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10 Things You Need To Know About Loki's Powers

Lokiis set to explore an entirely new version of Loki, the God of Mischief, in the MCU. This 'Variant' as he's labeled by the Time Variance Authority may be a 'new' Loki to fans, but he will share all the powers and abilities of the Loki that fans followed through the Infinity Saga until his death in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Loki's powers and abilities are a product of his unique history and biology. A child of the Frost Giants, raised by Asgardians, and trained in magic, Loki is one of the most powerful characters in the MCU, and the new series may even lead to Loki acquiring new powers as he explores the greater multiverse.

10 Frost Giant Physiology

Loki has inherent power as a result of his lineage as a Frost Giant. The great secret of his life was that he was born to the traditional villains of the Asgardians and as a consequence, possesses their superhuman strength, stamina, and agility.

He doesn't have the god-like strength of his brother Thor, one of the most powerful members of the Avengers, but he is far stronger than a normal human being. He is even stronger than some superhumans, shown to have the chops to take on Captain America. He wasn't able to defeat the Hulk, though.

9 Immunity To The Cold

Another power that Loki inherited from the Frost Giants is immunity to cold. This goes beyond just basic endurance in freezing temperatures. Loki is immune to the unimaginable cold touch of the Frost Giants themselves, who can otherwise turn people to ice instantly.

This was the first indication that Loki's origins weren't what he thought they were. He later discovered that he could also touch the Casket of Ancient Winters, a relic of the Frost Giants that the Asgardians had captured in battle many ages before.

8 Superhuman Strength

Loki's chief powers and abilities tend to focus on his being a trickster, which makes sense as he is one of the most powerful magicians in the Marvel Universe. But this undersells his superhuman strength.

While not on the level of Thor or some of the other Avengers, he is nonetheless physically the superior of most humans. His strength aided him in numerous battles against the Frost Giants, Dark Elves, as well as the forces of Hela. His physical capability makes him a serious threat against anyone in any universe of reality.

7 Long Life

Loki is not immortal, as fans sadly learned in Avengers: Infinity War. The Variant Loki is unlikely to know his counterpart died, but Loki has been shown to be thousands of years old, with his life dating back into the ancient past of mankind. He also has an incredible healing factor which allows him to recover from most injuries very quickly.

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This healing factor is the main reason that Loki was able to recover enough to walk after the Hulk smashed him into the floor several times in one of the best scenes from the Avengers movies.

6 Illusions

Loki's greatest power may be in his sorcery. As a child of a witch, his Frost Giant nature was hidden by a concealment spell. Loki learned magic as a child and became extremely adept in casting illusions. Loki uses them in many situations, either to deceive or overwhelm his opponents.

In Thor: Ragnarok, his power finally caught up with him. Thor anticipated Loki was using a projection of himself and was able to head the real Loki off at the pass before Loki betrayed him. His illusions have the look of three-dimensional reality, but not the substance.

5 Invisibility

Along with his ability to cast illusions, Loki also has the power to make himself invisible. The most extraordinary use of this power came against Heimdall, the all-seeing guardian of the Bi-Frost. Loki was able to conceal himself and several Frost Giants into Asgard in an extraordinary act of magic.

He also kept himself invisible from numerous individuals in S.H.I.E.L.D., and most notably, Dr. Erik Selvig, who became a victim of one of Loki's other significant powers.

4 Psychic Manipulation

Loki's ability to turn invisible isn't predicated on any manipulation of light or matter, but mental deception. The same is true in his ability to manipulate the minds of others.

Loki is able to physically control some individuals, like Dr. Selvig, who he used to get his hands on the Tesseract, which turned out to be the Space Stone. Another major example of this power was Loki's ability to manipulate his father, Odin. He forced Odin out of Asgard to Earth for years, allowing Loki to assume the throne in his absence.

3 Shapeshifter

Far beyond even a simple illusion, Loki is able to shapeshift into other people. He has appeared both as his own father, Odin, Captain America, and in one instance, as multiple versions of himself. He also was able to fake his own death in the not as bad as people say it is Thor: The Dark World, which led some fans to speculate his death in Infinity War was similarly a ruse.

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Loki's ability to shapeshift is likely to play some role in his new series, especially if he intends to escape the clutches of the Time Variance Authority. In the comics, Loki is also able to shapeshift into animals.

2 SuperSpeed

Loki is not only incredibly strong, but he's incredibly fast. His super speed has come in handy several times, especially during the Battle Of New York, one of the major MCU events leading to the Loki series.

Loki proved his power by catching an arrow that Hawkeye had shot at him at incredible speed. Unfortunately for Loki, the arrow had an exploding tip. The blast knocked him off his Chituari chariot but didn't knock him out of the fight for too long.

1 Telekinesis

Loki has also displayed a high degree of power in telekinesis. He doesn't use it a lot, but when he does, it's often devastating.

Loki used a telekinetic wave to propel his daggers at the Frost Giants in the battle at the beginning of the first Thor movie, amplifying their impact a great deal. He also unleashed a telekinetic barrage in his cell in Asgard when he learned of the death of his mother, Frigga. Loki destroyed all the furniture in his cell without moving a muscle.

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Loki’s Powers Explained In Full: How Each Ability Is Different

Loki's vast powers have been all over the map in the MCU. Here's how his magic works and every one of his magical abilities, explained in detail.

Throughout his appearances in the MCU, Loki's powers and abilities have been all over the map; here's what they are and how they work explained. While quite powerful in magical abilities in the comics (though admittedly more of a master manipulator than anything), the MCU has showcased this only sporadically, which, in a way, makes sense. Loki hasn't been the titular character of his own movies and he was the villain back in the MCU Phase 1 when Marvel was focused on establishing their heroes over their villains. So it's easy to forget that Loki actually has some rather formidable abilities.

However, the first episode of Loki reminds audiences of his magical prowess, not because Loki uses his powers, but precisely because he can't. From the moment that the Minutemen catch Loki and slap a time collar on him and then drag him to the TVA headquarters, it's clear how easily Loki might have been able to escape had he been able to use his magic. In fact, that's exactly what he tries to do during his hearing only to discover he can't use magic in the confines of the TVA's domain. Among other things, it leaves him frustrated and off-kilter, showcasing just how much Loki's powers mean to him.

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Still, while much time has been devoted to the other magic users of the MCU and how their powers work, such as Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, and Agatha Harkness, Loki's magic is more of a mystery. This is down to it not being shown as much as the others, but also because its origins and how it works, exactly, have never been fully explained. Here's how his abilities work and how they differ in the MCU.

How Loki's Magic Works In The MCU

Set apart from most of the other characters in MCU with magical abilities, Loki's magic is innate. Unlike Agatha Harkness, Doctor Strange, and even Scarlet Witch, Loki never had to study to gain his innate abilities or to tap into his magic. He does not require books to use as magical sources, nor does he have to recite incantations, spells, or use runes to trigger his magical abilities. He has the benefit of being born a Frost Giant, making him inherently magical, and having been taught in the ways of Asgardian sorcery, meaning he can tap into mystical energies solely by concentrating. With his age, it now takes little concentration at all; Loki can use most of his magical abilities without thought, like a basketball star throwing 3-pointers without looking. Asgardians, in general, see magic as really being science, a type of energy that runs through all things in the world. But extremely skilled sorcerers like Loki can tap into even greater otherworldly forces to gain abilities beyond the rest.

For Loki, magic comes as easily as breathing. It's been a part of him since he was born. It's true WandaVision proved that Wanda Maximoff's magical abilities had similarly been inside her all along, but she required the Mind Stone to unlock them. Had she never been exposed to the Mind Stone, she may never have tapped into her magic at all, unlike Loki. That's not to say he hasn't studied – his adoptive mother, Frigga, in particular, found great joy in teaching her son to harness his powers and to unlock new ones – but the magic was always part of him and he's always been able to use it. Consider the story Thor told in Thor: Ragnarok, about how when they were just kids, Loki turned himself into a snake to trick Thor. That's a high-level form of illusion casting and shapeshifting, a feat even some adult, skilled sorcerers couldn't pull off convincingly. That he could do it from the time he was quite young shows just how powerful Loki is. Loki's natural role as the God of Mischief lends him a natural edge to his magic, and, being a near-immortal being, he's had over 1,000 years to learn even more tricks he wasn't automatically born with. In reality, Loki has a threefold advantage over other magic users in the MCU: He was born a Frost Giant, he trained as an Asgardian sorcerer under Frigga, and he is the God of Mischief.

How The Origin Of Loki's Powers Differ In The Comics

The origin of Loki's powers and how they work are slightly different in the comics, however. As in the MCU, Loki was born with an innate magic ability and often used it to play pranks on his brother, tricks that grew more vengeful in nature as Loki aged and his resentment and bitterness grew. Unlike in the MCU, Loki didn't particularly need Frigga to teach him sorcery to gain new powers. However, it would have been better had Frigga been the one to train him. Instead, of being a playful prankster as in the MCU, the Loki of the comics had a vicious, vengeful edge, even when young. No longer the "God of Mischief," over time in the comics, he eventually earned the new title of the "God of Evil."

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After escaping from being magically imprisoned in a tree by Odin, Loki met a sorcerer by the name of Eldred, who recognized Loki's immense talent and cunning. Taking him under his wing, it was Eldred who trained Loki, not in Asgardian magic, but in the black arts. Due to Loki's lineage, his magical abilities ended up surpassing Eldred's even when Loki was still relatively young. Realizing Eldred could teach him no more and that he no longer had a use for him, Loki made a pact with the fire demon, Surtur. Betraying Eldred, he gave the old wizard over to the fire demon, Surtur, and, upon Eldred's death, absorbed his old mentor's powers, increasing his own.

What Magical Powers Loki Has In The MCU & How They Work

Loki hasn't displayed his prodigious powers in the MCU nearly as often as his brother Thor has, but that doesn't mean he hasn't flashed them when needed. The irony is that, despite Loki's flamboyant and attention-seeking nature, much of his magic is on the more subtle side. He usually doesn't create big, flashy spells like Doctor Strange or overwhelm opponents with massive bursts of chaos magic like Scarlet Witch. Loki's magic is more about trickery and deceit, making people doubt their eyes (and sometimes their sanity), though he has certainly learned how to tap into other forms of magic over the past millennium. Along with stating he's the most powerful sorcerer in all of Asgard, his official profile on Marvel.com lists powers Loki officially possesses in the MCU. There are also other powers he's shown that aren't specifically listed but that he's exhibited, or that fall under the category of Asgardian sorcery, meaning he'd have that ability. It's entirely possible the series could add even more by the time it finishes. While Loki's main magical arsenal is illusion- and mind-based, he has a few other tricks up his magical sleeve, too.

