So the gauntlet has been laid down: Loki will be challenging Thor for godlike supremacy in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Marvel adaptation. Following a casting announcement that pits Tom Hiddleston’s Loki against Chris Hemsworth’s unconfirmed Thor, we list four enemies of the Norse god that would have given him an equal run for his money.
Ragnarok is a cyborg clone of Thor. Created by Tony Stark from one of Thor’s hair strands (it’s a long story), Ragnarok soon became a real Frankenstein’s monster. He carries all the same powers and capabilities of Thor and isn’t afraid to use these against anyone who stands in his way.
The Absorbing Man
Carl ‘Crusher’ Creel, in his human form, is a pretty nifty boxer with a bad temper. Give him a few sips of Loki’s Asgardian potion, and he turns into the dangerous Absorbing Man. Able to transform into any surface/substance that he touches, the Absorbing Man is a rampaging enemy that is a constant thorn in Thor’s side.
Formally known as demolitions expert Dirk Garthwaite, a chance meeting with Loki saw this masked renegade swinging an enchanted crowbar to devastating effect. Along with superhuman strength and agility, The Wrecker also acts as big boss to the aptly titled Wrecking Crew.
The Destroyer is a formidable suit of armour that was forged by Odin himself. Although this suit is fairly useless without a sapient being wearing it, the ability to wield unrivalled strength and invulnerability has proved too tempting for many. This metal-clad foe has come close to killing Thor on many occasions.