The name “Loki” seems to be on everyone’s lips over the last month, thanks to Marvel Cinematic Universe’s generosity. The titular character of Loki is confirmed to return to the screen with the second season of the hit MCU series, but fans cannot seem to get enough. Many are wondering about the other “variants” of the God of Mischief, and they are not afraid to dive deep into the pit of madness.
Today, we’ll take a look at one of the potential depictions of Loki — tell you who Atreus is and whether he has any connection with the version we love to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Who is Atreus?
In the legendary kill-the-gods franchise, God of War, Atreus is the son of the protagonist, Kratos. The character was introduced in the God of War game in 2018, which was released to the PS4 as an exclusive.
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Over the course of the journey, we are familiarized with Atreus and his unmatched determination to prove himself in front of his god-killing father. He comes out of the shell of a scared little boy and becomes a worthy deuteragonist, helping his father in many difficult battles.
Is he Loki in God of War?
At the end of the journey, we learn about Atreus’ mother’s true identity, Faye — who had prophesized the entire journey of Kratos and Atreus. In the Jotunheim temple. She had created illustrations and murals, depicting how the boy would help his father. Interestingly, she didn’t call her son “Atreus” as she was supposed to, but chose to use the name “Lok.” Faye — short for Laufey — also dubbed Kratos’ as “Farbauti” on the Jotunheim mural, which piqued further interest.
The two names, “Laufey” and “Farbauti” are of great importance in Norse mythology, as these are the names of Loki’s original parents. Also, just as the myth, Atreus — or Loki — plays a part in Baldur’s death. In the mythology, Loki uses a mistletoe arrow, while here, in the game, Atreus’ arrow shard breaks Baldur’s curse, allowing him to die. Additionally, upon learning about his origin, Atreus immediately wishes to know about his shapeshifting powers, which is a direct reference to Loki’s shapeshifting prowess in Norse mythology.
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Finally, in the game, when the World Serpent, Jormungandr, encounters Atreus, he looks at him rather curiously, as if he knew the boy from before. In Norse mythology, Loki is the father of Jormungandr, which could be the reason why Atreus seems familiar to him. The game toys around with time travel, which makes it easier to explain the existence of Jormungandr in this timeline.
All the evidence points to the fact that Atreus in God of War is indeed Loki. The game hasn’t revealed it explicitly, of course, but the upcoming title, Ragnarok, would most definitely answer some questions. We also believe Atreus/Loki would play a major role in bringing the destruction.
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Will Loki’s “brother” Thor show up in God of War?
In the God of War (2018) game, we are not introduced to a variant of Odinson, Thor. He is a Norse god like Loki, of course, but the two are not related the way Marvel Cinematic Universe has made them out to be. Instead, in Norse mythology, Loki is Odin’s blood brother, not Thor’s. The two are not directly and have not shared the love/hate relationship we see in the Marvel movies.
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Coming back to the game: Loki himself hasn’t yet been established in God of War. So, we are a long way from even beginning to talk about Thor. Additionally, since the game is following the mythology closely, we might see Odin in all his glory before Thor pops up.
Is Atreus in the MCU?
As we’ve seen Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken quite a few liberties to stitch their magical kingdom. In it, Loki is the adopted brother of Thor, and the two have taken part in countless adventures. God of War’s Atreus, on the other hand, doesn’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’re confident that he never will. MCU already has an established and fan-favorite version of the God of Mischief, and they are unlikely to tinker with the winning formula.
Does anybody know the true origins of Loki?? According to the God of War he was Atreus, son of Kratos, but in Marvel he is the son of Laufey.. Like which is it?? pic.twitter.com/DfxyQbDBMr
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To wrap it up, Loki in the MCU does not have any connections to Atreus or Loki in God of War. Both Franchises have drawn from the Norse mythology, but Marvel has taken more liberties while God of War has tried to fly closer to the mothership.
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