Here come the hammers!
The Avengers are probably still stunned at last week’s developments. This week, Thor and the Asgardians helm this story. This episode, “The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill,” adapts the origins of the strange alien worthy of wielding Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Thor and the alien, Beta Ray Bill, join forces to stop Surtur’s attacking Earth and Asgard. But first, Bill needs a powerful weapon against Surtur so the Asgardians come to Eitri the Dwarf King for help. Both parties hammer out an agreement: Bill gets the uru-made Stormbreaker and Thor must come to Eitri’s aid when the Dwarf calls for the Thunder God’s help.
I enjoyed the big battle of Sif, Thor, and Bill vs. Surtur’s demonic minions as much as the next fan. Does having shared enemies with Thor or telling a good sob story about his destroyed home make Bill worthy of lifting Mjolnir? According to this episode and Marvel Universe lore, yes. However, I wasn’t convinced. Because Ballad stands as a ½-hour cartoon, I didn’t get to know Bill enough. At least Bill earned a nifty Asgardian uniform for his troubles.
P.S. The Warriors Three should’ve put up a better fight.
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