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At the (relative) beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Hela returns to Asgard after a long absence.

Odin expelled her—he mentions that he can’t hold her off any longer. Hela mentions that she was banished. But where to? I don’t recall it being mentioned in the movie.

The obvious answer is to Niflheim, but given that the Marvel universe (and the Marvel Cinematic universe) has altered many things, this isn’t certain.

Where was Hela banished to?

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    Possibly, it isn't a place or why would she return once Odin died. Obviously, Odin created a pocket dimension using Odinforce to lock her in. – Captain Cold Nov 8 '17 at 6:51
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    The "Hela (MCU)" article from villians.wikia.com mentions that "Able to defeat her but incapable of killing her,Odin decided to dispose of Hela by banishing her to a realm called Hel, where his life force would be the only lock to keep her from escaping." – ermanen Dec 21 '17 at 20:10
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He imprisoned her in Hel.

Hela was in fact imprisoned in Hel which is why in Avengers: Infinity War, when Thor and Rocket were talking on their way to Knowhere, Thor said:

Before my father died, he told me I had a half-sister...that he imprisoned in Hel. Then she returned home, and stabbed me in the eye, so... I had to kill her.

In Norse mythology Hela is the goddess of death which also tells the fact that she was part of the afterlife.

  • Was Hel named Hel before Hela got imprisoned there? – Termatinator Jun 6 at 12:48

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