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Odin (Character)
from Thor (2011)

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Odin is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Journey into Mystery #86 (Nov. 1962) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Based on the being of the same name from Norse mythology, Odin is the son of Bor (father, one of the first Asgardians) and Bestla (mother, a frost giantess). Bor and Bestla also have two other sons, Vili and Ve. With the aid of his brothers, a young Odin battles and defeats the fire demon Surtur. Many millennia later, Odin would reveal the origin of his powers and the eventual fate of his brothers. Odin becomes ruler of Asgard, and eventually falls in love with Gaea, in time becoming the father of the Thunder God ch0036546. Odin is also the adoptive father of Loki, a child of Giant blood whose father Laufey is killed by Odin in battle. Despite Odin's best intentions, his sons become bitter enemies, with the feuding often requiring Odin's mediation.

Thor's preoccupation with Midgard (the Asgardian term for Earth) is a constant annoyance for Odin, who as punishment has disempowered his son on at least three occasions. Thor's acceptance of the sanctions along with his willingness to atone for his transgressions, not to mention his continued noble intentions and bravery, however, eventually convince the All-Father to relent and thereby restore Thor's original powers and identity

As ruler and protector of the Asgardian people, Odin has been involved in a number of crises that have threatened Asgard and, on occasion, Earth. Notable examples included stopping Loki, the Storm Giant Skagg, and Surtur (with the aid of Thor and Balder defeating the Absorbing Man after he absorbs almost all of Asgard; banishing the monster Mangog sacrificing his right eye to Mimir for the wisdom to stop Ragnark (Twilight of the Gods); attempting to stop the Celestials in the armor of the Destroyer; engaging inter-dimensional tyrant Dormammu in a "cosmic chess" match as champions of Master Order and Lord Chaos respectively, and preventing Surtur from lighting the Sword of Doom.

Odin has also died three times in defense of Asgard. On the first occasion, Odin is killed by Mangog, although he is later revived by the goddess of Death Hela. On the second occasion, the Celestials shred the Destroyer, which at the time holds the life force of Odin and all Asgardians with the exception of Thor. Thor, however, collects a portion of godly energy from each pantheon and uses it to revive Odin, who in turn resurrects the Asgardians.

The final occasion involves a massive battle against arch-foe Surtur on Earth, with Odin apparently dying once and for all, as the Odin Force - the source of Odin's power - migrates to his son, Thor. As Thor eventually destroys the Loom of Fates and stops Asgard from perpetuating Ragnarok - which ends the entire Norse pantheon and Asgard itself - Thor believes Odin may be dead permanently

When Thor returns from hibernation in space, he begins to find the lost Asgardians, and although successfully restoring them all, does not attempt to find his father. During the Odinsleep, Thor has a vision in which he discovers that on a subconscious level he does not do so as he wishes to be free of his father. Also during his Odinsleep, Thor does find Odin in a limbo between life and death, where every day he does battle with Surtur to prevent the demon from reentering the world. Odin declines Thor's offer of taking his place, and states that Thor must continue to lead the Asgardians, while Odin continues to exist in a state he describes as approximating the Asgardian equivalent of heaven in order to prevent Surtur from reentering the world.

Powers and abilities

As King of the Norse Gods, Odin possesses superhuman strength; durability and courtesy of the Golden Apples of Idunn, a greatly extended lifepsan. Odin is capable of manipulating the Odin Force - a source of magical energy - for a number of purposes, including energy projection; creation of ilusions and force fields; levitation; molecular manipulation and teleportation. The character has also used the Odinpower for greater feats such as transporting the entire human race to an alternate dimension; compressing the population of an entire planet into a single being, the Mangog and taking a soul away from the arch-demon Mephisto.

In battle Odin carries the magical spear Gungnir ("The Spear of Heaven"), an artifact made of the metal uru, that can be used to channel the Odinforce. Once a year during the Asgardian winter Odin must undertake the Odinsleep for 24 hours to regenerate (and is closely guarded as he is vulnerable during this period).

Odin is also a master tactician and schemer, and has prevented Ragnarok, and planned for centuries for the coming of the Celestial Fourth Host. The character also on occasion uses the eight-legged steed Sleipnirthe and the enchanted ship Skipbladnir, which can navigate the "sea of space" and be shrunk to the size of a toy.

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