Okay, so I'm gonna try to keep this post short and sweet. Knowing me, that probably won't work out, and chances are you'll leave this article knowing about Black Widow's favorite cake recipe. Or Iron Man's. But he doesn't strike me as a cake kind of guy.
What this article is about is really in the title - I think there really was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from acclaimed Thor character Beta Ray Bill in the latest Avengers cinematic installment. The best part? I have proof to back it up.
So, I'll give you a quick debrief on who Mr. Ray Bill is, exactly. Mostly known for looking like a horse and being able to wield Mjolnir (Thor's hammer), Beta Ray debuted in Thor #337 in November 1983. He was established as an alien belonging to a race known as the Korbinites, a race whose home planet was destroyed by this massive fiery demon dude.
Namely, Surtur. Taken from mythology and placed into comics (much like Thor), Surtur sent armies of demons to destroy the Korbinites' home planet. Through a series of contests held by the Korbinite race to determine their "champion," Beta Ray Bill emerged successful. In order to increase his strength, his body was merged with that of a ferocious... uh... horse.
The Korbinites left their burning planet, put themselves into stasis, and fled through space following Bill's ship the Skuttlebutt to salvation. On this trip, Ray Bill slayed many of Surtur's demons and became an accomplished fighter, more so than he was already.
There have been many rumors speculating as to whether he'll pop up in Thor: Ragnarok - alongside other Marvel names, such as Hercules - but nothing as of yet has been confirmed. It would make sense, then, if he were to be included, if there was some kind of mention of him prior to his major debut. Even if that mention is less than a second long.
So, let's get down to it. When is he actually in the film? Well, seeing that Scarlet Witch had plenty of fun shooting nightmares into pretty much each of our favorite heroes' heads, we were granted the pleasure of seeing their worst fears projected onto our cinema screen.
Before I go on, this really was a split second during the movie. Like, a really, really, really split second. I assume it is needless to say that he appears in the world in which Thor's nightmare vision is fabricated - Hel.
As Thor and Heimdall... uh... converse... we are shown dancing Asgardians wearing all kinds of exotic helmets. One, inevitably, bears an amazingly striking resemblance to Beta Ray Bill's. Check it out:
Okay, so whilst the dude wearing the helmet is seemingly not a large-nosed alien, his helmet shares an amazing similarity with the one I used at the head of this article. At the least, it looks like a realistic cinematic adaptation. I'll put the picture again below:
For those who don't know, in most storylines, Beta Ray Bill doesn't actually wear Asgardian armor until he meets Thor upon awakening from stasis. He dons his own race's protection, and is given a much more Thor-like outfit once he is deemed worthy by both Mjolnir and the Asgardian race.
Does his armor seemingly already exist in the MCU? If so, does Beta Ray Bill? And who exactly is the man wearing his helmet?
These are all questions for you guys to answer - I just hope I've given fellow bloggers and curious minds enough food for thought to keep you guys happy for now. Leave your thoughts in the comments, or take the poll! Even better - write your own post about it.
Have a great day everybody :)