Astral projection - A specific form of illusion that is perhaps seen the most often in the MCU. Loki, like his mother, Frigga, is able to cast projections of himself and others to trick and deceive. Most sorcerers are only able to cast hazy illusions that appear more like ghosts, but Loki is powerful enough that his projected duplicate (or duplicates, as he's also powerful enough to create multiples) appears as solid and whole as his actual person. He can also use this ability to project himself into another location, even quite far away, in order to speak to someone.

Illusion casting - Loki is also skilled with illusion in general and has shown this over and over again, from altering his appearance to blend in on Earth by hiding his Asgardian armor, to making it appear as though Thor's hand was cut off, to transforming his prison cell to hide the damage he'd done to it in his grief after learning of Frigga's death. Loki's illusions are strong enough to fool all but those who know him best.

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Shape-shifting - Loki is famous for being able to not just cast mild glamours on himself, but also completely change his shape at will. This was shown in the scene in Thor: The Dark World where he briefly transformed into Captain America (though that could also have been an illusion) and in the aforementioned snake trick when he and Thor were kids.

Hypnosis -Loki has shown the ability to be able to mesmerize and hypnotize people, even without the use of the staff containing the Mind Stone. This was most notable when he influenced the thoughts of Erik Selvig from a short distance through his speech, though Selvig wasn't able to see him.

Telepathy - Stronger than hypnosis is his telepathy ability. He's able to project himself into a person's memories and use them against that person. This was illustrated during his fight with Valkyrie in Ragnarok when he slammed his hand onto her forehead and forced her to relive the Valkyries' fight with Hela and the loss of her partner. His telepathy does have some limitations, however, as he has to be touching the person to do it. It also appears it only goes one way as he hasn't yet shown an ability to be able to read the thoughts of another at will.

Presence concealment - Another sneaky trick that Loki has used multiple times in the MCU is his ability to conceal his presence. It's not true invisibility as he still shows up in mirrors and reflective surfaces, but Loki can mask his presence completely to spy on others or to hide. His ability is strong enough so that he can conceal multiple people at a time, such as when he snuck the Frost Giants into Asgard. His ability to conceal himself even outmatches Heimdall's gifts as few in the universe, let alone Asgard, could sneak past the all-seeing guardian as Loki did.

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Telekinesis - Loki is able to move objects with the powers of his mind, usually accompanied by the trademark traces of his green-hued magic. The most notable example of this is the moment in The Dark World when Loki learns of Frigga's death and causes all the furniture in his cell to violently fly away from him with one quick clenching of his fists. He also regularly uses this to enhance the force behind his throwing daggers, making them travel farther faster and hit with deadlier impact.

Teleportation - Loki has the ability to teleport himself from place to place. In the comics, he can do this over great distances and across realms, but in the MCU, it's unclear how far this ability extends as he's only been seen using it in small bursts, notably in fight scenes.

Creating dimensional rifts - Loki also has the power to create dimensional rifts outright, as well as an innate ability to find and detect rifts between the Nine Realms and elsewhere (evidenced by him knowing the secret passage to Svartalfheim inThe Dark World. Like a cat, Loki also seems to have nine lives, possessing an uncanny ability to survive trips into interdimensional portals and rifts that would kill lesser creatures.

Energy blasts - While most of Loki's magic is defensive in nature, he has offensive capabilities, too, most notably his trademark green energy blasts. While finding it a lesser form of magic because it's just so inelegant, and more the brute force his brother favors, Loki can sling devastating blasts of his magic when the situation calls for it.

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Energy shields - Loki can also use his magical energy to create protective shields around himself. This is exhibited in the opening act of The Avengers when Loki appears completely impervious to the hail of bullets being fired at him by agents at the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. Not only do they bounce off him harmlessly, but they also seem to deflect back with enough force to take out a number of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Levitation - Loki has the ability to levitate, though this hasn't been shown much in the MCU, and nor does he even use it much in the comics. It's also possible he has the ability to fly; in the comics, he can manipulate energy to give him the power of flight, but he rarely ever uses it.

Physical augmentation - By tapping into mystical energies around him, Loki also has the ability to augment his natural Frost Giant and Asgardian attributes, including his already superhuman speed, strength, durability, and stamina. However, this enhanced state is only temporary.

Molecular manipulation/transmutation - Loki has also shown the ability to be able to transmute matter, manipulating the molecules in order to transform one object into another.

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Conjuration - More than just having the ability to transmute objects, Loki also has the ability to conjure objects seemingly out of thin air. It's unclear how this works, exactly, but Loki seems to be one of the rare sorcerers gifted enough to use two types of conjuration. In the first, he seemingly creates something out of nothing, having shown an ability to suddenly conjure up daggers in a fight, such as in the Sanctum Santorum and against Hela. The second type appears to be more an ability to pluck objects out of a pocket dimension, such as when he conjures up the Casket of Ancient Winters to freeze Heimdall and then makes it disappear again with a wave of his hands, or when he pulled the Tesseract out of nowhere to hand to Thanos. While this is technically not true conjuration, it appears to be for all parties involved.

Imbuing objects with magic - Loki is also quite skilled at transferring magic to objects and imbuing them with mystical energies. In the comics, he's even powerful enough to temporarily imbue living creatures and other people with superpowers, but he's not shown this ability in the MCU yet.

Cryokinesis - Due to his Frost Giant heritage, Loki also technically has the ability to manipulate and control ice like his Jotunheim brethren. However, Loki has a complicated relationship with his Jotun blood, as he was abandoned by his people and raised to hate the Frost Giants as an Asgardian. Thus, even though Loki has the ability to use his cryokinetic Frost Giant powers, he chooses not to.

It's that last part that also speaks to a wider pattern with Loki, both in the MCU and the comics.

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Why Loki Doesn't Use His Magic More Often In The MCU

While other magic users in the MCU see their magic as their greatest gift and part of their identity, Loki views his magic as more of a tool. He uses it when it's beneficial, convenient, and necessary, but he doesn't rely on it as his first line of offense or defense in his day-to-day life.

Loki's greatest gift is his intellect, his greatest weakness his insecurity. Like many brilliant kids who grow up in a place where brute force and athletic prowess are prized above all, Loki is both secure in his vast intelligence but also deeply insecure as it's the only thing that is "his." Relying solely on his intellect to accomplish his aims proves to him that he is "better" than others, and it amuses him to make a game of it; using his magic would be too easy. As such, he much prefers to rely on his prodigious powers of manipulation, deceit, and trickery over his magic. To his credit, his is fiercely intelligent and his cunning usually so exceeds those around him that he is able to go without using his magic to succeed.

Loki resorting to his magic only when needed makes him even more of a threat, as Loki has spent just as much time honing his mind and knowledge as his magical abilities. Likewise, while it's easy to forget with him having a warrior god like Thor as a brother, Loki was still raised as an Asgardian, and thus trained in the Asgardian ways of combat. Loki may not have the brute strength of his brother, but when he has had to fight, Loki has shown himself to be just as formidable as any of the Warriors Three, a master of blade and spear as well as being an expert marksman and pilot. Thus, in many ways, Loki may be the most powerful magic user of all, as he has multiple weapons in his arsenal on top of his extensive natural abilities with magic. Hopefully, Loki will explain further how his magic works and showcase some brand-new abilities.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

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Loki (Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics fictional character

For the Marvel Cinematic Universe character, see Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe).

Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby, a version of the character first appeared in Venus #6 (August 1949). The modern-day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962). The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian "God of Mischief", the adopted son of Odin and the adoptive brother of the superheroThor. Loki has been portrayed as both a supervillain and antihero.

Loki has appeared in several ongoing series, limited series and alternate reality series, including the 4-issue series Loki in 2004 and 2006, being the main character of Journey into Mystery from issues 622 to 645, appearing in new issues of Young Avengers in 2013 and receiving three more solo series, Loki: Agent of Asgard in 2013, Vote Loki in 2016 and Loki in 2019. The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, movies, video games, clothing, and toys.

In 2009, Loki was ranked as IGN's eighth-greatest comic book villain of all time[1] and in 2014 was ranked again by IGN, this time as the fourth-greatest comic book villain of all time.[2]Tom Hiddleston portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Hiddleston returned to portray alternate timeline versions in the Disney+ live-action series Loki (2021) and animated series What If...? (2021).

Publication history[edit]

Loki's first appearance in the Venuscomics (1949)

A version of Loki made his first Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics' publication Venus No. 6 (August 1949), where Loki was depicted as a member of the Olympian gods exiled to the Underworld, and here resembled the traditional image of the Devil.[original research?] Planning to spread hate, he convinced Jupiter to let him travel to the realm of Earth, using Venus already being allowed onto it as his justification. Venus pledged herself to Loki's service in order to stop his plans, with Jupiter seeing her unselfish act and freeing her from the pledge, with Loki subsequently being sent back to the Underworld. The modern-age Loki made his first official Marvel appearance in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962), where Loki was reintroduced as Thor's sworn enemy. The modern age Loki was introduced by brothers and co-writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and was redesigned by Jack Kirby.

As one of Thor's arch-nemeses, Loki has frequently made appearances in Thor-related titles like Journey into Mystery and Thor, as well as other Marvel Universe titles such as The Avengers and X-Men.[3] As well as brief appearances in the Spider-Man and The Defenders comic series, he was the starring character in two four-issue miniseriesLoki in 2004 and 2010.[4][5][6]

Loki played a key role in the 2010s company-wide Siege storyline, in which the character is eventually killed.

Starting with issue #622 the ongoing series Thor reverted to the original title Journey into Mystery and shifted focus to Loki. Under the pen of Kieron Gillen, Loki is resurrected but exists in a child's body, remaining the main character from 2011 to 2012, his final issue as lead being #645.

