A man of three worlds who is not at home in any of them, Loki Laufeyson, the Norse god of mischief, is a master manipulator and skilled tactician. As he did in the Marvel Comics universe, Loki provides the catalyst for the formation of the superhero team in "The Avengers."
Loki's Origin Story
Loki first appeared in Issue 85 of "Journey Into Mystery" (cover date October 1962), quite early in Thor's run in the comics.
Born to Laufey, king of the frost giants in the land known as Jotunheim, Loki was an outcast because of his tiny size. As Odin led the Asgardian gods in battle against the frost giants, Loki was discovered and, upon Laufey's death, adopted by Odin.
Now living in Asgard, Loki lived in the shadow of his handsome and more popular step-brother, Thor. Not able to compete with his brother on the same level, Loki began to study the mystic arts in earnest, eventually earning a reputation for mischief and trickery. As young men, though, Loki and Thor were rather close.
The grown-up Loki, on the other hand, preferred dark magic over simple mischief. Studying under a sorcerer named Eldred, the god of mischief tried on many occasions to bring about Ragnarok, a cataclysmic event that would cause the ultimate destruction of Asgard.
Loki in the Comics
As played by actor Tom Hiddleston, the Loki seen in "Thor" and the upcoming "Avengers" movie is comparable to the more malicious Loki from the mainstream Marvel Comics universe. Using a false image of dynamite, Loki tricked the aggressive Hulk into destroying a train trestle. This led to a battle with Thor and the baptism of fire for the Avengers in the comic books.
Loki's actions also led to the birth of certain supervillains, most notably Carl "The Crusher" Creel. Transformed by magic, Creel is now known as the Absorbing Man, with the ability to absorb the properties of any substance he touches.
The mischief-maker's chief power is his command of the dark forces. Through the years, Loki has fired concussive beams from his hands and moved objects with the power of his mind. He also can use his magic to augment his own health and abilities as well as those of humans, like the aforementioned Absorbing Man.
Loki in "The Avengers," Marvel Films
2011's "Thor" introduced a Loki who helped get his more popular step-brother banished from Asgard. He allowed several frost giants from his homeland into Asgard to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters, a weapon that had belonged to his biological father, Laufey. Loki's trickery prompted Thor into declaring war on the frost giants, an action that defied Odin's plans for peace between the giants and the gods.
While Thor was banished to Earth for his rash actions, Loki took the throne as Odin was renewing his powers through the "Odinsleep." By the end of the movie, Loki was defeated and landed on Earth. Using his magic, he currently is influencing Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), a former colleague of Thor's love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
In a post-credits sequence, Selvig is commissioned by Nick Fury's (Samuel L. Jackson) S.H.I.E.L.D. organization to investigate a glowing cube. Loki subtly encourages the researcher to continue his investigation into the cube's abilities. This object, referred to as both "The Tesseract" and "Odin's Tesseract," first appeared in the comics as the Cosmic Cube, a source of unbelievable power.
Johann Schmidt, the villain known as the Red Skull, previously claimed the power as his own in the "Captain America" movie. After his defeat at the hands of Captain America, the Red Skull was transported by the power of the cube, which now is the property of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Based on the trailers and teaser footage, Loki plans to claim the Tesseract and use its power to enslave humanity. Loki and the cube serve as the catalysts for the formation of the Avengers.
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