Keith David Would Voice the MCU’s Beta Ray Bill in a ‘New York Minute’

Posted 2022/04/23 19 0


Could Keith David be the perfect casting choice for the character of Beta Ray Bill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? There’s a legitimate possibility that there’s no voice actor in the multiverse who would be a better choice (other than other versions of Keith David, of course). And best of all, David has already made it clear that he’d be willing to appear in the role.

In a Tweet sent on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, journalist Chris Lovingood tagged David and asked if he would be willing to voice the computer-generated character should Marvel Studios cast him in the role. “In a NY minute!” David enthusiastically replied.

Beta Ray Bill is an extraterrestrial who is most closely associated with the Marvel Comics Thor stories. He first appeared in November 1983 in the panels of The Mighty Thor #337 by Walter Simonson, Sal Buscema, John Workman, and Max Scheele. A member of the Korbinite species, Beta Ray Bill has a decidedly alien appearance and one that frequently receives equine comparisons. However, despite what some may consider a somewhat monstrous appearance, Beta Ray Bill is worthy: he’s capable of lifting the legendary hammer, Mjölnir, and thereby becoming imbued with all the powers of Thor (just like Jane Foster).

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Technically, we’ve already seen Beta Ray Bill in the MCU… or at least, a statue that seems to depict him (or at the very least, another member of the Korbinite species). In 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth as the eponymous god of hammers, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and director Taika Waititi as Korg, Grandmaster Palace on Sakaar was decorated with enormous sculptures depicting contenders in the Contest of Champions: these included what appeared to be Man-Thing, Bi-Beast, and Ares, as well as Beta Ray Bill.

Keith David is Worthy

If Marvel Studios does elect to go the CGI character route with Beta Ray Bill, as they have with other fantastic extraterrestrial entities like Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket the Not-Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), then David will already have an incredibly worthy resume to submit for the job. For one thing, he’s been awarded an Emmy for his voice-over work, which includes many documentaries (including several by Ken Burns), video games, and large and small screen animated projects.

Plus, not only does he have a recurring role voice acting role on the ongoing Rick and Morty as the President of the United States of America, but he also appeared in the second season episode “Total Rickall” as “Reverse Giraffe,” a character who is a sort of look a like of Beta Ray Bill.

And if you’re not convinced that the Rick and Morty multiverse is just next-door to the MCU, consider this: for the past forty days, a new Rick and Morty toy has shown up on the desk of James Gunn, who is currently in the process of directing Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3, which will include Hemsworth’s Odinson among its cast… in other words, prime narrative territory for an appearance by Beta Ray Bill.

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