How God of War’s Thor and Loki Differ From Their Marvel Counterparts

God of War: Ragnarok is finally here, and with it comes new insight into Sony Santa Monica’s take on Norse mythology, one that differs greatly from the MCU adventures of characters like Thor and Loki.

The sprawling PS5 epic features plenty of familiar faces for fans of Marvel Studios’ Asgardian epics, with unique takes on a number of characters from across Norse mythos.

The title has received near-universal acclaim, for its adaptation of Norse mythos and its take on the end-of-the-world story of Ragnarok (something Marvel Studios touched on in the Thor movie with the same name).

So with God of War: Ragnarok in the wild, here’s a comparison of how Loki, Thor, and the other Norse stalwarts in the game differ from their Marvel Studios counterparts.

Warning – The rest of this article contains spoilers for God of War: Ragnarok.

Loki

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The God of the war The most different character from the MCU has to be Loki (aka Atreus). Loki in this digital universe diverges significantly from the Norse source material, being the son of the Greek god Kratos and his giant wife Laufey the Just instead of the adopted son of Odin and brother of Thor.

Compared to Tom Hiddleston’s big (and small) screen, God of the warLoki is almost unrecognizable. Of course, Sony Santa Monica’s version of the God of Mischief is far more heroic and noble, having been taught by his father Kratos. It’s completely different from Marvel’s Loki, who is considered a villain or an anti-hero most of the time.

Thor

God of War Thor Comparison
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by Ragnarok Thor’s version is one that might come as a bit of a shock to fans of the MCU character. The God of Thunder is portrayed as a vengeful drunkard, who – at times – is nothing more than hired muscle for his father Odin.

God of the war takes Thor and places him on the villain’s side, with a look reminiscent of a fat Thor from Avengers: Endgameif he never got back in shape during Thor: Love and Thunder. While Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor is a specimen, who stands as the thing all humans should aspire to, at least physically, God of the warThe interpretation of the character is a behemoth of a man (similar to Fat Thor), being as much a ram as a thunder-wielding god.

Odin

God of War Odin Comparison
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Odin serves as God of War: Ragnarokthe main antagonist, who will be a little different for MCU fans Thor movies. On the big screen, Anthony Hpokins’ Odin is seen as a father figure to Thor and Loki, serving as a moral compass for the couple. In the MCU, there are apparently no devious or conniving bones in Odin’s body, which there is absolutely not the case in. Ragnarok.

In the God of the war sequel, Odin is so evil. It almost has similar characteristics to the MCU on Loki. He’s paranoid, backstabbing, and willing to do anything to bring about Ragnarok (aka the end of days).

Freya/Frigga

God of War Freya Comparison
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After appearing in both God of the war (2018) and Ragnarok, it has become apparent that this is a significantly different Freya (or Frigga) from the MCU. Seen in the Thor films as a somewhat loud, soft-spoken matriarch, Freya in the God of the war the universe has much more to do.

PlayStation’s Freya is a vengeful witch who, after separating from her husband Odin, is banished to live out her days in the deep forests of Midgard. This is quite unique compared to Marvel Studios’ version of the Asgardian whose regal and generous nature grants her a role as an advisor similar to that of Odin of the silver screen.

sif

God of War Sif Comparison
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In God of the war, it’s almost as if Freya and Sif swapped characters compared to the MCU. Sif takes on that matriarchal role that Freya fills in the comics and in the movies.

While the MCU’s Sif (played by Jamie Alexander) is a fierce warrior, God of the warThe character’s outlook is much more motherly, being a wife to Thor rather than a friend on the battlefield, and remaining in Asgard to care for the children the couple have together.

heimdall

God of War Heimdall Comparison
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Like Thor and Odin, Ragnarok gives Heimdall a wicked tilt. Instead of the stoic, Bifrost-wielding portrayal made by Idris Elba in the Marvel movies, this Heimdall is pretty dastardly without Bifrost to behold.

He’s arrogant, always looking for a fight and – to be blunt – a hell of an asshole. In both mediums, Heimdall is Odin’s eyes and ears of the realm, but God of the war takes that sentiment in a much more sinister direction.

Asgard

God of War Comparison Asgard
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And to top it all off, there’s a little bonus entry: Asgard. Yes, the home of the Norse gods makes an appearance in God of War: Ragnarok and looks totally different from the iconic MCU locale. RagnarokMarvel’s version of God City does away with Marvel’s garish golden midfield, replacing it with a fairly normal-looking Nordic village.

There is no palace here with sprawling golden spiers shooting through the air. Instead, the entire estate is made of wood and stone with patches of green grass scattered around and a monolithic wall protecting it from intruders. It’s a much more grounded view of Asgard than seen in the MCU for sure.

A Norse Tale for the Ages

While Ragnarok usually signals the end, this is just the beginning, a taste of what to expect in God of War Ragnarok.

Like Marvel Studios did all those years ago, Sony Santa Monica presented its take on a familiar myth in Norse stories. Something exciting to see, hear and experience alongside these heroes and villains.

So swap that Chris (Hemsworth) for Kratos and go explore. God of War: Ragnarok is now in stores on PlayStation 4 and 5.

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