Classic Loki conjures Asgard & Thor holds Loki in place with his hammer in Ragnarok
When it comes to Asgardians in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
, Thor tends to get most of the attention. After all, his name does appear in multiple movie titles. Thor might be the God of Thunder, but his brother Loki
is no slouch when it comes to showing off his strength in the MCU either.
Loki isn't always shown as physically strong in the way that Thor is, but there are a lot of ways to measure strength in a character. Loki bounces back from a whole lot of strife, he has impressive magical skills, and he's also incredibly good at outsmarting his enemies to live another day. All of those traits make him incredibly strong.
10 Loki Gets Back Up After The Hulk Throws Him Around
When it comes to physical strength amongst the Avengers, the Hulk is often considered the cream of the crop in the MCU. He doesn't get into physical altercations with other Asgardians in the movies often enough for the audience to gauge just how they all react, but Loki being able to withstand blows that pulverize other species certainly says something about his durability.
It's obvious that Loki's in pain after Hulk tosses him around like a rag doll in The Avengers, but other than looking a little uncomfortable, he doesn't have any serious injuries. He gets up and is promptly turned over to SHIELD custody, still able to make quips, after the events of the fight. Hulk literally throwing him around and using him to break the floor barely phases Loki.
9 Loki Is Capable Of Fighting Thor
Thor is seen by his people as the pinnacle of heroes when he's introduced in his solo movie. It's not just his hammer that makes him capable of fighting either, though it does give him an easy way to channel lightning and thunder.
What's interesting is that the audience sees Loki hold his own against his brother in hand-to-hand combat. It's likely that Thor isn't operating at full strength when the two come to blows in The Avengers, but it doesn't change the fact that Loki is able to get the better of him and try to stab him at one point.
8 Loki's Illusions Fool Everyone
Classic Loki conjures Asgard
It's pretty well documented in the MCU that nearly no one who meets Loki trusts him. Despite so many knowing he's the God of Mischief, he's still able to pull the wool over their eyes again and again.
Loki uses his illusions for fun, to trick his brother, and to give him an edge in battle. Despite knowing his magical abilities, he's still able to fool his enemies into thinking he's somewhere he's not in battle again and again. The only one who never seems tricked by his magic is Frigga—and that's likely because she's the one who taught him everything he knows. If the audience wants an idea of just how powerful Loki can be, they need look no further than the Classic Loki variant
in the Disney+'s series spotlighting the character. He's able to create a working illusion of Asgard that runs for miles and miles during the middle of a battle.
7 Loki Allows Captain America & Iron Man To Catch Him
Loki wears his horns in The Avengers
It might appear to the casual fan that Loki is bested by mere mortals in The Avengers. Captain America, after all, gets a few hits in, and Loki immediately surrenders when Iron Man joins the fight. The truth is, he could have taken them both on, but chose not to.
It's telling that Loki surrenders immediately once there's another potential Avenger present. That's because Loki needed to get where both of them were going without creating a bigger conflict. He wanted to get to the Hulk on SHIELD's helicarrier. Loki set up the fight and prolonged it to end up exactly where he needed to be. Admittedly, in Marvel comics, Loki's never actually defeated Captain America
6 Loki Is Able To Use The Infinity Stones Without Help
loki tesseract avengers endgame
One thing the MCU shows the audience repeatedly is just how powerful Infinity Stones really are. It's difficult for a single person to withstand the power—or at least, for a single human. When the Guardians of the Galaxy use the Power Stone, they have to band together to withstand its strength. Loki doesn't have that problem.
In fact, Loki is one of the few characters to get his hands on two different Infinity Stones in the movie and is able to instinctively make use of them. He uses the Mind Stone in his staff and the Tesseract
stolen from the Avengers without needing any assistance with figuring them out, and without them harming him.
5 Loki Takes Over Asgard In The Guise Of Odin
Thor discovers Odin is Loki
Though he might be in disguise as Odin for the duration, Loki does manage to take over Asgard for a while. He successfully makes everyone (other than Thor) believe that Odin suddenly has an appreciation for the arts.
Loki might not spend his time conquering neighboring people when he pretends to be Odin, but keeping up the act all the time as the king of Asgard would be draining. He manages it nearly flawlessly.
4 Loki's Variants Survive In The Void
Loki episode 4 mid credits
In the Disney+ Loki
series, there is a Void at the end of all time where the Time Variance Authority sends the variants they find. When Loki finds himself in the Void, there are many Loki variants
still surviving in the place that should have killed them.
It's telling that the audience doesn't see any other variants surviving in the setting outside of the frog version of Thor trapped in a jar. The Lokis, despite their deep distrust of one another, manage to survive (and in some cases, thrive) in a place that has a monster made of smoke that eats everyone and everything in its path. That takes some serious survival instincts.
3 Kid Loki Kills Thor
One of the variants in the Void, and the one who has supposedly been there the longest, is the Loki who looks like a child. The classic version of Loki informs the others that the Void is Kid Loki's domain—
his home. It's also revealed in the Disney+ series that this version of Loki killed his version of Thor.
As often as Thor and Loki fight in the main MCU timeline, it doesn't seem like Loki ever genuinely wants his brother dead. It's almost like the continued conflict is a game to him. Clearly, he's capable of killing the Asgardian God of Thunder though.
2 Sif's Slap Doesn't Physically Phase Him
Lady Sif with her hair in Disney Plus Loki
When Loki is trapped in a looping memory at the TVA
, it involves a moment in which Lady Sif slaps him for cutting her hair. The slap doesn't really phase him even though he experiences it over and over again as his confinement continues.
Instead, it's Sif's words that hurt him more as she waxes on about him being alone. It's her speeches that eventually get Loki to try to apologize to the memory.
1 Loki Takes On Multiple Dark Elves Alone
Thor: The Dark World might not be the MCU audience's favorite movie, but it does give Loki some expanded screen time. He gets to fight alongside his brother despite being at odds with him in their previous MCU outing.
While the audience expects Thor to be able to take on multiple foes at once, Loki does as well. In fact, he has the presence of mind to not only take out numerous enemies, keeping up with Thor in the fight, but also to use the fight to fake his own death. He's a great multitasker.