Giants (Marvel Comics)
The Giants of Jotunheim (Storm Giants) make their first cover appearance. From Journey into Mystery #104
|First appearance||Journey into Mystery #100 (January 1964)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|Place of origin||Asgard|
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There are different kinds of fictional Giants appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The most popular of the Giants are the Giants of Jotunheim, a fictional race of people based on the giants of actual Norse legends.
The Frost Giants appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor (2011).
Giants of Jotunheim
The Storm giants first appeared in Journey into Mystery #100 (January 1964), and were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; ice giants and rime giants first appeared in Journey into Mystery #101 (February 1964); frost giants first appeared in Balder the Brave #1 (December 1985).
Ymir first appeared in Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963); the first Executioner first appeared in Journey into Mystery #103 (April 1964); Laufey first appeared in Journey into Mystery #112 (January 1965); these characters were all created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Utgard-Loki first appeared in Thor #272 (June 1978), and was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Fasolt and the second Fafnir first appeared in Thor #294 (April 1980), and were created by Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard, and Chic Stone. The second Hagen first appeared in Balder the Brave #2 (January 1986), and was created by Walt Simonson and Sal Buscema. Grundroth first appeared in Thor #378 (April 1987), and was created by Walt Simonson and Sal Buscema. Siggorth first appeared in Thor #381 (July 1987), and was created by Walt Simonson and Sal Buscema.
Brimer, King of Storm Giants, and Skagg the largest of the storm giants first appeared in Journey into Mystery #104 (May 1964). Nedra, Queen of the mountain giants, first appeared in Journey into Mystery #105 (June 1964). Arkin the Weak and Knorda the storm giant first appeared in Journey into Mystery #109 (October 1964). Ghan the storm giant first appeared in Journey into Mystery #113 (February 1965). Kaggor the storm giant first appeared in Thor #193 (November 1971).
Fictional race biography
Giants of Jotunheim
The Giants of Jotunheim are enormous beings that reside in the other-dimensional realm of Jotunheim, one of the Nine Realms in Asgardian cosmology. They are the traditional enemies of the gods of Asgard, with whom they have warred off and on for millennia, trying to bring eternal night to Asgard. Each of the giants can range from 20 feet to 30 feet in height.
The first of the Giants was the Ice Giant Ymir who existed before any of the Asgardians. He fought Odin but was imprisoned in a ring of flame. Many different races of Giants arose in Jotunheim including the Frost Giants, the Ice Giants, the Mountain Giants, the Rime Giants, and the Storm Giants.
- The Frost Giants are the direct descendants of Ymir and their monarch is Utgard-Loki. They are shown to look like humans except for their Neanderthal-like bodies with their skin either being gray or blue. The Giant Laufey was another monarch who died in battle against the Asgardians. In tribute to Laufey's courage, Odin adopted the giant's infant son Loki, who often attempted to overthrow Odin and became the God of Evil. Two other giants of note were Fafnir II and Fasolt (both deceased), who built Odin's palace in Valhalla in exchange for a goddess, and battled over a magic ring and treasure that was given for the goddess being released, leading to the death of Fasolt. Fafnir became a dragon but was later killed by Odin's grandson Siegfried. Skurge the Executioner is another famous giant who went from being a villain to hero. Skagg was once released by Loki, but defeated and re-imprisoned by Odin, Thor and Balder.
- The Ice Giants are giants who are made of ice. This is the kind that is associated with Ymir. The Ice Giants are the oldest living beings in the Nine Realms and also the ancestors of the Frost Giants.
- The Mountain Giants have also frequently battled with the Asgardians during their history. The Mountain Giants were once led into a trap when Odin seemingly banished Thor from Asgard.
- The Rime Giants are a race of primal Giants who are the descendants of Ymir. Most of them had drowned when Ymir was killed. Some of them survived and resided in Jotunheim where they became ancestors to the Frost Giants.
- The Storm Giants dwell in the mountainous regions of Jotunheim. They have frequently battled with the Asgardians during their history. One of their number, Skagg, was imprisoned in a ring of flame by Odin. He was released with Surtur by Loki and attacked Earth, where Odin was. However he was defeated by Odin despite Loki trying to renew him.
