The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced many memorable and fascinating characters, and one of the most beloved fan-favorite characters is Loki. He was first introduced as a cunning villain who eventually became an antihero who fought alongside his brother Thor on many occasions. In the MCU, Tom Hiddleston made Loki a beguiling, appealing, magnificently sarcastic, and an unpredictable character. He is one of the MCU’s most complex and popular characters, but his comic-book counterpart is actually even more complicated.
He was introduced in the comic book world in Journey into Mystery #85 which was published in 1962 (Silver Age). Over the years, viewers got to read many interesting stories revolving around the God of Mischief. Here we have compiled Loki’s 10 best storylines in the Marvel comic books.
10) When Loki Actually Turned His Brother Thor Into A Frog
The possibility of a Frog Thor appears to be a joke when it’s brought up in passing during Thor: Ragnarok. But some fans might not know that in Thor #364-366 a pretty hilarious prank was played on Thor. He was transformed into a frog and Loki casually goes off to claim the Asgardian throne for himself.
This expressed a light-hearted brotherly conflict and the storyline was flawlessly brought to life and left every single fan with a massive smile on their face, thanks to Walt Simonson.
9) Loki Was Already A Massive Villain In The Very First Avengers
Avengers #1 created by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Dick Ayers, Stan Goldberg, and Sam Rosen was a revolutionary comic book that was incredibly made. In this comic, the Avengers were brought together by the God of Mischief Loki himself, just like the movie but things played out a little differently. His plan, unlike alien invasion on New York City in The Avengers (2012), was different.
His plan was to frame Hulk for a train crash, causing problems within the group. Later, his intentions were found out by the Avengers, which lead to some of the most epic fight scenes in Marvel comics history.
8) Loki: Agent Of Asgard Was An Extremely Fun Twist On The Character
This storyline written by Al Ewing had a smart twist. Readers got to see a younger version of Loki who, surprisingly, decides to do good using his powers. After making a deal with All-Mother to become a so-called Agent of Asgard, which gave him the opportunity to erase his previous sins one at a time by solving problems.
Then he sets on a super-fun journey to right his wrongs. Something similar to this will be portrayed in the upcoming Loki series on Disney+, where he will also be acting as a secret agent, but with the Time Variance Authority instead.
7) Vote Loki Was Another Great Take On The Character, Where This Time He Becomes President
Fans got to see a very cool comic book easter egg in the recent Loki trailer which was the portrayal of President Loki. This was taken directly from the Vote Loki series created by Christopher Hastings, Langdon Foss, and Chris Chuckry. It was an unexpected event when fans saw Loki embarked on a campaign to become President of the United States. It was a very popular comic book, thanks to the amazing artwork of Langdon Foss, but was short-lived.
6) Thor & Loki Blood Brothers Was An Epic Miniseries
Every fan knows that Loki’s goal, in the movie as well as in the comics, is to claim the throne of Asgard and have all that power. Well, in Blood Brothers (created by Rob Rodi and Esad Ribic), Loki was able to complete his mission and become the king of Asgard. The story further dives into the difficulties that Loki must face after becoming the ruler of an entire realm.
5) Who Knew That Thor And Kid Loki Teaming Up Would Be So Awesome
In Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself (created by Kieron Gillen, Doug Braithwaite, Ulises Arreola, and Clayton Cowles) Asgard saw a new threat so big that only Loki could stop. Unfortunately, Thor’s version of Loki was no longer there, and he then had to turn to Kid Loki. The story had amazing action sequences and lived up to its hype. Kid Loki was the only hope, but neither Thor nor fans knew if they could trust him.
4) Another Kid Loki Storyline Is Among Fan’s Favorites
Stories starring Kid Loki got so popular that some fans liked it over the original Loki. Fans were hyped to see him setting up the Young Avengers. Style > Substance (created by Kieron Gillen and Jaimie McKelvie) introduced Loki to the Young Avengers roster, but the prominent questioned remained, can he be trusted?
Loki causes lots of problems to the team as his past comes to the full front of their adventures. The storyline was appreciated by the fans and it was fun read.
3) The Surtur Saga Shed A New Light On The God Of Mischief
We all know Loki never had a good relationship with his father Odin or his brother Thor, but he did not let this stop him from defending his homeland when it was under the threat of Surtur. Battle with Surtur was not an easy one. Alot of damage was caused during the battle. Throughtout the process, we could see Loki prioritizing himself. For instance, his father Odin exclaims “For Asgard!”, Thor shouts “For Midgard!”, and Loki yells “For myself!” which is the typical Loki fashion.
2) The Avengers Were Pitted Against The Defenders Thanks To Loki
One of the most impressive tricks that Loki can pull off is manipulation. He used this trick to create a clash between two of the biggest superhero teams in the Marvel comics, the Avengers and the Defenders. We even get to see a team-up between Loki and one of Dr. Strange’s biggest foes Dormammu in Avengers #118.
They both put their clever minds to use and pitted the two groups against each other, a fight that will never be forgotten. It featured Dark Dimension scenes, which Dormammu is helping unleash into Earth-616. Loki’s manipulation skills were once again flawlessly showcased and he was able to do exactly what he wanted.
1) The Trial Of Loki Was Yet Another Game-Changing Series
The series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa called The Trials of Loki, showcase things from Loki’s point of view. It featured a young Loki who was liked by most Asgardians as he had a good sense of humour and was able to make everyone laugh.
Things then take a dark turn, precisely when he was killed for the first time, after these events the hatred of Loki by the majority of Asgardians began. Loki’s downfall could be witnessed. It is a different type of storyline which display things from his point of view and manages to shed some light on Loki’s childhood and the reason behind his wicked intentions.