Gillen, joined by penciller Jamie McKelvie, continued his Loki storyline by introducing Loki, still as Kid Loki, as a main character in the second Young Avengers, which began in 2013.[7] In issue #11, he manipulated Wiccan into restoring him to his teenaged form.[8]

A Loki solo series called Loki: Agent of Asgard was announced for 2014. Writer Al Ewing said that among other things, the series will explore Loki's bisexuality and fluid gender identity, writing "Loki is bi and I'll be touching on that. [He will be] shift[ing] between genders occasionally as well."[9]

Another Loki solo series called Vote Loki started in 2016.[10] In this series Loki decides to run in the US presidential election,[11] but loses seemingly after his tricks are uncovered by the media; he is later revealed to have lost intentionally on behalf of the then-winning candidate.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Many years ago, when Bor, ruler of Asgard, was battling frost giants, he followed a wounded giant to a powerful sorcerer that was waiting for him. The sorcerer caught him unaware, turning Bor into snow. Bor's son, Odin, found his father as he was blowing away; Bor begged Odin to find a sorcerer to free him, but Odin made no attempt to save his father. Bor cursed Odin saying that he would take in the son of a fallen king and raise it as his own. Not a week later, Odin himself led the Asgardians into battle against the Frost Giants and killed Laufey, who was the King, in personal combat. After slaying Laufey, Odin found a small Asgardian-sized child hidden within the primary stronghold of the Frost Giants. The child was Loki; Laufey having kept him hidden from the Frost Giant people due to his shame over his son's small size. Odin took the child, out of a combination of pity, to appease the memory of his father, and because he was the child of a worthy adversary slain in honorable combat, and raised as his own alongside his biological son Thor.[12]

Throughout his childhood and into adolescence, Loki was resentful of the differences between how Thor and himself were treated by the citizens of Asgard.[13] The Asgardians valued great strength, tenacity, and bravery in battle above all things, and Loki was clearly inferior to his brother Thor in those areas. What he lacked in size and strength, however, he made up for in power and skill, particularly as a sorcerer. As Loki grew to adulthood, his natural talent for causing mischief would make itself manifest and earned him a nickname as the "God of Mischief"; his mischievousness eventually became malice as his hunger for power and revenge grew stronger. Several times he tried to use tricks to get rid of Thor, such as telling him to guard a hole in the wall that he himself had made. In time, his reputation grew from being a playful and mischievous trickster to the "God of Evil". Over the centuries, Loki attempted on many occasions to seize the rulership of Asgard and to destroy Thor, even helping the Storm Giant Ghan to escape Thor planning to get a debt from him later, and aided other enemies of Asgard, planning to take over. Odin, who had grown weary of Loki's mischief, magically imprisoned him within a tree until someone would shed a tear for his plight. Loki eventually freed himself by causing a leaf to strike Heimdall, the guardian of Bifrost, in the eye, which made him shed a tear. Loki compiled an extensive criminal record in Asgard, and was frequently exiled.[14] He later met the Sorcerer Eldred, who taught him black magic, repaying Eldred by later giving him to the Fire demon Surtur.

Battles with Earth's heroes[edit]

Loki's schemes eventually came to include Earth itself, and often fought with Earth's superhuman heroes to take their planet, and often Asgard itself. He first battled Thor on Earth in modern times after escaping from the tree;[15] Loki then manipulated the Hulk into wreaking havoc using an illusion of dynamite on train tracks, while in astral form in an attempt to lure Thor to Earth, which inadvertently led to the formation of the Avengers as several other heroes came to meet the Hulk.[16]

Thor was one of the founding members of this superhuman team, and often led them into battle against Loki. Several times Loki, while not directly battling Thor, caused other threats for Thor to battle, like increasing the mental powers of a carnival fortune teller Sandu, making him powerful enough to lift buildings with his mind,[17] and releasing a Lava Man called Molto by accident when causing a long-dead volcano to explode.[18] When Loki convinced Odin to punish Thor, Odin took away half of Thor's power, after which Loki returned the memory of the 23rd-century villain Zarrko. Zarrko defeated Thor and took him back to help conquer his time period, although the God of Thunder was able to finally capture the villain.[19] Loki even released Mr. Hyde and Cobra by paying their bail, then doubled their powers. Loki told them to kidnap Jane Foster, which he knew would attract Thor's attention, but Hyde and Cobra were again defeated.[20] Loki finally went after Jane Foster himself, sending her to another dimension. However Doctor Strange was able to protect her, and Thor forced Loki to return her.[21]

Among Loki's better-known henchmen was the human criminal Carl "The Crusher" Creel, whom Loki transformed into the superhuman criminal known as the Absorbing Man.[22] Creel would prove to be a formidable adversary to Thor and other Avengers over the years. Loki went so far as to attempt to turn Odin against Thor and to steal Thor's enchanted hammer Mjolnir in an attempt to attain freedom, but his efforts failed. Upon convincing Odin to go to Earth and leave him in charge of Asgard with part of the Odinforce, he released Skagg, the largest Storm Giant, and Surtur, the largest Fire Demon, to try to destroy Odin. However, Thor and Balder helped defeat the monsters, and Loki was sent to serve the Trolls. Loki was responsible for the Destroyer being awakened, by leading a Hunter to the Temple where the Destroyer armor resided using their mental abilities while Thor was nearby, causing the soul of the Hunter to animate the armor, but Thor forced the Hunter to return to his body, then buried the armor under thousands of tons of rock.[23] The Absorbing Man was brought back to Earth by Loki, and battled Thor, but Loki quickly took him to Asgard when Thor was on the verge of defeating them. The Absorbing Man defeated the Asgardians without too much trouble and absorbed Odin's attacks. However Loki and the Absorbing Man were exiled into space due to a trick by Odin,[24] then sending his astral form back to Earth and taking over the Destroyer armor, attempting to take over Asgard; Odin then sent Balder to discover the location of Loki, then using his powers to send Loki out of the Destroyer armor.[25]

Taking over Asgard[edit]

Loki's destiny to be the cause of Ragnarök was later recounted.[26] Loki returned from exile in space, but was then stripped of his powers and exiled to Earth by Odin. Loki plotted to gain new powers from Karnilla; however, this accidentally created the Wrecker, who gained Asgardian powers upon being mistaken for Loki after knocking him out and putting on his helmet just before Karnilla appeared in response to Loki's ritual. He almost killed Thor by collapsing a building on him, as Thor had been stripped of all his powers except his strength by Odin. Loki then fomented a battle between Thor and the Destroyer animated by Sif.[27] Loki then took command of Asgard during the Odinsleep, using his right as the 'son' of Odin before Thor could claim it, but fled when Asgard was invaded by Mangog, realizing that this new foe was too powerful.[28]

Loki later usurped the throne of Asgard by taking the Odinring, but fled again when Asgard was invaded by Surtur.[29] Subsequently, he attempted to destroy Thor by switching bodies with him, granting him Thor's raw strength against his own inexperienced use of magic in Thor's hands; regardless, Thor was able to regain his true appearance by tricking Loki into throwing Mjolnir away so that it became stuck in a cliff, causing Thor's (Loki's) body to return to the human form of Donald Blake and allowing Thor to regain control of his true form.[30] Much later, Loki usurped the throne of Asgard again and set the Destroyer against Thor once more.[31] Shortly after that, Loki caused the temporary death of Balder using mistletoe, having conspired with Hela to cause Ragnarök if his last plan had failed. At this time, Loki's estranged wife Sigyn returned to Asgard. When Loki was chained and a viper dripped poison on his face as punishment for killing Balder, Sigyn tried helping him. Loki attempted to bring about Ragnarök, but was foiled by Odin.[32] Alongside Tyr and his forces, Loki stole the golden apples of Idunna and invaded Asgard with help from the Midgard serpent, but then changed sides and aided Odin's forces in defeating Tyr.[33]

Despite Loki's seeming hatred of his adoptive brother and father, Loki helped to defend Asgard from destruction from Surtur and his fire demons. This was because Surtur's goal was to destroy Asgard, whereas Loki sought only to rule it. Alongside Odin and Thor, Loki battled Surtur, and witnessed the seeming demise of Odin.[34] Not long after that, Loki transformed Thor into a frog for a time, using the Twilight Sword. Thor was turned back when Volstagg destroyed one of the machines Loki had used to transform Thor.[35] He then involved the X-Men and Alpha Flight in a plot to gain favor with "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow" by trying to prove that he could do a truly good deed by offering to grant the wishes of the two teams—such as giving Puck a normal body while granting Rogue the ability to touch again—but failed the test after trying to force the gifts on the heroes after they rejected them, the two teams learning that these enhanced powers—and the further powers that Loki would grant to the world—would deprive those who received the gifts of the ability to imagine and create new things, essentially destroying what it meant to be human.[36]

Acts of Vengeance[edit]

In disguise, Loki manipulated a group of master villains into engineering the "Acts of Vengeance". With these prime movers, he set into motion a plot against the Avengers and other heroes, sending the Juggernaut against Thor, and casting a spell that caused temporary bouts of weakness in Thor. He then battled the combined forces of the West Coast and East Coast Avengers. His identity and role in the proceedings was ultimately revealed, and he was then defeated by the Avengers.[37][39] Loki would actually die at the hands of Thor,[40] although manipulation of the time stream would later bring him back.[41] During this time, Loki briefly travelled to the dimension of the Ultraverse to seek out the Infinity Gems.[42]

Loki's first female form, taken from Lady Sif. Art by Olivier Coipel

Lady Loki[edit]

Morwen, a powerful agent of chaos, was released and took Tessa Black, a daughter of Loki from his female form, as a host. With Doctor Strange unavailable, Loki and Spider-Man work together to free her. Loki proclaims that he owes an as-of-yet unpaid debt to his temporary ally.[43]

A short while later, Loki was prophesized to lead Asgard's enemies into destroying the "Eternal Realm" in a final conflict known as Ragnarök, part of the continuing Asgardian cycle of the birth, life, and death presided over by beings known as "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow" who drew sustenance from the energies expended during these cycles. In the final confrontation between the brothers before that battle, Thor hung Loki's head from his belt so he could watch the final moments of the battle.[44]

After Ragnarök, Loki returned in a female body working with Doctor Doom so Thor would unwittingly resurrect his Asgardian enemies[45] and manipulated Balder to make him the new successor to the throne of Asgard.[46] Secretly, Loki additionally retained his male form, carrying Thor's reborn lover Sif within himself as his daughter. During this period, Hela and Loki used magic to send Loki to the past to cause the events that led to his younger self being adopted by Odin as a means to eliminate Bor, Thor's grandfather.[47]

