The modern version of Loki as we know today in Marvel Comics first appeared in ‘Journey into Mystery’ issue 85 in October of 1962. Although an earlier version of him appeared in the Marvel Comics’ Venus issue 6 title in August of 1949. In which he looked completely different and was depicted as a member of the Olympian gods exiled to the underworld and was known as Loki The God of Evil. The Loki we now know was created by late Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber.
Like Thor, Loki isn’t a completely original character as he’s based on the Norse God, Loki. Lee, Kirby & Liber adapted him for Marvel making him the adopted son of Odin and brother to the God of Thunder, Thor.
Origin of Loki
A very long time ago when the universe was still very young, and Asgard was establishing its rule, Odin battled a ton of enemies to secure his rightful reign. However one of these enemies was Laufey, the king of the Giant Warriors or as we would later come to know him: King of the Frost Giants who are all blue and ice like.
Odin fought Laufey one-on-one for a bit, but eventually, Asgard’s Warriors would enter into battle killing Laffey’s hordes.
At the end of the battle, Odin says, “Something lives within that bundle. Open it that I may behold its content.”
His soldier says, “I hear a faint whimpering cry. I think, my lord, there is an infant child within.”
Odin then says, “Of course, it’s Loki, son of Laufey, the child he kept hidden for his heart was filled with shame that Loki was not born a giant as were the other offspring of Jotunheim.”
His soldier replies, “Loki the very name has a ring of evil. A tinge of foreboding to it.”
Then Odin finally says like a boss, “but still he is a Regal Prince, son of a kingly father. I must Accord him his rightful due. Hear me legions of Asgard, this moment hence I proclaim Loki, son of Odin, half-brother to my well-beloved Thor, for better or worse Loki is always an immortal of Asgard. This I have proclaimed so be it.”
Growing up Loki would become jealous and inferior to his brother Thor. It also didn’t help that as Guardians pride themselves on strength bravery and nobility all of which Loki lacked. So he turned to magic and science, becoming extremely well-versed in the magical arts.
Loki would often use his powers to cause mischief. For instance, like the time when he was a teen, and he took three spiders and made them huge to attack Thor, Sif, and Balder. His love for mischief and pranks would only get worse as he became older. As an adult, he became one of the most powerful sorcerers in all of Asgard. He being Loki, with his power tried to use it to become the mightiest God alive. He would also become one of his brother Thor’s most significant enemies continually trying to kill him and take his place as the next ruler of Asgard. He had a constant hunger for power and revenge, so he used his ability to get what he wanted. This, of course, all led to him being referred to as Loki god of mischief.
Loki’s Story Arc
One of Loki’s most prominent stories is easily in Avengers issue one, as he is quite literally the reason Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-man and the Wasp formed the Avengers.
Basically what happens is Loki is exiled to a barren island where he’s been ordered to stay there by Odin. But as Loki says, “Though my body may be in prison, none can stop my magic powers from roaming the universe in search of revenge”. So he uses his thoughts projecting power to find Thor on earth, who was disguised as Dr. Donald Blake.
Searching the earth for a diabolical scheme to employ as he puts it, he finds Hulk and decides to use his powers. He makes Hulk believe that there’s a bomb on a train track. Hulk believing there’s a bomb on the train tracks, jumps on set tracks trying to get rid of it. But Hulk being Hulk, he destroys the tracks in the process. He does save the Train, however, but the heroes will never know the truth, they will just be like, ‘hey the Hulk is destroying things once again.’ This inevitably causes Thor, Ant-man, Wasp and Iron Man to go after the Hulk. But Thor quickly realizes it’s his evil brother behind the whole thing. Long story short the heroes team up to take down Loki and eventually trap him inside of an impenetrable tank, defeating the Evil God.
