SPOILER WARNING! Spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok linger below.
Now that Thor: Ragnarok is a thundering success, spoilers about the creation of the film have begun to flow as smoothly as mead in Asgard. And one in particular about long-time Thor comics character Beta Ray Bill is particularly interesting.
Crave recently had a spoiler filled discussion with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, and some of his remarks were quite interesting to say the least. If you haven't seen Ragnarok yet, now is the time to step away. Here there be spoilers!
Still here? Great! Let's take a look at some of what Feige said, specifically one very interesting bit.
In the midst of discussing the fate of the Warriors Three and why Lady Sif wasn't in the film, Feige was asked about famous Marvel character Beta Ray Bill. This horse-headed, deep-cut Korbinite can be glimpsed briefly in the film, but only in the form of a carved bust adorning the outside of the Grandmaster's tower. According to Feige, there was once a time where the character appeared in the flesh:
"There was a Beta Ray Bill ... He was in it a little bit more and it just didn’t do justice. And the feeling is, if you can’t do it justice, do it later."
Marvel seems to have gotten the message that most fans don't just want quick glimpses of new (or returning) characters just for the sake of doing it -- they want them to either be fully fleshed out, or not in the film at all. Still, the notion that Beta Ray Bill was at least considered is hugely promising.
Even though he didn't make the cut, we now know for sure that the character is on Marvel's radar, if they can do him justice. There's a great deal of justice to be done, too, as Beta Ray Bill has been in the comics since Walt Simonson created him for 1983's Thor #337 (seen above). He's also one of an elite few to have once wielded Mjolnir, and he looks like a giant space horse. Who doesn't want to see that?
Here's hoping that we may see him pop up someday on the cosmic side of the MCU -- he would be right at home in a Guardians movie, and not just as an Easter egg skeleton. A solo film along the lines of Beta Ray Bill: The 52nd Avenger would also get my money. Just an idea, Marvel.