Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Thor: Ragnarok"

Take another look @ the origins of Marvel Comics' super-villain 'Ragnarok', appearing in Marvel Studios' next "Thor" solo movie "Thor: Ragnarok", that will reportedly feature horse-faced warrior 'Beta Ray Bill':

'Ragnarok', created by Mark Millar of "Kick-Ass" fame,  is a supervillain debuting in Marvels "Civil War" #3 (July 2006) as a 'cyborg clone' of Thor.

"...when 'Thor' was missing in action, presumed dead, 'Tony Stark' took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the 'Avengers' and cloned the 'Asgardian' DNA with Stark technology. 
This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor. 

"Ragnarok has all the powers and knowledge of Thor including super-strength, extensive combat knowledge, stamina, high resistance to physical injury, immunity to Earthly diseases, superhuman agility and reflexes.

"Ragnarok's hammer, though not the enchanted 'Mjolnir', is constructed of a 'vibranium' and 'adamantium' alloy, able to absorb and discharge lightning, with circuitry in its head, allowing Ragnarok to direct it mentally..."

Created by writer/illustrator Walt Simonson, 'Beta Ray Bill' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Thor" #337 (Nov. 1983)...

...becoming the first being outside of the Marvel Universe's Norse pantheon deemed worthy enough to wield Thor's magic hammer, 'Mjolnir'.

First introduced as belonging to the 'Korbinite' race, Bill had his life force and consciousness transferred by scientists into the body of an 'equine'-like beast, bionically restructured into a cyborg.

Courtesy of advanced genetic engineering, the character has vast superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, an extended lifespan and superior hand-to-hand combatant skills.

Beta Ray Bill's main weapon, 'Stormbreaker', also has the same properties as Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, with the ability to transform into a cane when struck upon the ground and return Bill to his unaltered Korbinite form.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Beta Ray Bill'...