Is Loki the God of Stories? Everything He’s the God of in Marvel, Explained

Is Loki the God of Stories? Everything He’s the God of in Marvel, Explained

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Thor: Love and Thunder might’ve depicted most gods as decadent slobs who lay about doing nothing for millennia in Omnipotence City, but the MCU has long told us that the Asgardian pantheon takes its jobs and duties seriously. Even, or perhaps especially, Loki, who’s definitely lived up to its titles over the years.

Tom Hiddleston’s adoptive brother to Thor has arguably been even more attentive to his purpose as a god than his sibling, as we know Thor sometimes thinks he’s the “God of Hammers” rather than the God of Thunder. That’s impressive as Loki is actually the god of a bunch of things, once you factor in his long and storied comic book history.

In the wake of Loki season 2’s big developments, there’s been much speculation about the character becoming the God of Stories too. But what is that all about and what else is Loki the god of? Here’s your bible on everything you need to know about Loki’s deific duties.

God of Mischief

Loki on Sakaar in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
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Loki, the God of Mischief — it’s just what he is, right? Going right back to his roots in Norse mythology, Loki is a trickster god and as such is most famous for causing mischief. Honestly, leading alien invasions of New York and attempting to subjugate humanity might seem like a pretty extreme definition of mischief, but still, this title is one that has become synonymous with the Asgardian throughout his comic book history and his characterization in the MCU.

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God of Evil

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Another traditional title of Loki’s in the comics is “God of Evil,” which perfectly suited him back in the days when he was a classic conniving villain. However, in the MCU, even at his most wicked in The Avengers, Loki hasn’t been what you would call out-and-out evil so the nickname has never cropped up in live-action. This is part of a trend for Marvel adaptations to avoid the E-word across the board, like Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in Fox’s X-Men franchise and the total lack of Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil in the MCU so far.

God of Lies

Loki shows off the Space Stone/Tesseract in Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'.
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“God of Lies” is another epithet belonging to Loki in the comics. And, to be honest, it definitely suits him to a T. With his shapeshifting and tendency to produce copies of himself to confuse his enemies, Loki has always utilized lies to his own advantage. His scheme in The Avengers, for example, relied upon him convincing the heroes that he didn’t want to be captured. However, as Loki undergoes personal growth — in both the MCU and the comics — “God of Lies” starts to fit him less and less, hence his most recent title…

God of Stories

The cast of 'Loki' stand in anticipation in episode 5 of the Disney Plus series.
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Perhaps to better align the comics with the MCU version, the 2010s saw Marvel Comics reboot Loki from the ground-up, with the original villainous character choosing to reincarnate himself as a new being. This new Loki — sometimes called Ikol — sought to defy both his own past and the universe’s (not to mention his family’s) expectations for him by becoming, well, if not always a good guy then at least not an evil one. This ultimately led him to reject his legacy as the God of Lies.

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Realizing that a lie is just a story, and he was determined to rewrite his own, Loki embraced a new title and purpose: as the God of Stories. Loki season 2, episode 5 heavily indicated the MCU was finally going in this direction too when O.B./A.D. Doug started lecturing Loki on the importance of stories over science and how sometimes following story logic can save the day. By the end of the episode, Loki seemed to have realized the truth in this, declaring “I can rewrite the story.”

Fans are now convinced that embracing this new title is Loki’s true “glorious purpose,” but we shall have to see how his MCU journey continues.


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