During the Secret Invasion, Loki goaded the Asgardians into believing Beta Ray Bill was a Skrull, but Thor showed that Loki was lying.[48] After the Skrulls were defeated, he joined the Cabal, consisting of himself, Norman Osborn, Emma Frost, Doctor Doom, Namor, and the Hood,[49] so Osborn could launch his new world order, promising Loki that he could Restore Asgard back to the heavens where it belonged.[50] Loki and Sif are soon restored to their respective bodies[51] and following the Hood's depowerment, Loki offers him a second chance.[52]

Mighty Avengers[edit]

The Scarlet Witch appeared in her astral form recruiting a team of Avengers to face the Elder God Chthon.[53] It was soon revealed that Wanda was Loki in disguise. The Avengers, unaware of Loki's trick, followed the false "Wanda's" instructions.[54] Her goal was to throw Norman Osborn off-balance, as shown during the second meeting of the Cabal. After Thor was banished due to her trickery, Loki intended to put "cracks in Osborn's armor" and gradually "widen" these cracks through the Mighty Avengers. Pietro Maximoff, desiring to see and converse with his sister, joined the Mighty Avengers. He raced around the world searching for her, not knowing that his nephews Billy and Tommy had just done so and also failed to find her.[55]

However, Loki had planned on the deaths of Pietro and Cassandra Lang, fearing they may form wedges in his plans. Cutting off communications from the former, they tried to convince Hank Pym to expel Cassie after placing a spell on her to prevent her from saying anything bad about their disguise. The latter, however, invited her fellow Young Avengers into the Infinite Avengers Mansion (an extension of the PymPocket), to prove that the Scarlet Witch was evil. When Wiccan cast a spell to bring Scarlet Witch to them, Loki appeared as Scarlet Witch and stated that Cassandra Lang sealed their fate. Just then, Ronin appeared and ambushed the "Scarlet Witch".[56] He determined that she was not Wanda by kissing her and stating that the real Scarlet Witch would have used her power to revive Cassandra's father. Wiccan then chanted a spell to reveal Loki's true form. Afraid of exposure, Loki was forced to leave, swearing all their deaths.[57] The continued achievements of the Mighty Avengers strained Osborn to the breaking point. Loki decided to play the final card that would break Osborn by unleashing the Absorbing Man, who had absorbed the power of the Cosmic Cube.[58] In the Dark Avengers, Loki secreted himself inside Norman Osborn's office in his female form, manipulating Osborn into becoming the Green Goblin again, as Siege begins.[59]

Siege[edit]

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Loki was present at the Cabal when Norman Osborn denied to bring Namor to Doctor Doom. When the Doombot posing as Doctor Doom unleashed insect-like robots, Loki advised the Hood to take flight. Following Osborn's talk with the President, Loki advised to recreate an incident similar to the Stamford Incident that would bring about the invasion upon Asgard.[60][61]

He then revealed a plot to Osborn that would take advantage of Volstagg's presence in Chicago. Since Volstagg had gone for adventures like Thor, the U-Foes could attack him and destroy a packed Soldier Field during an American football game, killing thousands while Osborn and he watched in astral form. Loki then warned Balder about Osborn's impending attack on Asgard, claiming that he had tried to convince Osborn not to attack.[62][63] killing the Asgardian who actually prophesied the attack and sending Heimdall's chamber beneath Asgard[64] so he couldn't warn the Asgardians in time. Loki, when Osborn called out for his aid, sent the Hood and his diminished syndicate as reinforcements to help Osborn's forces against the Avengers.[65][66] Loki later appeared to Balder, telling him that he would have simply pardoned Thor instead of banishing him if he had not wanted the throne of Asgard for himself. Balder later banished Loki from Asgard.[67]

Sometime after, he magically disguised himself as Osborn's Green Goblin persona to lay siege to Asgard, Loki encountered the Disir (the Valkyries of Bor) after he lured them using several wandering god's souls he imprisoned as bait, revealing that he desired to gain their service as his slaves. The 13 Disir unite and assault him as one, but Loki managed to defeat them using extraordinary swordsmanship skills, thus forcing them to submit to him and declare him the victor. Loki meets with Hela and asks her what she will give him in exchange for a new Hel, to which she answers 'Anything.' She then met with Mephisto, demonstrating the power of the Disir and agreeing to lend him the Disir for a hundred and one days in exchange for the demon lord granting a portion of his netherworld to Hela for one thousand and one years, as her new "Hel", which Mephisto agrees to. In exchange for this, Hela erased Loki from the Books of Hel, thus, he was no longer tied to Hel or Asgard, gaining absolute freedom. Mephisto asked Loki why he had resorted to such schemes, to which Loki replied it was more fun this way.[68][69]

When the combined forces of the New Avengers, Young Avengers, and the Secret Warriors defeated the Dark Avengers, Thor demanded to know where Loki was. Norman Osborn could only tell him that he was dead, just like "the rest of them" as the true form of the Void appeared.[65][66] As the creature tore apart the three teams, Loki began to repent, realizing that what had happened to Asgard was not what he wanted, begging his father, Odin, to return to him the Norn Stones (which were previously taken away from the Hood and given to the trickster), using their power to empower the three teams and give the powers of the Hood's gang to them to fight back against the Void. However, the Void sensed Loki's hand in this and attacked him, the stones having not affected the Void directly. As Loki was torn apart by the Void's tendrils in front of a shocked Thor, his last words were to apologize to his brother. Thor resolved to avenge his fallen brother and destroyed the Void and the Sentry with a lightning strike. He took the Sentry's remains into outer space, and released them into the Sun.[70][71]

Reincarnation[edit]

Loki reincarnated, in Thor#617

Thor, missing his brother, searched for Loki who had returned to life in the form of a young boy; as due to his schemes his name was removed from the Book of Hell, allowing him to permanently cheat death. Now located in Paris, France, Loki was a street hustler going by the name of Serrure (the French word for lock), who feigned simple card tricks in front of an audience while an accomplice pickpocketed them. Thor, in civilian disguise, gave chase, resulting in the restoration of Loki's memory, but not of his past life with the exception of a guilty conscience for things he cannot remember. With nothing to lose, Loki followed Thor, who restored part of his identity to him (though he remained in the form of a child), and asked when precisely Thor got so old, to which Thor smiled.[72] Thor took Loki to the remains of Asgard, where plans were made to help the refugees of the World Tree.[73] With the resurrection of Odin, Loki was frightened away and fled with Thor, who lambasted Odin for scaring him away. Running into Iron Man, Loki was saved by Thor, who defended his own reasons for bringing the trickster back.[74]

Journey into Mystery[edit]

With the Asgardian population other than Thor still wary of Loki, Loki revealed to his brother that he was attempting to learn more about Earth and humans, to which Thor approves. When a magpie exploded in his quarters carrying a key, it led to a chain of events where at the end, Loki was contacted by an echo of his former incarnation, who revealed he chose to sacrifice himself fighting the Void as part of a greater plan which would involve his death and return. The child Loki refused to follow this path, wanting to be his own person, and transformed the spirit of his former self into a magpie named Ikol. On returning to Earth, he witnessed Odin striking down Thor.[75]

Odin prepared all of Asgard for an unknown battle and imprisoned Thor for attempting to protect Midgard from being scoured. Loki, who disagreed with Odin's actions, was put to work by Volstagg into cleaning the stables of Thor's goats to keep him out of trouble and danger. Using the wool of one of the goats, Loki descended into the roots of the world tree at the advice of Ikol to ask questions from the Nornish women who live there. After receiving answers, Loki wept but decided to turn to the imprisoned Thor for his opinion before making his final decision. Breaking into the prison by stealth, Loki asked his brother what he would do if he had to let something bad happen in order to prevent something worse from happening, and what if it cost him everything. With Thor's answer, Loki decided to free one of the imprisoned Hel Wolves and bind it to him in servitude using the bridle of Thor's goats, then revealing he would need help from one more 'personage' before heading for the realm of Hela.[76]

Having recovered Thor's hammer after Thor had been killed and erased from memory following the war against the Serpent, Loki was able to work with the Silver Surfer to restore the hammer to its natural state and send it to Thor in the afterlife, restoring his memory and allowing him to fight his way back into the realm of the living.[77] After Thor's return, Ikol would afterward reveal that circumstances had been manipulated to force the young Loki to allow his former personality to subsume him and live again, his former slate wiped clean by the "new" Loki's actions.[78] During his adventures, the young Loki had inadvertently helped create and was tied to a powerful artifact that was about to be used by Mephisto to conquer all the Hells and ultimately everything.[79] However, if the new Loki ceased to be, the artifact would lose all power. Seeing no other option, Loki allowed Ikol to become Loki again, ceasing to be, but warning beforehand that the Ikol personality was incapable of true change and believing this older persona would ultimately be stopped by those who always stopped him before, his brother included, imbuing him with his experiences. Horrified at what he had become and done to his former self, the new Loki breaks down, screaming "I am the crime that will not be forgiven!".[78]

Young Avengers[edit]

Kid Loki joined the Young Avengers in the 2013 relaunch of the series as part of Marvel NOW!.[80] When Wiccan and Hulkling are captured by an interdimensional parasite known as Mother, Loki comes to their aid and rescues them from the prison that they were being held in. They admit that they need help to defeat the creature, but are wary of trusting Loki, knowing who he is. They go to Asgard, and are met with Loki's father.[81] With the help of Miss America, the team flee to New York City, but are once again met by the parasite, and are captured.[82] They are saved by Kate Bishop and Noh-Varr, but they are then attacked by citizens of New York City who fall under the control of Mother as the team flies by in Noh-Var's ship. The team flees to Central Park in order to minimize the number of civilians in the area. Once there, Loki tells the group that their only choice to save themselves is to either kill Wiccan, or allow Loki to borrow Wiccan's powers for ten minutes so that he can save them. Seeing no other option, Wiccan agrees, and Loki immediately teleports away, seemingly abandoning the group to face the mob of mind-controlled New Yorkers on his own.[83]

