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Ymir (Marvel Comics)

Ymir
Artwork from Journey into Mystery #98
(November 1963).
Art by Jack Kirby.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceJourney into Mystery #97
(October 1963)
Created byStan Lee (Writer)
Jack Kirby (Artist)
In-story information
SpeciesIce Giant deity
Place of originNiffleheim
Team affiliationsIce Giants
PartnershipsSurtur
Notable aliasesLiving Winter
Aurgelmir
Abilities

Ymir is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963). Ymir is based on the frost giant of the same name from Norse mythology.[1][2] Ymir is a recurring antagonist of the superhero Thor.

Publication history

Ymir debuted in Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He appeared in the 2019 Giant-Man series.[3][4]

Fictional character biography

The character Ymir first appears in Journey into Mystery, and considers all other forms of life — with the exception of his kin the Frost Giants of Niffelheim — to be aberrations that must be destroyed. He was among the first Asgardian creatures to be created and spawned the Asgardian gods. The next story depicts an early battle with and subsequent imprisonment by being lured into a trap and imprisoned in a ring of magical fire by Odin, King of the Norse gods while attempting to bring eternal winter to Asgard with the other giants.[5]

Ymir is mentioned in Savage Tales in a story set in the prehistoric Hyborian Age. Barbarian hero Conan encounters his daughter, Atali, and slays two of her brutish brothers.[6]

Ymir reappears in a two-part storyline in Avengers and Doctor Strange being summoned to Earth with the fire demon Surtur by a cult called the Sons of Satannish. The pair are defeated and banished when the heroes trick the two into fighting one another due to Strange.[7] Ymir and Surtur reappear in Thor, and invade the realm of Asgard. Both characters, however, are defeated when God of Thunder Thor uses the Odinpower to banish the pair to the other-dimensional Sea of Eternal Night.[8] Ymir reappears in the publication Marvel Super-Heroes, and with the Frost and Storm Giants launches attack on Asgard. On this occasion the character and his allies are stopped by Thor and his half-brother, Vidar.[9]

Ymir appears in an issue of the limited series X-Men: First Class, which is set during the early days of the modern Marvel universe. The original X-Men encounter a group called the "Sons of the Vanir" who summon Ymir to Earth. After a brief battle, Thor uses his mystic hammer Mjolnir to return Ymir to Niffelheim.[10]

Ymir makes another return in the pages of A+X. He has fashioned a version of the Casket Of Ancient Winters and plans to freeze the world. Thor confronts him with the X-Men Bobby Drake, AKA Iceman. Bobby is powered up by this new Casket and is the deciding force in Ymir's defeat.[11]

Powers and abilities

Ymir is a large frost giant over 1,000 feet (300 m) tall with physical attributes far greater than most others.[12] He possesses superhuman strength and durability.[13] He is able to project intense and deadly cold.[14][15] Ymir can regenerate from as little as an ice particle.[16] He is also considered to be immortal.[17] Additionally, he wields an enormous icicle that functions as a club for destruction or battle.

Reception

Critical response

Marc Buxton of Den of Geek included Ymir in their "Thor 4: The Marvel Villains We Want to See" list, writing, "Ymir is one of Kirby’s most grandiose creations, a walking, angry glacier fueled by hatred of the Asgardians. The final battle between Frost Giants and Asgard is just an epic waiting to be told, and Ymir could be Thor’s greatest challenge if this conflict comes to fruition."[18]

Impact

Philip Etemesi of Screen Rant asserted, "It's largely through him that the concept of regeneration is popularized in the Golden Era of comic books. The villain gets killed many times during battles with Asgardians only for his body to regenerate."[19]

Other versions

Free Comic Book Day

An alternate version of Ymir appears in Free Comic Book Day 2009 Avengers.[20]

In other media

Television

Video games

References

  1. ^ Wilber, Robert (August 26, 2020). "Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology Gives Asgard a BLOODY Origin". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  2. ^ Smith, Tessa (June 8, 2019). "The Origin of THOR's Frost Giants is Weirder Than You Think". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  3. ^ Bacon, Thomas (June 28, 2019). "War of The Realms: Complete Reading Guide for Marvel's Epic Event". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  4. ^ Terror, Jude (February 15, 2019). "Size Will Matter in War of the Realms Spin-Off Giant-Man from Leah Williams and Marco Castiello". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  5. ^ Journey into Mystery #97-98 (Oct.-Nov. 1963)
  6. ^ Savage Tales #1 (May 1971). An adaption of the Robert E. Howard short story "The Frost-Giant's Daughter", first published in Weird Tales (1932).
  7. ^ The Avengers #61 (Feb. 1969) & Doctor Strange #177 (Feb. 1969)
  8. ^ Thor #425 (Oct. 1990)
  9. ^ Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 3 #5 (Apr. 1991)
  10. ^ X-Men: First Class #5 (Mar. 2007)
  11. ^ A+X #7 (2012)
  12. ^ Thapa, Shaurya (November 16, 2021). "Marvel Comics: 10 Most Powerful Monsters, Ranked". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  13. ^ Eckhardt, Peter (July 14, 2022). "10 Classic Thor Villains Who Have Never Been In A Marvel Movie". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  14. ^ Wooldridge, Zachary (July 2, 2022). "10 Thor Villains Who Haven't Appeared In Live Action Yet". Collider. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  15. ^ Dennett, Thomas (June 24, 2018). "Big And Bad: 20 Of The Largest Villains In Marvel Comics (Literally)". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  16. ^ Karbank, Octavio (May 21, 2018). "Godbombed: 20 Of Thor's Strongest Villains Ranked From Weakest To Most Powerful". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  17. ^ Karbank, Octavio (October 25, 2017). "15 Dangerous Supervillains That Marvel Refuses To Use". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  18. ^ Buxton, Marc (January 13, 2018). "Thor 4: The Marvel Villains We Want to See". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  19. ^ Etemesi, Philip (July 14, 2022). "Thor: Love & Thunder - 10 Things Only Comic Fans Know About The Shadow Realm". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  20. ^ Never, Chad (May 6, 2009). "Free Comic Book Day 2009 Avengers #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  21. ^ Hughes, Joseph (October 26, 2013). "'Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.': 'Hulks On Ice' [Interview]". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  22. ^ a b c d "Ymir Voices (Thor)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved January 14, 2024. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.
  23. ^ MacReady, Melody (December 28, 2022). "Every Animated Marvel Movie, Ranked According To IMDb". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  24. ^ Fahey, Mike (July 20, 2010). "The Mighty Thor Faces His Deadliest Foe Yet". Kotaku. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
  25. ^ Crawford, Dustin (March 11, 2020). "Thor: Love And Thunder - 9 Villains Christian Bale Could Play". WhatCulture. Retrieved 2023-06-24.
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