Wait, isn’t that Thor? But why does Thor look like an anthropomorphic horse? Hmmm… Well, technically, Beta Ray Bill is Thor, in a sense. But he is his own hero at the end of the day.
***Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead!***
The Korbinite wielder of thunder is reportedly making the transition from comics to the silver screen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
A fan-favourite from the comics, Beta Ray Bill has long been suspected to appear in some form or other in the Marvel Studios movies. In fact, he was actually teased as an easter egg in the original GotG, as well as in Thor: Ragnarok.
Now, it looks as if we will finally see another worthy of Mjolnir (sans the Odinson and Captain America, of course) come to the fray to challenge Chris Hemsworth’s Thor himself. Or partner up with him, since they’re allies in the comics.
If Beta Ray Bill is an actuality, there is a lot of interesting things you need to know about this guy.
Firstly, Bill is not a native of Asgard, but rather a native from the alien planet of Korbin in the Burning Galaxy. He was then subject to a number of experiments that enhanced his physique — similar to that of Steve Rogers when he first became Captain America.
One thing led to another, and he ended up in a scuffle with Thor himself. In that fight, Bill had the opportunity to land a killing blow on the Odinson with his own hammer, Mjolnir, but refrained from doing so.
This made him worthy of wielding Mjolnir, which he eventually returned to Thor as his own hammer, Stormbreaker, was forged for him.
Of course, we know that the MCU version of Stormbreaker is an axe and in the possession of Thor, so it’ll no doubt be interesting to see how it may end up in Bill’s hands, or if Bill has his own hammer already.
With Thor setting off on the Milano ship with the Guardians of the Galaxy (or Asgardians of the Galaxy, Thor himself so fondly christens) at the end of Endgame, it will be no surprise to see him and the rest of the Guardians encounter Bill in some form or other. Assuming Bill is actually confirmed by Disney or director James Gunn, of course.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will not release anytime soon, but knowing that James Gunn will reprise his role as director is certain to please many of us. Now all we need is a release date.
Marion grew up an addict of RPGs. He likes diving in, taking in the worlds, the characters, the stories… and sometimes forgets to go to sleep because of it. Nearly every sentence he speaks has a Dungeons & Dragons reference. He also dreams of becoming a Witcher someday.