Frigga
Frigga.jpg
Frigga.
Art by Greg Tocchini.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceJourney into Mystery #92 (May 1963)
Created byStan Lee (Writer)
Robert Bernstein
Joe Sinnott
In-story information
Full nameFreyja Freyrdottir
SpeciesAsgardian
Place of originAsgard
Team affiliationsAsgard
Notable aliasesFrig
Freyja
Freya
Fricka

Frigga (sometimes called Freyja[1]) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character appears in particular in those featuring the superhero Thor, who is Frigga's son. Based on both Frigg and Freyja of Norse mythology, she was created by writers Stan Lee and Robert Bernstein and artist Joe Sinnott, and first appeared in Journey into Mystery #92 (May 1963).

Rene Russo portrayed the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Publication history

Frigga first appeared in Journey into Mystery #92 (May 1963), and was adapted from mythology by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein and Joe Sinnott.

The character subsequently appeared in Thor Annual #10 (1982), Thor #344 (June 1984), Marvel Graphic Novel #15 - The Raven Banner (1985), Journey into Mystery #504-505 (Dec. 1996-Jan. 1997), #512-513 (Sept.–Oct. 1997), Thor #26 (Aug. 2000), Loki #3 (Jan. 2004), and Thor: Son of Asgard #7&9 (Aug. 2004-Oct. 2004).

Frigga appeared as part of the "Asgardians" entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #1.

Fictional character biography

An Asgardian, she is both Queen of Asgard, and the Asgardian gods, the wife of Odin, the step-mother of Thor, the biological mother of Balder, and the adoptive mother of Loki. She is also sometimes described to be a Vanir goddess, as opposed to her husband, who is of the Aesir tribe.[2] She is also the one responsible for casting the spells on Balder to protect him from mortal harm. When Surtur the fire demon threatens all the known realms, Frigga is assigned the guardianship of the children of Asgard. They retreat to a hostel deep in the wintry wilderness of Asgard. Though Frigga does not know it, she is assisted in her guarding by Tiwaz, the great-grandfather of Thor.[3] After Odin and Surtur vanish at the end of the battle, Frigga organizes an 'Althing', where all of Asgard will choose a new ruler.[4] The result is that Balder is chosen as the new ruler.[volume & issue needed]

In addition, Frigga had supervised the location and training of the apprentices to the Celestials, the Young Gods.[volume & issue needed] Because of the events of Ragnarok, Frigga is believed to have suffered the same fate as the rest of the Asgardians.[5][6]

After Thor recreates Asgard and restores the Asgardians following Ragnarok, it is revealed that she is actually the mother of Balder.[7]

During the "War of the Realms" storyline, Frigga is seen fighting against Malekith's assassins which attracts the attention of Spider-Man. Spider-Man helps defeat most of Malekith's assassins, while Frigga is slightly annoyed by Spider-Man's talking. Sif and her Valkyries meet up with Frigga as most of the Asgardians live on Earth as refugees. As Laufey appears and is about to eat Frigga, Loki arrives and saves his adopted mother.[8] As the superheroes and Asgardians fight the forces of Malekith, Frigga is struggling in her fight against the Queen of Angels. Frigga later makes Jane Foster the All-Mother of Asgard.[9] While resting their injuries, Frigga asks Captain America to assemble a group to help get Thor back. Frigga then leads a team consisting of Blade impersonating a Dark Elf, She-Hulk impersonating a Rock Troll, Ghost Rider posing as a Fire Goblin, and Punisher impersonating a Dark Elf to Svartalheim in order to destroy the Dark Bifrost Bridge. Frigga's group is met with Dark Elves and Punisher opens fire on them. Frigga's group arrives at the Dark Bifrost Bridge, but Frigga realized that the Bifrost Bridge has been destroyed and changes plans in protecting the Dark Bifrost.[10] Frigga grabs the sword that houses the Black Bifrost Bridge, and barely managed to retain her humanity. She sends Punisher to the Light Elves, She-Hulk to Nidavellir (Home of the Dwarves), Blade to Vanaheim (home of the Vanir Gods), and Ghost Rider to Niffleheim (the Land of the Dead) to recruit more allies. Frigga hears that Valkyrie is dead, Captain Marvel and the Agents of Atlas are fighting Fire Goblins in China, the Venom symbiote is being tortured by Malekith, Thor is recuperating, and Laufey is at the ruins of the Statue of Liberty swatting fighter jets. Frigga is busy fighting off the endless hordes when Malekith throws the Venom symbiote as a spear at Frigga's stomach. Before he could kill her, Odin arrives in his new armor and buys time for Frigga to destroy the Black Bifrost Bridge where its blast seemingly kills them both while defeating Malekith's forces.[11] The two of them survived and are held captive by Malekith at Stonehenge.[12] Frigga states to Malekith that he should flee while he still can as Malekith plans to cause the death of Thor. Odin tells Frigga to pray to Thor.[13]

In other media

Rene Russo as Frigga in the Marvel Studios film, Thor.
Rene Russo as Frigga in the Marvel Studios film, Thor.

Television

Film

Frigga appears in live-action films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Rene Russo. This version is portrayed as Thor's biological mother.

Motion comics

Frigga appears in the motion comic Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, voiced by Deborah Jane McKinley.[19]

References

  1. ^ Thor vol. 5 #16 (Oct. 2019)
  2. ^ The Mighty Thor #18
  3. ^ Thor #341-348 (Mar.-Oct. 1984). Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Thor #364 (Sept. 1985). Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Thor vol. 2 #85 (Dec. 2004). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Frigga is not specifically depicted during the battle in the comic. It is stated in the comic that the "Asgardians embraced a singular, inevitable death"
  7. ^ Thor vol. 3 #10 (July 2008). Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ War of the Realms #1. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ War of the Realms #2. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ War of the Realms #3. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ War of the Realms #4. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ War of the Realms #5. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ War of the Realms #6. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ "Downgraded". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 11. February 15, 2015. Disney XD.
  15. ^ Graser, Marc (2009-12-16). "Rene Russo joins cast of 'Thor'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
  16. ^ "Thor's Chris Hemsworth: "He's Huge," Gushes Costar". 22 March 2011.
  17. ^ Hood, Cooper (April 27, 2019). "Every Character In Avengers: Endgame". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  18. ^ Russo, Anthony; Russo, Joe (Directors) (2019). Avengers: Endgame (Motion picture). Marvel Studios.
  19. ^ "Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers Premieres March 28". marvel.com. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-03-11.