Thor Ragnarok is on a record-breaking spree and getting an amazing response from Marvel fans in particular and comic-book lovers in general. It is the funniest Marvel movie ever and best Thor movie for sure. The movie has opened to a massive opening weekend and has raked in over $170 million already. The first reactions from the audience are very positive and everything from visual effects to storytelling is just impeccable. The movie is sitting on 93% on Rotten Tomatoes at present.
Apart from the usual cast including Chris Hemsworth (Thor, God of Thunder), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall), the movie also features two-time Oscar award winner Cate Blanchett as the powerful new villain Hela (leader of Doomeo i.e Asgardian Hell); Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric grandmaster who is an elder of the universe, he is sometimes called as “Inter-galactic Cosmic Pleasure-seeker”, he possessed the mind-gem until Thanos took it away from him; Tessa Thomson as the classic hero Valkyrie who may play Thor’s love interest; Karl Urban as Skurge who is a powerful warrior and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ Hulk.
The fans were eager to see a cameo of Beta Ray in the Thor: Ragnarok but they had to satisfy themselves with just one reference in the movie. The early cut of the movie saw the cameo of the character but he wasn’t included in the movie. Why did this happen? According to Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, Beta Ray wasn’t in the movie because the movie didn’t have enough of him.
While speaking with Crave Online, Feige explained why it wasn’t the great time to introduce Beta Ray Bill in the movie. He said:
“There was a Beta Ray Bill, but it was so quick that you would have the same complaints that you have now,” “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.”
For those who aren’t aware of the character, here’s everything you should know:
In Thor #337, Thor was trying to stop an alien invasion on Earth. This alien race actually lost their world and had been kept in cryogenics until the time they find a new planet. When Thor attacked their ship, it activated Beta Ray Bill who was the defender of their race. Thor was parted from his hammer in the process and Beta Ray Bill picks up the hammer and gains the power of Thor.
After which Odin teleported Thor and Beta Ray Bill to resolve the issue. Beta claimed the ownership of the hammer and so Odin made them fight each other in Skartheim for the right keep of the hammer. There beta Ray Bill overpowered Thor as Korbinite physiology gave him an advantage over him but he didn’t kill him in the battle. Odin probably who chose this arena to teach Thor a lesson.
Regardless, Beta Ray returned the hammer to Thor and Odin decided to make a new, golden uru hammer just like Mjolnir for Beta Ray with the similar powers as that of Thor’s Mjolnir. Beta Ray Bill is wielding the Stormbreaker since then and he has saved the Asgardians on several occasions and also fought alongside Thor to take down the enemies. But seems like we got to wait a little longer for Beta Ray Bill to appear in the MCU.
The movie is inspired by Jack Kirby’s Ragnarok comic wherein Asgard is burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ashes. The plot revolves around Thor’s struggle to stop goddess of death from destroying his home planet. The critics have heaped massive praise on Taika Waititi direction style and the fun elements introduced in the movie.
Although there were many aspects borrowed from comics, for instance, Hela’s powers are taken from Aaron’s character Gorr aka God Butcher. On the other hand, there were major differences between movie and comics. In the comics, Thor’s power is tied to his hammer Mjolnir. In fact, in Marvel comic titled The Mighty Thor # 12, the history of God of Thunder was rewritten only to show how special Mjolnir really is.
Many many years ago, when Odin met the powerful cosmic force known as God Tempest, he used dark magic to trap it inside Uru metal and ordered the dwarfs to forge it into the hammer. In fact, the hammer is so powerful that anyone who is worthy can lift it and become Thor. Lately in comics, Jane Foster has become female Thor. But in the movie, Thor discovered that the real power lies within and Mjolnir was just the conduit.
Moreover, we saw Thor becoming the new king of Asgard while Hela is not really dead but incredibly wounded and people of Asgard are safe for now. There were two post-credit scenes and only the first one was consequential.
Thor and Loki are discussing if they should visit Earth or not and suddenly they are interrupted by the massive ship. We could not see who was inside but Kevin Feige confirmed that it belongs to mad Titan himself. It is known as Sanctuary II.
It’s very likely that this scene will be the first scene of Avengers Infinity War. Why is Thanos interested in Thor’s ship? Well, at the end of Thor Ragnarok, when Loki went inside treasure room to bring Surtur alive, he looked at Tesseract and must have grabbed it because he is God of mischief. The ship will probably be destroyed by Thanos and Loki will gladly hand over the Infinity stone to him.
Moreover, the footage for the Infinity war movie shown at Disney’s D23 begins with Guardians of the Galaxy finding Thor floating in space unconscious without a space suit, Thor asks them about their identities. Let’s wait for the trailer to arrive.
The movie has all the ingredients to become a massive blockbuster. CHEERS!