- The Rock Giants are mentioned to be a race of rock-skinned Giants. At one point, Grey Gargoyle posed as a Rock Giant where he used a petrified Thor to get into Asgard so that he can rob its treasure.
- The Wind Giants are Giants that live in the Land of the Wind Giants somewhere far from Varinheim and Ringsfjord. Two Wind Giants witness the sign that Odin's Tournament of Titans is going to begin.
- The Lard Giants are said to eat humans.
- The Shadow Giants are said to possess wings.
- The Brine Giants are said to use smashed ships to build their shanties.
Giants of Olympus
The Giants of Olympus are based on the Giants of Greek Mythology. As in the Greek myths, Gaea fertilized them from the blood of Uranus. Following the defeat of the Titans, Gaea sought for a way to make the Giants immortal like the Olympians. To keep Gaea from finding a solution to this, Zeus withheld Helios, Eos, and Selene from the night sky so that Gaea wouldn't find it. The Giants were prophesied by the female Titan Themis to be indestructible and could not be killed by a god or an immortal. Zeus obtained the help of his son Hercules to help fight them. Each of the Giants were killed in the similar way as in the actual Greek mythology.
In recent years, a blind Giant named Zeno and a one-armed giant named Callias encountered Hulk near the entrance to Tartarus where they held a meal to honor their brethren that are imprisoned there. They shared their meal with Hulk until it was interrupted by an attack from Ares. This attack ended up causing Hulk to attack Mount Olympus upon Hulk being convinced by Zeno and Callias that the Olympian Gods were his enemies. Callias and Zeno rallied the Giants into breaking the seal on Tartarus which ended up freeing Cronus. Cronus, Callias, and Zeno then stormed Mount Olympus only to end up fighting Hulk and Hercules. Hercules managed to slay Callias and Zeno before resealing Tartarus after throwing Cronus back into Tartarus.
Some years later, Hulk was invited to Mount Olympus as a guest of the Olympians. He and Hercules later took a path where they ended up fighting some Giants.
During The Asgard/Shi'ar War, the Shi'ar's version of the Giants were spawned from the dust of the Shi'ar Gods Sharra and K'ythri in their Challenge of the Gods that the Shi'ar Gods did on the Asgardian Gods. The Shi'ar Giants fought against the female Thor. She tried to stop them from committing indiscriminate murders in which in failing to create life, she lost that round to the Shi'ar Gods.
Known Frost Giants of Jotunheim
- Fafnir –
- Farbauti - The wife of Laufey.
- Fasolt –
- Laufey –
- Snarr - A Frost Giant that was sent by Loki to claim the Space Gem. He was killed by a revived Wolverine.
- Utgard-Loki –
Known Ice Giants of Jotunheim
- Alistro - An Ice Giant wizard.
- Mroht - An Ice Giant that was sent to recapture an amnesiac Enchantress.
- Pyllar - An Ice Giant who freed an amnesiac Enchantress.
- Snagg - The Lord of the Ice Giants that tried to take Asgard from the Rock Trolls.
- Tarook - An Ice Giant who accompanied Snagg in his attack on Asgard.
- Thnat - An Ice Giant who was once tricked by a younger Thor and Loki.
- Ymir – The first of the Ice Giants.
Known Mountain Giants of Jotunheim
- Knorda – The Queen of the Mountain Giants.
- Oggmunder Dragglevadd Vinnsuvius XVII - A Mountain Giant archer who was sent as their emissary for the League of Realms. He was killed by Malekith the Accursed.
- Titanya Vaetilda Vinnsuvius - A blue-skinned Mountain Giant archer who joined the League of Realms when they acted independently from the Congress of Worlds.
Known Rime Giants of Jotunheim
- Bergelmir – The grandson of Ymir who was among the Rime Giants that survived the flood caused by Ymir's death.
- Glump – A Rime Giant and the brother of Kai-Ra.
- Kai-Ra – A green-skinned Rime Giant and the brother of Glump.
Known Storm Giants of Jotunheim
- Brimer –
- Ghan –
- Executioner – The son of an unnamed Storm Giant and an unnamed Skornheim Goddess making him a half-giant.
- Grondar –
- Hrungnir –
- Kagger –
- Nedra –
- Ogre –
- Skagg –
- Skoll –
Known Giants of Olympus
- Agrius –
- Alcyoneus –
- Callias – A one-armed giant that is exclusive to Marvel Comics.
