When Surtur destroyed the Burning Galaxy on his crusade to destroy Asgard, a race of beings called the Korbinites left their planet in a massive fleet. Before the journey, however, their scientists created a guardian who would travel with the fleet and protect them during their journey. Their first guardian, Alpha Ray, was riddled with problems. He was a mindless automaton, and deemed too unstable in both body and mind to be their protector. His body was put into stasis in a Meta-Orb, while the Korbinite Bill was selected after various tests and challenges, and he was later turned into a cyborg.
When the Korbinite fleet neared the Milky Way Galaxy, it was detected by a SHIELD satellite and Nick Fury asked Thor to investigate. When Thor arrived in the vicinity of the fleet, Bill's sentient ship, Skuttlebutt, detected him as a threat and opened fire. Thor boarded Skuttlebutt, where he confronted Bill and they fought. During the fight, Thor lost his grip on Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds and was transformed into Donald Blake. Curious, Bill picked up Blake's wooden cane and struck it against a nearby wall, instantly giving him the powers of Thor and a costume of similar design.
Sensing this, Odin transported both Thor and Bill to Asgard, where Bill demanded he be allowed to keep the hammer because he had beaten Thor. However, Odin said that the contest was not fair because Thor had an artificial limitation, so he temporarily restored both of their powers and arranged for them to fight to the death in the realm of Skartheim, a lava-filled wasteland. After a long and grueling battle, both combatants succumbed to exhaustion and collapsed. However, Bill's race was naturally enhanced by warm climates and he awoke before Thor but refused to take his life, thus passing Odin's final test. Odin then created a new hammer, Stormbreaker, imbuing it with all the powers of Mjolnir, but none of the limitations. Thor and Bill became friends and they, along with Sif, returned to save his people from the armies of Surtur.
Though Thor was called back to Asgard before the Korbinites were safe from Surtur's minions, Sif stayed with Bill to continue fighting the demons and because she was curious about him. It was during this time that she learned from Skuttlebutt the extremely painful and difficult trials Bill had to undergo to become the guardian of his people, and that he was the only survivor from many volunteers. When Surtur finally arrived in Asgard, Sif and Bill were called back by Odin and they were placed in charge of leading the Asgardian army on Earth while Thor and Odin fought against Surtur's army in Asgard.
During the battle, Odin hurled Surtur and himself into a fissure in the ground, seemingly killing them both. Thor, unable to accept his father's death, refused to lead the Asgardians and asked Sif to lead them in his stead as he began a journey to find Odin's spirit. Sif asked Bill to stay in Asgard and help her lead the Asgardians during their recovery from the war with Surtur. During this time, Bill and Sif became very close, and a romantic relationship was hinted at but never realized before Bill eventually left to return to his people.
Bill disappeared from the comic scene for a while, until a mad scientist tried to poison the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in order to bring about Ragnarok early so that he could see the new life forms it would create. Because of this, the Asgardians began to weaken and die. Since there could only be one Thor when Ragnarok came about, the tree sent large spiders to bite and poison Bill.
To save his life, Odin and the Silver Surfer merged the Odinforce and the Power Cosmic into a new energy source, restoring Bill's power, along with a new costume and hammer. Bill went on to become a member of the Star Masters along with Silver Surfer, Quasar, and others. Eventually, Thor stopped the poisoning of Yggdrasil and restored the Asgardians. Stormbreaker was restored along with the rest of the Asgardians and Bill returned to his original costume.
Beta Ray Bill was created by Walt Simonson, and made his first comic book appearance in Thor #337 (November, 1983).
Major Story Arcs
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As Ragnarok loomed over the Asgardians once more, Bill returned to Asgard and fought along side them. However, during the final battle, Thor transported Bill away and bade him to return to his people and keep the memory of Asgard alive. Bill reluctantly agreed and began to return home. However, on his way back, he discovered that Ashta, the World Devourer, whom he had thought was just a myth, was headed for New Korbin.