While he originally intended to leave them to die, Loki has an internal conversation with his child self (that still exists within him) whom he killed at the end of Journey into Mystery, and is convinced to return to the team. Once there, he defeats the creature, but the team is forced to leave New York, as Wiccan's spell is still intact.[84] While the rest of the team is busy, Loki meets with Mother, revealing that he had planned everything that had happened with the parasite, working in order to gain access to Wiccan's immense power so that he can gain back the abilities he lost when he was reincarnated.[85]

The team is left in a situation where neither Wiccan nor Loki are powerful enough to fight Mother. In order to increase Loki's power, Wiccan ages Loki's body to that of a teenager, increasing his powers.[86] Now able to take on Mother, as well as Leah, who had recruited the exes of the other Young Avengers members, the group goes to Mother's dimension to stop things once and for all. In his confrontation with Leah, she taunts him for destroying his younger self.[87] Realizing that she is merely an illusion created by his own guilty conscience, Loki confesses his part in freeing Mother, as well as for killing his younger self. Now sated, the exes and Leah vanish, allowing the Young Avengers to defeat Mother. When Wiccan turns to introduce his teammate to his parents, he finds that Loki is missing, having fled the scene wracked with guilt over his actions.[88] Later, when the team throws a New Year's party, Prodigy sees Loki watching them and confronts him, only to find out that Loki supplied the money behind the party. Loki admits that if he came back, the team would probably forgive him, and therefore he will not show himself, feeling unworthy of their forgiveness. After briefly making a pass at Prodigy, Loki appears to teleport away. As the party ends and the team leaves, Loki looks on fondly at a photo of himself with the team.[89]

Agent of Asgard[edit]

In a mission for the All-Mother, Loki traveled from space to Midgard in order to collect five keys Odin had once forged for him should he be worthy. Using his sorcery and wits, Loki used the keys to claim Gram, the sword of Sigurd, as his own.[90] He also befriended a human, Verity Willis, with the power to always know if she is being lied to. She and Loki develop a great friendship, and through him she develops friendships with Sigurd and Lorelei, while Loki continues to run missions for the All-Mother. He later discovers that he is being manipulated by King Loki, his villainous and depraved future self, who is much the same as the old Loki was before his death and resurrection. While Loki fears one day becoming King Loki, he also knows that his future self is determined to make it happen.[91]

During the AXIS storyline, Loki appears as a member of Magneto's unnamed superhero group during the fight against Red Skull's Red Onslaught form.[92] A spell by Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom inadvertently causes a wave which inverts the moralities of all the heroes and villains present. With his basic morality inverted, Loki becomes romantically involved with Amora the Enchantress, although soon finds that his inverted morality is not as straightforward as for the other villains. While before Loki was devious but likeable, Verity quickly sees the new Loki is pious, priggish, and while 'good', disloyal to a fault; he betrays Lorelei and Sigurd to the returned All-Father, Odin, knowing full well that Odin will punish their small crime with a heinous overblown punishment. Later, in the final battle of AXIS, Loki fights his brother (whose morality is also inverted) on the moon, and to their surprise, Loki is able to lift Thor's hammer and beat him with it. His triumph, and feeling of great power and accomplishment, is short-lived; Scarlet Witch's second inversion wave restores Loki and Thor's original moral 'axes'. The hammer drops from Loki's hand, and the scream of the Kid Loki whom he killed is heard for miles, bellowing 'I am the crime that cannot be forgiven'. The effects of Scarlet Witch's spell are seen again later; Loki can no longer tell a lie. In a heart to heart with Thor, he finds himself compelled to admit what happened: that he, as Ikol, murdered the sweet reborn Loki and took his chance at life away. Thor, now seeing Loki not as his brother but as a murderous creature that stole his brother's shot at life, surrenders Loki to Asgard for justice at the hands of their people.[93]

After Freyja banishes Loki from Asgard, he finds himself on Earth, where King Loki and Verity are. King Loki tells Verity of the awful things Loki did during his time with the Young Avengers, and she flees, not wanting to have to deal with him anymore. King Loki then ties up his younger self and starts telling them why he has done all this. As it turns out, in King Loki's future, Loki did complete his duty as Asgard's agent, clearing all of his horrible deeds from his name. However, he was still viewed as nothing more than the God of Lies, and, being unable to take it anymore, once again became an enemy of Thor; an unknown amount of time later, King Loki destroys the Earth, leaving it a barren wasteland. King Thor confronts King Loki, Loki raising an army of skeletal Avengers, fleeing while Thor fights his undead friends. Realizing that he would never be able to defeat his brother, King Loki goes back in time to a time when Thor was at his weakest, when he lacked the power to wield Mjolnir. By moving the time-table up by only a few years, King Loki could kill Thor while still one day successfully destroying the Earth.[94]

Loki then goes into a metaphorical space, where Old Loki and Kid Loki are, telling him that he will not be able to change his story. Verity then calls him out, telling Loki that because King Loki did not recognize her, an alternate future is already unfolding. Loki now decides to change his destiny, realizing that lies are just stories, and as god of them, he can tell a new one. He then seemingly destroys himself, sending King Loki to the now changed near-future. Eight months pass, and the sky turns red as the Secret Wars is about to begin, when Verity hears a knock on her door, with Loki standing there, claiming to be the "God of Stories".[95]

Secret Wars[edit]

The "Last Days" part of the Secret Wars storyline picks up directly after the prior events with Verity being unsure if she can trust Loki now that he is a different person. Loki tells Verity that she is important in this end of the world event. Meanwhile, King Loki has set the Midgard Serpent free, and plans on using it to destroy Asgard.[96] As King Loki wages war on Asgard, killing gods and cracking jokes, the younger Loki places Verity Willis's soul in a pretty glowing bracelet to protect her from being annihilated along with her physical form when the Multiverse comes to an end. Just as it seems certain that King Loki will defeat the Asgardians, Freyja sacrificed her life to destroy Jormungandr and Odin blows the fabled Gjallarhorn (the Horn of Heroes) to resurrect the dead gods, as foretold, for their final battle. To King Loki's astonishment, Loki is alive and turns up to join the legion of deceased gods in Asgard's defence. Upon being faced with Loki and all the resurrected gods, King Loki loses his nerve and flees into the ether.[97] Loki is hailed by all as a hero. This is exactly what all previous iterations of Loki would have wanted most: attention, adoration, praise. Odin even proudly compares Loki to Thor and calls him "son", but Loki shakes off Odin's promises insisting that he's done taking "sides". Loki and Verity then survive the incursion,[98] and chase away the gods who sit above the Multiverse, who want Loki to surrender the stories of Asgard, which he is keeping in preservation. They also discover King Loki, another survivor of the incursions, and upon explaining that he understands King Loki's motivations. King Loki breaks down in tears, and Loki places his alternate self in his sceptre as a reminder of his potential to commit great evil. Loki then explains that the universe will be reborn, and invites Verity to follow him, into a new reality by creating a door labelled 'Next', although he unsure as to whether he will change again on the other side.[99]

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Following Reed Richards' interference in the multiverse's rebirth, Loki led a presidential campaign called "Vote Loki".[100]

Sorcerer Supreme[edit]

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Taking over from Dr. Stephen Strange, Loki became the Sorcerer Supreme for a short period.[101][102]

War of the Realms and the God Who Fell to Earth[edit]

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Malekith fully began The War of the Realms.[103]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Loki is a member of the race of Frost Giants of Jotunheim, although not a giant in stature. He possesses physical attributes equal to a fit member of his race, such as, enhanced strength, stamina (their Frost Giant metabolism grants him superhuman levels of physical stamina in practically all activities), speed, durability (enough to withstand high-caliber bullets without harm) and immunity to all known diseases and toxins as well as resistance to magic and aging.

Loki possesses genius-level intelligence and has extensive training in magic, and possesses the ability to manipulate magical forces for a variety of purposes: energy projection, creation of force fields, temporarily increasing his own physical capabilities, granting superhuman abilities to living beings or inanimate objects, flight, hypnosis, illusion casting and inter-dimensional teleportation.

Loki's magical abilities have been described as equal to those of Karnilla, the most skilled sorceress of Asgard.[104][105] His illusion casting can fool cities,[106] and powerful entities such as Surtur.[107] He has been able to break free of Celestial technology in the possession of Apocalypse.[108]

Loki possesses extrasensory abilities and is capable of astral projection and casting his thoughts across great distances—even across dimensional barriers, like that between Asgard and Earth—even if he is unable to move. He cannot read the minds of other beings, although he can influence their actions, and once briefly hypnotized Thor, and controlled a flock of birds. However, he could not coerce Thor to give him Mjolnir.[15] If someone has evil thoughts, Loki can influence their actions (even if they are in Asgard and the subject is on Earth),[23] and can influence other events to some degree, such as diverting a missile from its path,[109] or redirecting a radio signal.[110]

Loki is an adept shapeshifter and can change into animals (examples include transmogrification to a salmon, horse, etc.) or impersonate other people, such as Thor or Captain America. However, he does not necessarily gain the abilities of whatever or whoever he turns into, although minor natural abilities such as flight in bird form tend to work. Loki may mimic the abilities of some supernatural beings if they turn into such creatures. Loki has also turned clouds into dragons, and animated trees to attack Thor.[111] After his rebirth, his shapeshifting abilities are more limited. He explained to Lorelei that, "I can turn into anything, as long as it's me", which he demonstrates by transforming into the female Lady Loki and a lupine form.[112]

Loki has imbued himself with magical abilities that enables him to withstand injuries that would prove fatal to another Asgardian, such as being beheaded by Balder. He has also been shown to be immune to the Controller's control disk,[113] the mental influence of the Voice, and the power-sapping abilities of Rogue.[114]

Loki crafted a method of cheating death, being reincarnated upon any "death" through an arrangement with the various incarnations of Death that his name be erased from the books of Hell.[68][69]

Loki possesses a brilliant intellect, with some knowledge of technology, as illustrated by the time when he created a machine to amplify Iceman's powers,[115] and when he attached devices to the Twilight sword to tap into its powers.[116] Loki is an expert manipulator and schemer, frequently using pawns in his plans. He is sometimes armed with a sword, a whip, or a three-pronged spear and has used magical items (such as the Norn Stones[volume & issue needed]) to enhance his powers.

