ByPeter Flynn, writer at
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Peter Flynn

Thor is arguably the weirdest property in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy is able to get a little crazy, given that it's basically a blank slate for director, James Gunn, but Thor is defined by the signifiers of a different, much older culture. It was a surprise then that he's become one of the most relatable members of The Avengers.

For all the fantastical theatricality of Asgard, the world of Thor is still very much defined by imagery that we understand. [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462) looked almost as if Star Wars and Lord of the Rings had smashed together and melded, and it benefitted from that. Those are still elements that mass audiences are familiar with, so what could [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) do to make Thor a little weirder?

Beta Ray Bill in Thor 3

The introduction of Beta Ray Bill in Thor 3 would be a great way to expand this corner of the MCU. This horse-headed twinky-colored alien was one of the first beings revealed to be worthy of wielding Mjolnir. I guess since Vision did it in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), suddenly lifting Mjolnir is all the rage. Only while Vision thought nothing of it, Beta Ray Bill gets a little carried away. He's constructed as the perfect frenemy for Thor, and could easily play into the Ragnarok storyline.

Beta Ray Bill as he could appear.
Beta Ray Bill as he could appear.

One of the coolest things about Beta Ray Bill is that he was designed by Walt Simonson to look unappealing, and trick readers into thinking he could never be a hero. He's certainly a bizarre and aggressive looking figure, fooling the expectations of audiences, and it would be fun to have a reaction like that to take place all over again.

How would Beta Ray Bill look in the MCU?

Given that Beta Ray Bill would likely be the most alien figure to appear in the MCU thus far, it's worth questioning just how he would appear as a special effect. Most non human characters in the MCU have still been humanoid, so this character may have to be a completely new effect. I would very much like for him to appear as a practical animatronic, much in the same way as Goro was in the original Mortal Kombat. Then again, Marvel does use CGI as a crux to focus on their primary story, and we could likely expect Beta Ray Bill to be a motion captured figure. The worst possibility would be seeing him as a regular humanoid, just painted slightly yellow. That would be a lazy option, and more than a little disrespectful to the excellent designs from the comics.

Beta Ray Bill was already in Guardians of the Galaxy

Have some respect for the dead, Starlord!
Have some respect for the dead, Starlord!

It isn't quite confirmed completely, but in that goldmine of Marvel easter eggs that was the collector's show room in Guardians of the Galaxy, you can spot a figure of a similar stature to Beta Ray Bill, with about the same skin tone. Most important is that red cape. Still, this hardly confirms anything. Everyone is in that collection. I'm pretty sure if you look closely, you can see my dad in there! There's also a brief shot from the B-roll in Guardians depicting Chris Pratt lifting a strange alien skeleton with a skull similar to that of Bill's. Whether this is supposed to be a weird prop, or a confirmation that Bill's race, the Korbinites, exist in the world of the MCU, we don't know.

Do you think Beta Ray Bill would be a cool inclusion in Thor 3: Ragnarok? How would you like him to look? Write a post about it here on MoviePilot, vote in our poll, or leave a comment below! You can check out my other coverage of Thor 3 here!


Should Beta Ray Bill appear in Thor 3: Ragnarok?


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