Hurrying back to his people's new home world, Bill attempted to stop Ashta and his minion. Stormbreaker eventually revealed to Bill that Ashta was actually Galactus and against both Galactus and his herald, Stardust, Bill could only delay the inevitable long enough for some of his people to flee. In the meantime, Koribin's high priests, jealous of Bill's status of savior with the people, unleashed a reprogrammed Alpha Ray in order to destroy Bill. Alpha Ray attacked Bill while fighting against Galactus, allowing Galactus to blast both of them. While Bill's struggle against Galactus was futile, he did manage to crack Galactus' armor.
Bill was left floating in space, unconscious as Galactus devoured New Korbin. Bill was awakened by Skuttlebutt to fight Stardust and protect his people's Meta-Orb. Stardust countered the attack by opening a portal to another dimension to banish Bill, unintentionally setting loose a powerful demon, Asteroth, in the process. Bill and Stardust were forced to work together to defeat Asteroth. Galactus took the lifeless body of Alpha Ray and gave it a portion of the Power Cosmic, and sent it to assist Stardust and Bill. Stardust opened a black hole behind Asteroth, but instead of sucking her in she redirected the force and started to pull them in. Alpha Ray arrived just in time to ram into Asteroth, sending both Asteroth and himself into the Black Hole.
Afterwards Bill returned to Asgard with the Meta-Orb containing the souls of his people. Bill arrived in ruined Asgard hoping that the Asgardians had returned and would be able to restore his people to life; but, the meta-orb had been corrupted by Asteroth and spawned a demonic version of Bill. Calling itself Omega Ray, the creature claimed to have feasted on the souls of the Korbinites. Enraged, Bill grabbed Omega Ray and called down an immense amount of lightning, killing them both.
However, a white-cloaked figure took the remaining souls of the Korbinites and told Bill that it wasn't his time to die. He awoke on Earth in the body of a human named Simon Walters. After wandering for a time, Bill came upon Spider Man fighting a villain. Slamming his fist on the ground, Bill was transformed into his Thor-like self, with Stormbreaker in hand, and helped Spider-Man defeat the villain. Bill then left to go and seek his Bill later found himself drawn to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto by a series of strange visions. Arriving there, Bill was astonished to see the Wrecking Crew open up a portal to the Realm of the Great Beasts, acquiring the power of Tanaraq and unleashing a horde of Surtur demons onto Earth. Transforming back into his true form, Bill joined forces with the Canadian super-hero team Omega Flight to fight the villains. In the end, Bill sacrificed himself to save the planet, luring the demons back into the Realm using Shaman's medicine bag, which contained the essence of Tanaraq drained from the Wrecking Crew. With the portal destroyed behind him, Bill is now trapped in the Realm of the Great Beasts and fights an unending battle against the merciless Surtur hordes, imprisoned but unconcerned with his eventual fate.
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By some unknown means, however, Bill was drawn from the Realm of the Great Beasts by the malevolent Skrulls, who captured and tortured him in order to replicate his powers for their Super-Skrull warriors. During this period, Stormbreaker was taken from him to be used by one of the most powerful "Godkiller" Super-Skrulls, before the weakened Bill was cast down to Earth to the location of the restored Asgard, bringing with him a warning of the ensuing Skrull invasion and their ultimatum to leave Earth or be destroyed.
Granted Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Bill and Baldur led the defense of Asgard against the "Godkiller" Super-Skrulls while Thor remained in his human avatar of Donald Blake to assist the residents of neighbouring Broxton. Weakened in the fight with the leader of the Skrull attack force, Bill eventually gave the hammer back to Blake, who has Thor, defeated the Skrull and restored Stormbreaker to him, with their combined powers able to destroy the Skrulls once and for all.
After the battle, Thor departed to New York to assist the other heroes in defeating the primary Skrull army, while Bill left for the stars, hoping to take his revenge upon the surviving Skrulls for his ordeal.