Other versions[edit]

Loki Triumphant[edit]

A 4-issue series simply titled Loki, where Loki has now claimed leadership of Asgard, and all must recognize that fact, even Thor. Finally winning the throne after a long-sought out fight is not as sweet as he thought it would be. The ones that helped him now demand their due and the favors he promised them, including the death goddess Hela and seductress Lorelei.[117] While he goes about his kingdom, Loki continually turns to his prisoners, Thor and Sif. Sif berates Loki for being jealous of her, and of cutting off her golden hair, only to bring about a greater love between her and Thor. While Balder reminds him that they have died and gone to Hell, and while there, he saw that there are parallel dimension incarnations of Thor, Loki, and Balder; some different, yet all play the same roles. And Loki's role is never to rule. Loki then turns to Karnilla, and agrees to free Balder into her care, in exchange for her to peer into a myriad other dimensions.[118] There Loki sees confirmation of Balder's words, all with Thor triumphant. Loki decides that Thor will indeed die at dawn by beheading. While walking out of the dungeons, he runs into Fárbauti, his birth father.[119] Loki decides to go against fate, and spare his brother as well as free him, while Hela is revealed to be a failed illusion cast by another Loki to convince him to kill their brother. Thor decides that when breaking free from his prison, he will defeat his sibling.[120]

Heroes Reborn[edit]

In the reality of Heroes Reborn, Loki set forth to return to Asgard where he finds that the Rainbow bridge is missing and, upon searching mystically, realizes that the nine worlds of Asgard are seemingly missing. He goes searching for his brother and finds him frozen in a block of ice in Norway, where he has just been discovered by archeologist Dr. Donald Blake. Loki attempts to destroy Thor then and there and finds that his magic is unable to do so. To his surprise, he found that he had been reborn in this reality. Blake showed the Avengers the frozen Thor and after they work together to free him from the ice, Loki tricked the confused Thor into battling the Avengers. Thor eventually realized his sibling's deception and watched as the Scarlet Witch banished Loki into limbo. They offered Thor a spot on the team and he accepted.[121]

Realizing this universe had no Asgard, and as such no Odin, Loki decided a larger revenge scheme was in order, and sought out Enchantress to help him in this end. He sought to take control of the Scarlet Witch and make her his pawn. In doing so, he incapacitated her teacher Agatha Harkness, trapping her essence in a tree and had the Enchantress pose as her. The Enchantress then put the Scarlet Witch under her spell. Loki meanwhile tricked the Hulk into attacking Avengers Island, causing a breach in the gamma core there; however, an assemblage of the Avengers and Fantastic Four prevented any disaster from happening.[122]

Realizing the foes that some people on this world had a unique energy that Loki could absorb (thereby absorbing their bodies), he sought out these beings and absorbed their power. While keeping the Avengers busy he absorbed the forms of Kang, Mantis, Baron Zemo, MODOK, Executioner, Wonder Man and others; he also tricked the Avengers Hawkeye and Hellcat to join his ranks, transferring Hellcat's essence into Scarlet Witch's body. Thor soon grew tired of the Avengers' morality on killing their foes and left the group, becoming easy prey for the Enchantress to enthrall him to joining Loki's side.[123]

Loki soon learned that the source of the power he was absorbing came from the gamma core on Avengers Island, which was a rift in time and space that was seemingly creating villains for the Avengers to fight. He sent his minions to attack the remaining Avengers (now teamed with the true Thor of Earth-616) while he absorbed this power. When Loki absorbed the power from the gamma core, he was given untold power and grew to gigantic proportions. When Thor and Enchantress attempted to join him, he betrayed them. Realizing this betrayal, Hawkeye, Thor, Enchantress and Hellcat go over to the heroes side and Enchantress, Agatha Harkness and Scarlet Witch pool their magical powers to turn one of the Thors into a giant replica of Odin to battle Loki while the other Avengers work to build a device that will reverse Loki's newly obtained powers. Captain America goes toe-to-toe against Loki buying the others enough time to hit Loki with their power reversal cannon and allowing Thor to strike him with his hammer. The resulting combination causes Loki to suddenly disburse into the energy that he absorbed, seemingly destroying him and ending his threat.[124]

Earth X[edit]

In the reality of Earth-9997, Loki duped Odin into transforming Thor into a woman, saying he needed to learn humility in the form of a female. He later cast a spell on the Bifrost that if Thor would return to Asgard, he would get free rein on Earth.[125] In this reality, Loki figured out that Asgardians aren't actually gods, but are instead long-lived mutants of incredible power who are mentally mind-locked by the Celestials into believing that they are immortal, never-changing gods so that they won't evolve further as mutants and potentially become a threat to their plans for Earth in the future. He tells Odin and the others of their true origin but they refuse to believe them. In order to make them see the truth, he stabs himself in the heart and is cast into Hela's realm of the dead. He then convince them to oppose the Celestials' attack on Earth, but when fighting the Celestials, they make the Asgardians think that they are nothing and already dead, all except Loki.[126]

Years later, Odin sent Thor to Earth as a champion to battle Loki, but Loki convinced Thor of Odin's manipulation over the Asgardians and the two team up to battle him.[127] After Odin was defeated and Earth was safe, Thor reverted to his form of Donald Blake and Loki transformed himself into a new Thor, and with Ransak the Reject and Ahura, son of Black Bolt, they became a new incarnation of the Avengers.[128]

Guardians of the Galaxy[edit]

In the Guardians of the Galaxy timeline (Earth-691), Loki is alive and well in the 31st Century, living on the moon. He leads an attack on Asgard with his squad of Inhuman Assassins for Composite's sonic diffusion muzzle when he is stopped by Woden Thorson, his nephew.[129] With the help of Talon and Aleta, they imprison Loki. Woden, Thor and Odin stand together to decide Loki's punishment and all three grasp Mjolnir and banish Loki and his Inhuman Assassin Squad to the Black Canyon.[130]

Marvel 2099[edit]

In the Marvel 2099 line of series, the original Asgardians were no more but the belief in them had grown into a full-fledged religion with many followers. Seeking to take advantage of this, a corporation called "Alchemax" decided to create their own Valhalla. One of the company's scientists, Jordan Boone, decided that he wanted to have powers and snuck into the program where he became Loki but still maintained his own personality. Boone (Loki) helps Doom, Krystalin, Bloodhawk, Timothy Fitzgerald and Meanstreak fight Alchemax's versions of Thor and Heimdall. After Heimdall is defeated, Loki watches as Doom defeats Thor, gloating about his plan to pit Alchemax and heroes against each other to gain enough superpower to shapeshift out of it. He transforms into a bird and flies away.[131]

When Loki is next seen, he appears as the villainous Halloween Jack after being tortured by Desdemona and her brother Lytton after they accuse him of cheating in their casino. Loki seeks revenge on them for turning him "into a monster" and with the help of Meanstreak, he heads to Las Vegas and finds Desdemona alone in her office. He attack her, revealing to her his true form (Loki) and hacks into her accounts planning to 'make Vegas fun again'.[132]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

In the alternate Marvel Zombies universe, Loki is shown dead, having been eaten by the Zombie Avengers.[133]

MC2[edit]

In the reality of Earth-982, Loki kidnaps several major superheroes including Thunderstrike (Kevin Masterson), the Stinger, Jolt, Jubilation Lee, Speedball, J2 and Mainframe after sending a fake distress call from the former Avengers mansion. He ties them up and takes them to Asgard, where he wants to use Thunderstrike's mace's powers for himself, but Kevin disrupts the spell, absorbing the mace into himself and transforming into a new Thunderstrike in the process. Loki and his army of Trolls are forced into retreat by the heroes, with help from Thor, now the King of Asgard. Thunderstrike, Stinger, J2 and Mainframe decide to stay together as the new Avengers. The adult heroes decline to stay with the reformed team because of personal reasons.[134]

Years later, Loki is bitter about the fact that he was the cause of the Avengers' formation and wants to get his revenge. They start kidnapping heroes, holding them prisoner in life-sized crystals when Captain America, J2, Thunderstrike, Spider-Girl and Wild Thing show up through a portal they found in another universe. The heroes are quickly outnumbered by Loki's robots and they vow to end The Age of Heroes.[135]

J2 and Spider-Girl escape but Captain America and Thunderstrike are chained and Loki plans to brainwash the heroes to send them back to Earth where they will become violent and turn against each so they will eventually destroy all the heroes. His plan is ruined by Thor when he shows up after figuring out why certain superheroes are acting so much differently. Together, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Spider-Girl get Loki to surrender. Captain America notices a gem hanging on Loki's neck, and smashes it with his shield. Loki was using this gem to help turn the heroes evil but once the gem is destroyed, the heroes revert to normal. A furious Loki releases a deadly blast on Captain America, killing him. Thor uses his hammer and sends Loki into Limbo forever and the Hulk decides to join him to make sure that Loki remains there. After Captain America dies, Thor uses his hammer to grant Captain America's soul immortality. His soul floats into the skies, and creates a shiny new, bright star in the sky in the form of Captain America's shield, meant to always inspire the heroes and future generations to come.[136]

In this universe, Loki has a daughter, Sylene. She seeks revenge on the Avengers especially Thor for Loki.[137]

Mutant X[edit]

In the Mutant X universe, when Loki tampered with Iceman's powers, he left Iceman unable to touch other humans without ending their lives.[138]

Old Man Logan[edit]

In this alternate reality, Loki is allegedly killed (while giant-size) when the Baxter Building is dropped on them. All that remains as proof is a giant skeleton.[139]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

Loki appears in The Ultimates 2 as the evil half-sibling of Thor.[140] The Ultimate version of Loki has the ability to "shuffle time and space", and in his first appearance, causes a ripple during Thor's conversation with Volstagg. In the restaurant, Loki is apparently in the background, which would mark his first "appearance" (he is mentioned and his powers apparently used, but they are only briefly seen).[140] Loki comes to Earth after escaping from the Room Without Doors and begins to cause havoc, especially for Thor and the United States after assisting the Liberators (multinational group of superpowered villains representing Syria, China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and France). Through his power he creates the persona for himself of "Gunnar Golmen", the head scientist of the Norwegian extension of the "European Defense Initiative", the European counterpart to The Ultimates, and turns Thor into "Thorlief", Gunnar's brother, a former mental patient who stole the technology that Gunnar created for the Initiative.[141]