- Enceladus –
- Eurymedon –
- Eurytus –
- Gration –
- Mimas –
- Pallas –
- Polybotes –
- Porphyrion –
- Zeno – A blind giant with a swarm of snakes for legs that is exclusive to Marvel Comics.
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Frost Giants appear once again as Loki's henchmen in Ultimate Comics: Thor. One of the more prominent ones is named Mammoth, who is Loki's half-brother.
In other media
- The Ice Giants appeared in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. In the episode "The Vengeance of Loki", Iceman escapes Asgard's Sea of Flame and Surtur with the Ice Queen Zerona and helps her reclaim her throne from Ymir in exchange for information regarding Thor's whereabouts. Despite loving Iceman, she allows him to leave so that ice can find Thor and help to defeat Loki.
- The Frost Giants appear in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by JB Blanc and Fred Tatasciore. In the episode "Thor the Mighty", Loki convinces them that the Asgardians will attack them causing the Frost Giants to attack Asgard when Odin is on the verge of his Odinsleep. Thor defeats them all. During World War II, the Red Skull summoned Asgardian creatures to Earth and began summoning a Frost Giant, but was stopped by Captain America and Bucky Barnes. In the episode "The Fall of Asgard", the Frost Giants, allied with Loki, fight Giant Man (protecting the Wasp) until Sif saved them.
- The Frost Giants appear in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series, voiced by Troy Baker. In season one's "Field Trip", a Frost Giant attacks a museum and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trainees fight it until Thor defeats it. When they go to Asgard, they find out that the Frost Giants and Loki have taken over. Using the weapons forged by Eitri, Spider-Man's team and Thor managed to defeat the Frost Giants. Frost Giants appear in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. In the episode "The Avenging Spider-Man", the creatures were used along with Ulik and his fellow Trolls, some Ice Dragons, and Fenris Wolf by Loki as hosts of the new mass-produced Venom symbiote (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson). They go on a rampage in Manhattan until they are defeated by both the Avengers and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trainees led by Spider-Man.
- The Frost Giants appear in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Hulks on Ice." Laufey leads the Frost Giants in a plot to take over Earth which also involved freeing Ymir.
- The Frost Giants appear in a few scenes in the direct-to-video animated film Hulk Vs, during the "Hulk vs. Thor" segment.
- The Frost Giants appear in the film Thor, and their king Laufey is played by Colm Feore. This version of the Frost Giants stand between 8 and 10 ft., have blue skin, and their eyes are red. Aside from their superhuman physical attributes, they are also capable of creating weapons from ice, such as sheathing their arms in ice shaped like blades or clubs. They fought a war with Asgard centuries ago in which they lost the Casket of Ancient Winters. As a result of losing the Casket, Jotunheim is a desolate wasteland. When Thor travels to Jotunheim, he violates a treaty by attacking the Frost Giants following some infiltrators sneaking into Asgard. Loki, when he is made ruler during the Odinsleep, agrees to help Laufey assassinate Odin. When Laufey enters Odin's chamber however, Loki betrays and kills Laufey. He then tries to destroy Jotunheim, but is stopped by Thor who destroys the Bifrost.
- The Frost Giants appear in the film Thor: Tales of Asgard, with Geirmarr voiced by Michael Dobson and King Thrym voiced by John Novak.
- The Frost Giants appear as enemies in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. They appear in the Niffleheim level when the heroes arrive to look for Odin before Doctor Doom gets to him.
- The Frost Giants appear as enemies in Thor: God of Thunder.
- The Frost Giants appear as enemies in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, including Jotun Aufeis, Jotun Berserkers, Jotun Chieftains, Jotun Hoarfrosts, Jotun Ice-Crafters, Jotun Ice-Smiths, Jotun Rimefrosts, and Jotun Warriors.
- The Frost Giants appear as enemies and as playable characters in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, is also a playable character.
- The Frost Giants appear as enemies in Disney Infinity 2.0 and Disney Infinity 3.0. In the “Avengers” Playset, Loki launches a Frost Giant invasion on Manhattan.
- Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, is a playable character in Lego Marvel’s Avengers.
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