The Green of Eden
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Following his departure from Earth, Bill found himself aiding a group of breakaway "Godkiller" Super-Skrulls, who had survived the battle for Asgard and abandoned their previously militaristic ways. Pursued by a band of Skrull warriors loyal to the jihadist mission of Queen Verenake, these refugees sought out Bill, as they had become inspired by his valiant defense of Asgard and saw him as a figure worthy of becoming their new god. Somewhat shaken by their obedience and devotion and still grieved from the loss of his people at the hands of Galactus, but aware that the hearts of the Skrull refugees were in the right place, Bill ultimately declined their worship, simply telling them to "make good."After defeating their pursuers and sparing the life of the Super-Skrull sent to kill them, Bill returned to Earth with Skuttlebutt, hoping to find his own measure of peace.
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Despite the best efforts of his friend Thor and plenty of challenges to face on Earth, Bill could not be content, knowing that Galactus was roaming throughout the universe, consuming entire worlds and species just as he did with the Korbinites. Ignoring Thor's pleas to abandon his quest of vengeance, Bill traveled to the rebuilt Peak space station and obtained data on the World Devourer's location from Agent Brand, along with the position of the Voidian Bill had fought in "Green of Eden" and his temple of weaponry. Defeating the interstellar menace and seizing his terrible weapons for his own, Bill traveled to an alien colony world of the I'Than being evacuated before Galactus arrived, confronting his old foe Stardust again as he bought the refugees time to escape.
When the Devourer himself arrived to consume the world and its energies, Bill unleashed the Voidian's arsenal, destroying the planet and denying Galactus his meal. Standing before the beaten Stardust, Bill told him that since he could not destroy Galactus in an outright battle, he would instead starve the entity, destroying any world that he could save from Galactus and his Heralds rather than let him feed. Casting Stardust into the shattered ruins of the planet, Bill next encountered the Silver Surfer, who asked him to end his quest. But Bill had changed and refused.
This lead Galactus to the aliens main world I'Than Prime. The residents chose to stay and fight but Bill urged them to evacuate. They refused and this evacuation was forced by Bill, who infected them with a virus and offered the cure to them if they did as he told them. Bill then destroyed the planet so Galactus could not consume it.
Bill continued to destroy planets in Galactus' path and continued to starve Galactus. But he soon found he was unworthy of lifting Stormbreaker for the despicable act of giving the planet's populace a deadly disease. He donned the weapons of Voidian for a final assault on Galactus. But when he arrived, he found the infected aliens about to do the job for him. In a last minute change of heart, Bill defended Galactus from his attackers.
Bill explained to Galactus that his people would not wish their legacy to be so stained with blood. Having fed, Galactus took the spirit of a Korbinite that still lingered in the universe and created a new body for it. Bill now had a female of his race to repopulate their species. Bill and his new mate, Ti Asha Ra, were finally at peace.
The Thanos Imperative
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During the events of the "Thanos Imperative" Beta Ray Bill is recruited by Nova to journey with him across the Fault and into the cancerverse. Later Cosmo recruits Beta Ray Bill to join a new team he was creating to replace the fallen Guardians Of The Galaxy, the team would be called The Annihilators.
Currently, Beta Ray Bill is fighting alongside the team, promoting peace throughout the cosmos.
Earth-TRN421 (2061 A.D.)
In a possible future, Beta Ray Bill is a member of the Avengers.
Bill is a cyborg Korbinite, making him stronger, tougher, and faster than the vast majority of his race (much like Thor is for the Asgardians).
Incalculable Superhuman Strength
Beta Ray Bill possesses vast superhuman strength, the limits of which are unknown, if one exists. He has claimed to be able to crush moons with his fists, and can destroy planets with his strikes. Bill, in their first encounter, matched Thor pound for pound to a certain extent, and thus, his physical strength allows him to easily lift/carry at least 100K Metric Tons. He is comparable to beings such as Thor, the Hulk, and Gladiator.
Bill is nearly invulnerable to all forms of injury. He has flown through the heart of numerous stars, survived unaided in space, and withstood powerhouse blows from Thor, Thanos, and others of equal might.
Bill can move, react and fight at a meta-human rate of speed, several times that of the greatest human athletes. With the use of Stormbreaker, Bill can fly at superluminal speeds, perhaps on par with the Silver Surfer. His agility and reflexes are enhanced beyond human capability as well.
