and Molly, the Jason Bateman comedy Identity Thief, the puppet-filled crime comedy The Happytime Murders, and countless other shows and films. She is also set to star as Ursula in the upcoming The Little Mermaid remake.
Melissa McCarthy’s involvement in Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t the only surprise the film has in store for us. According to our exclusive, Brie Larson is in the movie as well. Who knows which other big-name stars will make surprise appearances in the film? Only time will tell, but you can bet that Kevin Feige and company will do all they can to make sure the movie
You can catch Melissa McCarthy as Fake Hela in Thor: Love and Thunder when the film drops on May 6, 2022. It was previously scheduled for a February 2022 release, but the impact of the ongoing pandemic forced Disney and Marvel Studios to delay the film’s release yet again. That means we have about 14 months until the God of Thunder hits theaters and Mjolnir adjusts its loyalties. Until then, catch up on – or revisit – her extensive filmography to prepare for her role in the hotly anticipated sequel!