It was after this the five heroes decided to form the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This would only be the first of many times Loki would face off against the Avengers. One of the next times being during the Acts of Vengeance story. In which, Loki gathers a bunch of villains to team up against the Avengers such as Doctor Doom, the Kingpin, Magneto, Wizard, the Mandarin, the Red Skull and so on. He does this, of course, to get back at his brother Thor, mainly because of how bitter he is that he had inadvertently caused the formation of the Avengers. He then arranges it to have the villains fight different heroes than they usually would. Like Avengers’ villain Gravitron fighting spider-man, spider-man villain Beetle fighting the Fantastic Four, etc. The reason for it is to put the heroes at a greater disadvantage of not being familiar with the villains. Loki got the villains to do this by being like, ‘hey guys this gives us a great chance to destroy them.’ But since he’s Loki and is always up to something he was also manipulating the villains by getting them to do his dirty work. But when Thor found out what his brother was doing as he always does, he beat the crap out of them. As a last-ditch effort, Loki took three Sentinels and merged them, creating the awesome Tri-Sentinel.
Notable Events of Loki
The thor Ragnarok comic storyline is, of course, the story that the third Thor movie was loosely based on. While Thor tried to prevent this as long as he could inevitably Ragnarok still happens. Thor eventually realized that Asgard itself was on a loop. Loki always attacked, Thor then saves the day, there’s always death, then rebirth. It’s a constant loop. So Thor was like screw it and accepted the destiny that Loki would eventually destroy Asgard by causing Ragnarok.
But in accepting this, he could ensure that everyone in Asgard would at least die a Warrior’s death. Thor thought to himself, ‘if I’m gonna let all of Asgard die, I might as well get revenge on my evil brother who just so happens to be my greatest enemy’.
So he tells Loki, “You must be punished. You have taken the lives of many brave men. So your punishment shall be to become less than a man” and then literally pulls his head off his body. He keeps Loki alive with his Runes magic because Thor is The Rune King at this point. Moving forward, Thor took his brother’s head and tied it to his belt by his hair. Surtur then unleashed his attack on Asgard destroying it. As for Loki, what could he do, he was just a hanging head on his brother’s belt. So he just sat there and watched as his ultimate goal of causing Ragnarok was carried out. But eventually, he screamed in fear as he too was also destroyed during the attack. It looks like that backfired. Of course like all Asgardians, Loki was reborn. However, he was reborn as a woman in Sif’s body.
Loki has also played a considerable role in the Siege storyline where he manipulated Osborn into leading an all-out assault on Asgard which at this point, was located within the United States. So Captain America gathered the Avengers to fight Osborn. Also, it is worth mentioning that the events of Siege are what led to the Marvel Comics introducing the Heroic Age. This is where all the heroes put aside their differences from the events of Civil War Secret Invasion and banded together to fight evil.
However, in the Siege storyline, Loki was killed. As this is in comic books where no mainstay character stays dead for long. Loki was eventually brought back in Thor issue 622, which was renamed back to his original title name Journey into Mystery. In the title, Loki was born back to life but exists in a child’s body now and stayed this way for quite some time. In 2013 kid Loki even became a main character in the second incarnation of the Young Avengers. At which point he tricked Wiccan into making him a teenager. In Loki’s solo series called Loki Agent of Asgard writer Al Ewing made Loki bisexual and explored that a little bit in the series. He said, “Loki is bi, and I’ll be touching on that. He’ll shift between genders occasionally as well”. That’s right, Loki can change his sex apparently and like having said we see him do so in the series.
Then in Loki’s most recent solo series from 2016, Loki ran for president of the United States which is a very interesting story, but ultimately he loses as all his tricks and schemes are uncovered by the media.
Powers and Abilities of Loki
As we all already know, Loki is the biological son of the King of the Frost Giants, because of this he has Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes, and durability.
Loki is so strong that he could lift 50 tons without using his magic abilities. This may be a shocker to some of you as we rarely see Loki use his physical strength for going fist to fist with opponents. But he is well capable of overpowering super-strong opponents. He could actually fight for up to 24 hours before starting to feel tired and has a pretty good healing factor too. He’s even strong enough to withstand a massive energy blast or falling from great heights and could survive in extreme temperatures and pressures.
Also, he’s immune to all human diseases and toxins. Then of course most famously Loki is skilled in sorcery. He is the most skilled magician in all of Asgard if not all the nine realms. His magic comes from his ability to manipulate Asgardian energy as well as his vast knowledge of sorcery.
He’s such a skilled sorcerer that he can even grant superhuman abilities. For those of you who didn’t know, he was actually the one who gave Absorbing Man his powers. With that said his magic becomes slightly weaker on earth as all as Guardians become a bit weaker on earth.