Later in the story, he confronts the captive Thor and gloats that it is all just another one of his games, and informs him that there is a traitor in the ranks of the Ultimates. When Thor requests assistance from the guards, Loki is nowhere to be seen, though he appears as a snake around Thor's neck after they leave (most likely a nod to the real Loki in Norse mythology).[142] At the end of Ultimates 2 No. 9, Loki states that the reason he joined the Liberators was because "They had a Norse god on their side. It's only fair you should get one too", and that "Odin sent his son to bring the world peace. I couldn't resist the opportunity to mess that up."[143] However, he is hesitant to use his abilities overtly as he claims Odin will then be able to find them. Yet once all The Liberators are defeated, he decides to do things himself. After revealing to the Ultimates who he truly is, he rises into the air and change the color of the sky. At that moment—thanks to the Scarlet Witch 'calculating the odds' of someone showing up to defeat them—the sky opens and Thor, his brother, appears for revenge.[144]

Issue 13 shows further demonstrations of his powers by attempting to trap Thor in an illusion and withstanding a direct blow from Thor's hammer uninjured, claiming it cannot hurt him. During this battle, Thor mentions that Loki's powers have weakened for an unexplained reason. After Loki summons an army of monsters to battle the Ultimates and nearly kills Thor, the thunder god then proceeds to summon allies from Asgard while he strikes Loki with his hammer, sending him back to Asgard where Odin awaits.[145]

Loki's motivations for his actions are not completely revealed. He mentions several motivations, from a desire to cause World War III to Odin favoring Thor over him and attempting to gain Odin's favor.[146] Throughout the whole ordeal, Loki regards humans as mere playthings for his pranks. In addition to creating a Norwegian super-soldier program that was supposedly part of an EU initiative and making people believe it was real, even though Norway is not part of the European Union, he claimed to have been the one who framed Captain America for treason and murdering Hawkeye's family, regarding the failure of humans to realize the problems with these assertions as humorous.[145]

Loki is freed from his "punishment" in New Ultimates,[147] playing an integral part in the re-appearance of the Defenders, now super-powered, as well the invasion of trolls to New York with the help of Amora the Enchantress.[148] He is later revealed to be the one behind Valkyrie's powers manifesting after the invasion forces attacked America.[148] In revenge against Thor, Loki impales Valkyrie with a sword, to which she is restored by Hela as a real Valkyrie and takes vengeance on Loki, banishing him to Hel.[149] Loki and every other Asgardian, excluding Thor, were killed by the Children of Tomorrow (led by Reed Richards) when Asgard was destroyed.[150]

Ultimate Comics: Thor elaborates Loki's backstory. Loki is the child of Odin and the giantess Laufey, who procreated him as part of a peace settlement between Asgard and Jotunheim. Loki was always jealous of his older brother Thor for having been given Mjolnir and rebelled against Asgard by stealing the sacred Norn Stones (relic extensions of Odin's power) and killing their half-brother Balder with their favoured bow. Banished from Asgard, Loki (going under the disguise of Nazi supervillain Baron Zemo) waged an attack on the kingdom eons later, in 1939, with a coalition army of Frost Giants and Nazi soldiers, killing every Asgardian in sight. Loki attempted a battle with Odin, only to be forced into the Room Without Doors while Asgard was destroyed. Using the Stones, Loki is later summoned by an older Nazi, Helmut Zemo (around the time The Hulk was fighting the Ultimates in Manhattan during Ultimates vol. 1). For his loyalty, Loki kills him.[151]

Goddess of Thunder[edit]

Reality on Earth-1026, Thor has met and fallen in love with Ororo Munroe from the X-Men. Loki casts a spell on Tarene, who is insanely jealous of Ororo because she too has feelings for Thor. Maddened by Loki's spell, Tarene goes after Ororo and is killed by Thor when he steps in to protect her. With Tarene's death, her hammer goes to Ororo, making her Goddess of Thunder.[152]

Earth 3515[edit]

Thor rules over the entire Earth with Loki as his chief adviser and head of security in a 2003 storyarc of Thor volume 2. Loki now wears Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto.[153] Loki releases their secret weapon, the Destroyer with the spirit of Tarene animating it, hoping to solidify their grip on Earth forever.[154]Desak releases Tarene's spirit from the Destroyer and possesses the armor himself and attacks Thor and Loki. The siblings have words before Desak attacks again and this time kills Loki.[155]

King Loki[edit]

Throughout the Loki: Agent of Asgard series, the main villain was thought to be Loki of the past, when in reality it was revealed to be King Loki of the future, where Loki will inevitably turn evil once again.[156] This Loki came about when, after completing his duties as Asgard's agent, he was still looked down upon as the God of Lies. After not being able to take it anymore, he stabbed Thor and proceeded to destroy the Earth, killing everyone on it. King Thor comes to seek revenge, but King Loki raises the undead Avengers to attack him. Knowing he cannot defeat his brother, King Loki retreats to the past, where he plans to kill the Odinson while he cannot wield Mjolnir.[94] This future was ultimately avoided when the present Loki changes his fate, but King Loki is still at large.[95]

During the "Last Days" part of the Secret Wars storyline, King Loki devises a plan that involves traveling to Hel to free a monster that will destroy Asgard. The Asgardians later gather to witness King Loki on the back of the Midgard Serpent where they believe that this will be their end.[96] However, the real Loki appears and wards them off, just as the universe ends. As Loki is now the God of Stories, he saves a memory of the universe in the form of a story. After everything in existence is gone, Loki confronts a crying King Loki. As Loki would not be here without him, he embraces his no-longer future self. King Loki disappears, and Loki and his friend Verity await to see what the universe's next story will bring.[99]

After the timeline is restored, it was revealed that Loki was seeking All-Black the Necrosword, the first symbiote. After killing Ego the Living Planet for the weapon, Loki stabs King Thor, only to realize he himself was then stabbed by a returned Gorr.[157]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Loki appears in the "Thor" segment of The Marvel Super Heroes animated series.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animated series episode "The Vengeance of Loki", voiced by John Stephenson.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears in The Super Hero Squad Show animated series episode "Oh Brother", voiced by Ted Biaselli.[158]
  • Loki appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series, voiced by Graham McTavish.[citation needed] In the episode "Thor the Mighty", he manipulates a group of Frost Giants into attacking Asgard while Thor is on Earth, but they are all defeated by Thor while Odin banishes Loki to the Isle of Silence. After the Enchantress frees him in the episode "Masters of Evil", Loki returns in the episodes "This Hostage Earth", "The Fall of Asgard", and "A Day Unlike Any Other" to conquer Asgard and eight of the nine realms by using the Masters of Evil to invade Earth using Karnilla's Norn Stones. While the Avengers manage to destroy the stones, they accidentally transport themselves to each of the eight realms. When Thor is captured, Loki reveals he had a hand in much of the series' events, such as the Avengers and Masters of Evil's formations, and that his initial attack and exile were part of a diversion. Eventually, Loki engages the Avengers and numerous Asgardian warriors in a final showdown, but he is defeated by Ant-Man and re-banished by Odin to a swamp-like realm where he is tortured by the Midgard Serpent.
  • Loki appears in the Disney XD-produced animated Marvel shows,[159] voiced by Troy Baker.[160][161]
    • Loki appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series episodes "Field Trip", "Run Pig Run", and the two-part episode "The Avenging Spider-Man".[citation needed]
    • Loki appears in the Avengers Assemble episodes "The Doomstroyer",[162] "Valhalla Can Wait",[163] "Back to the Learning Hall", and "Spectrums". After making a minor appearance in the third season, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, he returns in a central role in the fourth season, Avengers: Secret Wars, wherein he uses the Cabal and the Casket of Ancient Winters to take control of Earth while the Avengers and the New Avengers were unavailable. He temporarily aligns himself with the two hero groups to stop the Beyonder before betraying them after stealing Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto, but he is defeated by Thor and Thunderstrike.
    • Loki appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episodes "For Asgard" and "Days of Future Smash, Part 2: Smashgard".[citation needed]
    • Loki appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy episodes "Stuck in the Metal with You", "We Are The World Tree", "Come and Gut your Love", "Asgard War Part One: Lightnin' Strikes", "Asgard War Part Two: Rescue Me", and "Symbiote War, Part 3: Thunder Road".[citation needed]
  • Loki appears in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload miniseries, voiced again by Troy Baker.[164]
  • Loki appears in the anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers,[165] voiced by Tadashi Muto in Japanese and Crispin Freeman in English.[166] In the series' pilot episode, he and his forces imprison several superheroes and supervillains in D.I.S.K.s and spends the rest of the series working to prevent the Avengers and their allies from finding and retaking them.
  • Loki appears in the animated Christmas TV special Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!, voiced again by Troy Baker.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears in the anime series Marvel Future Avengers, voiced by Tadashi Muto in Japanese and Trevor Devall in English.[166] He initially allies himself with the Masters of Evil, but after being betrayed and imprisoned by Kang the Conqueror, he defects and assists the Avengers in stopping Kang's plans.

Film[edit]

Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]

Main article: Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Tom Hiddleston portrays Loki in media set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios. Loki first appears in the live-action film Thor (2011) and reappears in the live-action films The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).[170][171][172][173][174] Hiddleston also filmed scenes for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but his scenes were omitted from the theatrical cut.[175] Though Loki is killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, alternate versions appear in Avengers: Endgame in scenes taking place during the events of Thor: The Dark World and The Avengers.