Bill possesses superhuman stamina enabling him to perform at his peak for an undetermined amount of time, and his stamina multiplies when in extreme temperatures of heat.
It is made out of the mystical uru metal, having the same abilities as Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. It is highly durable (although, not indestructible). The following abilities that Stormbreaker have displayed thus far are:
Stormbreaker will always return to Bill's hand, regardless of where it is thrown.
With will-power, Beta Ray Bill can control Stormbreaker to move in any direction.
Like Mjolnir, only those who are worthy enough of wielding Beta Ray Bill's powers may lift Stormbreaker. To anyone else, Stormbreaker cannot be moved from a fixed position on the ground or wrested from Bill's grip.
Beta Ray Bill can teleport beings and even locations (i.e. cities) to any location he desires, even light years away.
Stormbreaker can sense cosmic or mystical energy in the proximity of Beta Ray Bill. It can even sense evil psychic energy.
Stormbreaker can track beings to any location, even if said being has traveled to an alternate dimension or timeline.
The ability to absorb any form of energy (gamma, cosmic, etc.) and redirect it at a given target. Beta Ray Bill can even amplify it and send destructive energy blasts at an opponent, like he did in the fight with Stardust.
By spinning Stormbreaker in a circle and twirling it upwards, Beta Ray Bill can fly in any atmosphere or space. Although, Beta Ray Bill on one occasion displayed the ability to hover in the air with Stormbreaker at his side.
Stormbreaker can produce lightning, summon winds, and create hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. And even produce said storms in space, if Beta Ray Bill wills it. On one occasion, Beta Ray Bill produced a storm that covered the entire surface of a sun, blocking its ultraviolet rays.
The ability to heal others of their injuries or diseases. Although, it has not displayed the ability to regenerate lost limbs or missing organs.
Stormbreaker can create force fields so durable, they can withstand powerful attacks, even from beings like Stardust (one of the more powerful Heralds of Galactus).
Stormbreaker has displayed the ability to level mountains and even shatter entire planets by its own force (independent of how hard it was thrown).
Note: While Stormbreaker is quite similar to Mjolnir, it is unable to perform abilities innate to Thor's unique heritage, such as the God Blast, Warrior's Madness, and Rune Magic. Although Stormbreaker can, in theory, perform most of the other abilities Mjolnir has displayed (magnetism, anti-matter creation, anti-force, etc.), Stormbreaker has not demonstrated some of the finer and less often seen abilities that Mjolnir has. Whether this is by choice, Stormbreaker's limitations, or simply due to Bill's inexperience with that power is unknown.
Bill was chosen as the guardian of his race by becoming the best gladiator on the entire planet. Making him one of the greatest warriors in the known galaxy when it comes to unarmed or melee combat. This gladiatorial training/experience made him capable of matching Thor in hand-to-hand combat.
Planet Hulk (2010)
Beta Ray Bill was chased Korg's army off of Earth. He followed Korg's ship through a wormhole and was enslaved on Sakaar. He was forced to fight Hulk.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Beta Ray Bill can be seen as one of the prisoners in the Collector's museum.
Silver Surfer Animated Series
Beta Ray Bill debuts in the Silver Surfer episode "Innervision", voiced by Karl Pruner. In the series, Bill comes from the planet Harmony where they live in a Utopian society that is all merely a dream state they have set up for themselves. In order to stop Thanos from destroying their world, they must leave the dream and destroy the Dream Weaver. This causes them to finally have to face reality. Bill has a companion named Gamma Jen Beth in the episode.
The Super Hero Squad Show
Beta Ray Bill will appear in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "The Saga of Beta Ray Bill", voiced by Pat Fraley Dobson.
Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes
Beta Ray Bill appears in The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Steve Blum. in the episode "The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill." Here his story is almost the same as what happened in comics: Beta Ray Bill battles Thor, and is worthy of lifting Mjolnir. Proving to be worthy, Odin has a new hammer for Beta Ray Bill to keep that shall give him the powers as Mjolnir: Stormbreaker.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Video Game)
Beta Ray Bill appears as an alternate costume for Thor in the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance.