Marvel’s War of the Realms Has a Violent Debut

Malekith isn’t playing around.

Marvel’s War of the Realms crossover has begun, and already some major characters have fallen to Malekith’s armies.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for War of the Realms #1!

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Having completed his conquest of the other nine realms of the World Tree, the Dark Elf Malekith has turned his attention toward Midgard and his pesky superheroes. But as the invasion of Earth begins, Malekith kicks off the festivities by targeting Thor and his family for murder.

While the god of thunder escapes Malekith’s wrath for now, his father isn’t so lucky. The lonely, grieving Odin is the first to fall as Dark Elf assassins kill him in the abandoned halls of Asgard.

Art by Russell Dauterman. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

Art by Russell Dauterman. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

Fortunately, Thor’s mother Freyja is spared by the timely intervention of Spider-Man. And when Laufey and his Frost Giants arrive to finish the job, Loki cuts off his father’s oversized hand in defense of his family. Unfortunately, because Loki literally stabbed Freyja in the back when last they met (he had his reasons), no one is particularly thrilled to see the god of mischief in New York City.

To prove his loyalty to his family and to Asgard, Loki allows himself to be captured and eaten by Laufey.

Art by Russell Dauterman. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

Art by Russell Dauterman. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

That’s two major Asgardians down in just the first chapter of this six-issue crossover. Though at this point it’s probably a good idea to take any of Loki’s deaths with a grain of salt. Who’s to say being eaten alive isn’t part of some larger plan?

How many more gods will fall before Malekith’s armies are stopped? We’ll find out as War of the realms continues to unfold between now and the end of June.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.

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