Video games[edit]

  • Loki appears as a recurring character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series:
  • Loki appears in both Marvel Super Hero Squad games, voiced again by Ted Biaselli.[citation needed]:
  • Loki appears in Thor: God of Thunder, voiced by Tom Hiddleston.[185]
  • Loki appears as a boss and unlockable playable character in the Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears as a playable character in the 2012 fighting gameMarvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears as a playable character in the 2013 action role-playing gameMarvel Heroes, voiced by Crispin Freeman (original form) and by Amy Pemberton (female form).[citation needed]
  • Loki appears as a playable character in the Lego Marvel games:
  • Loki appears as an unlockable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears as a playable character in the action-adventuresandbox video games Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes,[189] voiced by Troy Baker.[citation needed] He also appears in Disney Infinity 3.0.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears as a playable character in Marvel Contest of Champions.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears as a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight.[citation needed]
  • Loki appears in the mobile game, Marvel Avengers Academy, voiced by Tom Cassell.[190][191]
  • Loki appeared as an outfit in Fortnite Battle Royale's "Fortnite Crew" Subscription service for July 2021.[192]

Motion comics[edit]

A four-episode motion comic titled Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, based on the graphic novel, Loki by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribić, was released on March 28, 2011, on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network.[193]

Live performances[edit]

The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Loki appears in the Marvel Universe: LIVE! stage show.[194]

Collected editions[edit]

#TitleMaterial CollectedPagesPublication DateISBN
Loki Series
LokiLoki vol. 1 #1–4 104 February 9, 2005ISBN 978-0785116523
Thor and Loki Blood BrothersLoki vol. 1 #1–4; Journey Into Mystery #85, and material from Journey Into Mystery #112 (Tales of Asgard) 152 March 30, 2011ISBN 978-0785149682
Thor The Trials of LokiLoki vol. 2 #1–4 112 April 27, 2011ISBN 978-0785151654
Journey Into Mystery Series
1Journey Into Mystery: Fear ItselfJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #622–626 and material from Thor Spotlight (2011) and Fear Itself Spotlight (2011) 136 February 1, 2012ISBN 978-0785148418
2Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself – FalloutJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #626.1; #627–631 142 March 28, 2012ISBN 978-0785152620
3Journey Into Mystery: Terrorism MythJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #632–636 120 July 25, 2012ISBN 978-0785161066
Journey into Mystery/New Mutants: ExiledJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #637–638; Exiled #1 and New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43 120 November 14, 2012ISBN 978-0785165408
4Journey Into Mystery: Manchester GodsJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #639–641 104 December 5, 2012ISBN 978-0785161073
The Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery: Everything BurnsJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #642–645; The Mighty Thor #18–22 216 January 29, 2013ISBN 978-0785161684
Journey Into Mystery The Complete Collection 1 by Kieron GillenJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #622–636 and #626.1 392 March 4, 2014ISBN 978-0785185574
Journey Into Mystery The Complete Collection 2 by Kieron GillenJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #637–645; Exiled #1; New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43; The Mighty Thor #18–22 456 September 9, 2014ISBN 978-0785185741
Loki: Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen OmnibusJourney Into Mystery vol. 3 #622–645 and #626.1; Exiled #1; New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43; The Mighty Thor #18–22 752 August 15, 2017ISBN 978-1302908645
Loki: Agent of Asgard Series
1Loki Agent of Asgard: Trust MeLoki: Agent of Asgard #1–5 and material from All New Marvel Now Point One (2014) #1 120 September 2, 2014ISBN 978-0785189312
Original Sin: Thor and Loki The Tenth RealmOriginal Sin: Thor and Loki The Tenth Realm #5.1–5.5 112 November 25, 2014ISBN 978-0785191698
2Loki Agent of Asgard: I Cannot Tell a LieLoki: Agent of Asgard #6–11 136 April 22, 2015ISBN 978-0785193319
3Loki Agent of Asgard: Last DaysLoki: Agent of Asgard #12–17 136 September 23, 2015ISBN 978-0785188193
Loki: Agent of Asgard – The Complete CollectionLoki: Agent of Asgard (2014) #1-17, Original Sin (2014) #5.1-5.5 and material from All-New Marvel NOW! Point One (2014) #1 504 December 31, 2019ISBN 978-1302920739
Vote Loki Series
Vote LokiVote Loki #1–4, Journey Into Mystery #85 and material from Avengers vol. 1 #300 120 October 18, 2016ISBN 978-1302902629

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Loki

Aliases

Impersonations:
Idunn,[2]Scarlet Witch[3]
Other Aliases:
God of Mischief,[4] God of Evil,[5]Prince of Evil,[6]Prince of Lies,[7] the Son of Secrets,[citation needed] the Maker of Mischief,[citation needed] the Sly One,[citation needed] the Lord of all Liars,[8]Lie-Smith,[1]Sly-God,[1]Shape-Changer,[1]Wizard of Lies,[1] Loki Trick-Skin,[9]Tso Zhung,[10]Loren Olson,[11] the Trickster of Asgard,[citation needed]Ikol,[12]Serrure,[13]Gem-Keeper,[14] Willie Lawson,[15] Lester,[14]Tyfon,[14]Typhon,[14]Father Williams,[15] Loki The Deceiver,[7] during the 1940s and 50s he briefly called himself Satan on occasion;[16] As a shape-changer, Loki has impersonated many individuals and many other things and people on Asgard and Earth

Affiliation

Asgardians, Frost Giants, ally of the Dark Council Members

Formerly

Cabal, Lost Gods, Mighty Avengers (as Scarlet Witch), manipulator of the "Acts of Vengeance" prime movers (Dr. Doom, Magneto, Red Skull (Johann Schmidt), Mandarin, Wizard, Kingpin), former ally of Karnilla, the Enchantress, the Executioner, the Absorbing Man, Lorelei, Dormammu

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What Are Loki's Actual Powers?

By Joshua Kristian McCoy

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The God of Mischief seems to have new tricks in each appearance, some he's only used once. What is he capable of and what might he gain in the future?

Loki has pulled off incredible feats in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wielding magic, weapons and guile to achieve his mischievous ends. But over 5 films and 3 episodes of his solo series, he has demonstrated a wide array of superpowers, some iconic to his character, some only used once, but all clear demonstrations of his godhood.

The still ongoing series Loki has unveiled its hidden villain, a female version of the trickster who goes by the name Sylvie. The episode clarifies that the two variant gods have radically different backgrounds, personalities and even power sets. As the pair banters, Sylvie gives Loki a brief lesson on how to use her power, which draws attention to the powers Loki can already use and those he may gain in the future.

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The power most associated with the MCU's Loki comes straight from Norse mythology. Loki can change his form to disguise his appearance using magic. His shapeshifting can change his appearance, voice, and clothing, he can also extend the illusion to the room around him. In Thor 2: The Dark World, Loki goes on an extended physical comedy routine while walking a long hallway with his brother, taking on the form of a random guard, Thor's ally Lady Sif, and even Captain America. His disguises can last long periods, he briefly took over Asgard by taking the form of Odin and holding the throne until Thor uncovered his deceit. In most scenarios, shapeshifting seems to be the God of Mischief's go-to strategy, but it's far from his only magic power.

Loki also regularly demonstrates the ability to create illusory duplicates of himself, effortlessly generating any number of perfect copies. He has routinely used this ability to trick enemies into traps, to slip away unnoticed or to project a duplicate far away to communicate with others. This trick and his shapeshifting ability both fall under the larger umbrella of illusory magic.

Loki was trained in magic by his adoptive mother Frigga, and as the series has gone on, the list of what he can do with magic seems to have broadened. Loki can seemingly conjure illusory objects, but he can also magically transport real objects. In the most recent episode of Loki he was able to hide the TVA's handheld time travel device magically so well that Sylvie had no method of finding it. In the conclusion of the episode, he also uses something akin to telekinesis to stop a building from landing on the two of them.

Loki seems to be able to use magic on a general scale, meaning that while superheroes like Thor or Hulk have specifically enumerated powers, Loki is more comparable to Doctor Strange, who can do a wide variety of things based on his magic knowledge. Over the years, shapeshifting and illusory duplicates has given way to telekinesis, blasts of green energy, and handheld fireworks. This implies that Loki's list of skills could grow as he learns new tricks, backed up by the fact that Sylvie spends a moment of the episode teaching Loki about her gift.

Sylvie uses her magic to enchant others, taking control of their minds and bending them to her will, a dark note in the show's often comedic tone. She explains that this requires delving into the memory of her target and forging a unique fantasy to convince the target to do as she wishes. This revelation contains many interesting elements of confluence between Sylvie's power and Loki's. Loki placed a spell on Odin between the conclusion of Thor 2 and the beginning of Thor 3 which could be best described as hypnosis. Loki has also been able to access the memory of others, specifically Valkyrie, whose mind he delved into during a fist fight in Thor: Ragnarok. Sylvie's enchantment ability is powerful, but based on her description, it could be read as a combination of illusion and memory scrubbing, placing it within Loki's grasp.

Loki is best known for his magical tricks, but the most recent episode of the series gave him another chance to show off his physical power. As a Jotun, Loki is substantially stronger and more durable than any given human. He was trained by his adopted family on Asgard in combat as well as in magic. He typically favors his daggers, but he seems to be capable with a variety of weapons and magical tools. In The Avengers, Loki battles Captain America in a one-on-one fight and repeatedly gains the upper hand. Loki does not use magic to best Steve Rogers, he holds his own against one of the best martial artists in the Marvel universe with nothing but his spear and his strength. He is also extremely survivable, the classic "Puny God" scene from The Avengers drives that point home. Even though Loki was defeated by the Hulk's onslaught, a lesser man would have been destroyed by half that much punishment.

The God of Mischief has proven himself as a combatant and a magician, but his most commendable accomplishments are his imperious schemes. Loki has used trickery to place himself on the throne of Asgard twice and though both times were short lived, he was able to outwit or outmaneuver the entire kingdom two separate times. He often possesses knowledge beyond that of the highest minds in Asgard, such as his reputed ability to find portals between worlds in Thor: The Dark World. He is capable of convincing strangers to join or aid him, with or without the tools he's used in the past. There are many powers that are often attributed to Loki, but are actually the ability of magical items he's wielding at the time, such as the mind stone, Odin's Gungnir spear or the Tesseract, but he has gradually revealed more magical abilities of his own.

Loki has demonstrated all of the same powers in the comics, but he also holds a couple that fans haven't seen in the films. Loki is said to be capable of molecular rearrangement, granting power to others, and wielding the elements with magic. His magic is even more variable in the comics, as he can essentially do whatever he needs to do with a spell. Loki's magical mischief in the comics would grant him a far greater field of powers in the films. Taking the comics as an inspiration, fans may see Loki learn to turn people into animals, encase his enemies in ice, summon demons, or much more.

Loki's powers are as unique as one would expect from the God of Mischief. His power is partially inherited but partially trained. He is a magician who prefers to win through deceit, but an immense physical threat and a skilled warrior. He is considered the greatest sorcerer in all of Asgard, and he is only improving. Illusion, hypnosis, telepathy, astral projection, telekinesis, energy blasts, teleportation, and perfect shapeshifting can all be achieved with a thought. Even with all of that the God of Mischief could grow even more powerful as his story continues.

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