- "Whoever you are, whatever you've done, surrender now or we will show you no mercy."
"Whoever I am? Did you listen to a word I said?"
"This is your last warning!"
- ―Hogun and Hela
Hogun was a highly respected Asgardian warrior, an ally as well as friend of Thor, and a member of the Warriors Three, known for his stern demeanour. Alongside all his fellow warriors, Hogun took part in a poorly considered strike against all the Frost Giants, which had soon resulted in King Odin deciding to directly punish Thor by banishing him to the Earth without his powers. When Loki then took the throne of Asgard during Thor's banishment, Hogun and his allies played a key role saving Thor from the Destroyer before bringing him back to Asgard where he successfully stopped Loki from stealing the throne of Asgard and restoring the peace.
Once they had finally quelled the Marauders rebellion during the Battle of Vanaheim, Hogun was given the chance to return to his people and live in peace, only to briefly witness Thor's continued battle against Malekith and the Dark Elves. Hogun returned to service to Asgard and lead the entire armies of the Einherjar during their final stand against Hela, following the slaughter of Volstagg and Fandral. Hogun continued to show his strength against Hela even after seeing his army destroyed, until Hela slaughtered him and attempted to rule over all of Asgard and the Nine Realms.
Following Thor's Leadership
- "Hogun, who led you into the glorious of battles?"
- ―Thor and Hogun
Hogun is a Vanir who spent much of his time with Asgardians. Because of this, he was treated as one and decided to live among them. He later joined the Warriors Three with his friends Fandral and Volstagg. He also became good friends with the Asgardian princes Thor and Loki, as well as the Asgardian warrior Lady Sif.
War with Frost Giants
Hogun joined the other members of the Warriors Three, along with Lady Sif and Loki at royal coronation of Thor to support their long time friend as he finally became the new King of Asgard following the retirement of the current king Odin who would be passing the power onto his son. Entering the Asgardian Palace where the ceremony would be held, Hogun placed one of his many hidden blades into his armor as he prepared to take his place for the ceremony.
Hogun then joined the other Warriors with Lady Sif as they awaited Thor's arrival. While waiting, Volstagg complained about still being hungry, which Fandral teased him about, with Volstagg then jokingly threatening to hit Fandral as a result of all his mockery. Hogun then remained silent while Fandral continued to tease him by insisting that Hogun consider smiling at least once for the event while Sif had then challenged him to keep his mouth shut during the ceremony.
However the ceremony was suddenly interrupted when the Frost Giants infiltrated Odin's Vault to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters. They were stopped and killed by The Destroyer but not before killing several guards, as a result of the attack, Odin decided not to retaliate against King Laufey or make Thor King of Asgard yet. Thor became so enraged by the interruption and his failure to become king that he stormed into the dinning hall and overthrew a table.
The Warriors Three and Sif came in to discover the destruction and found Loki trying to comfort his brother. Thor recommended that they attack the Frost Giants in revenge for the their invasion and discover how they had gotten into Asgard, reminding each of his friends of their many adventures together. Hogun and the rest of the Warriors readily agreed to accompany him to Jotunheim to exact retribution for the Jotuns' aggression against their own people.
Attack on Jotunheim
- "We should not be here."
- ―Hogun and Thor
Hogun joined all the rest of the Warriors Three as they journeyed on horseback to the Bifrost Bridge and were stopped by Heimdall, who revealed that he knew of their intentions and would allow them to go past as he sought answers as to how Laufey's army of the Frost Giants were able to access Asgard, as he was instructed to tell nobody where they had gone until they had returned. While Hogun and the others prepared to travel to Jotunheim, Heimdall warned them that if their return threatened Asgard, they would be left behind.
The warriors then journeyed from Heimdall's Observatory all the way to Jotunheim, finding it to be a cold wasteland due to the last great battle fought there, as Hogun warned that they should not be there. Upon arriving in the centre of the realm, Thor challenged Laufey, the Frost Giants' ruler, over the incident in Asgard. Laufey, revealing that he had strength in numbers and mindful of an ancient truce between the two peoples, dismissed the Asgardians from his realm.
Hogun watched all this exchange unfolding, as Laufey warned that Asgard had many traitors, with Hogun focusing on the Frost Giants that were surrounding them. Eventually Loki convinced Thor that they were outnumbered, but as they turned to leave, Thor was baited by the heckling of a nearby Frost Giant, plunging them all into combat. With Hogun drawing Hridgandr and began furiously fighting against all of Laufey's attacking forces along with his own allies.
During the fight, Hogun saved Lady Sif went she was knocked to the floor before Fandral was grievously injured in the fight and Hogun had to help carry him clear. Having fled from the Jotunheim Beast that Laufey sent after them, Hogun witnessed Thor killing the beast before they were cornered by Laufey's forces. The Asgardians were saved by the timely arrival of Odin on Sleipnir, who intervened and quickly drew them from Jotunheim back to Asgard in time.
They used the Bifrost Bridge to return home as Hogun and Volstagg carried the wounded Fandral to the healing room, leaving Thor alone with Odin. As punishment for causing this second war between Asgard and Jotunheim, Odin banished Thor to Earth without his powers or hammer. As the Warriors recovered from their battle wounds, they discussed how Odin could have discovered their plans.
Eventually Loki had revealed it was he who had informed a Einherjar guard of their scheme, resulting in Thor's banishment, arguing that Thor's actions had proven he was too reckless to become King and ignored their pleas for him to speak to Odin. Once he had left, Hogun suggested that a master of Magic like Loki could have been the one who had allowed the Frost Giants into Asgard, they then discussed whether or not he could perhaps be a spy or a traitor.
Seeking to return Thor to Asgard, the Warriors Three and Lady Sif went to speak to Odin, however when they arrived they discovered that Loki had taken the throne as his father had unexpectedly fallen into the Odinsleep. Still suspicious of their new king, they requested that he end Thor's banishment which Loki refused as he claimed to be unable to contradict his father's orders. As Volstagg tried to get Loki to reconsider his decision, Loki ordered them to leave.
Disobeying the King
Concerned over the motives of Loki claiming the throne of Asgard, the Warriors Three and Lady Sif discussed what they should do next. With tensions rising, Fandral accusing Volstagg of not caring enough and having a focus on food leading to the standoff. Hogun suggested that their next step had to be to disobey Loki and bring Thor find Thor on Earth.
As they discussed this in more detail, they were suddenly interrupted as a Einherjar guard arrived and informed them all that Heimdall was demanding to see them, with Volstagg expressing his nervousness over what this meant. Arriving at Heimdall's Observatory, Hogun then listened as Heimdall confronted them all over considering betraying their King before Heimdall revealed that he agreed allowed them to use the Bifrost Bridge to go to Earth and bring back Thor.
Going through the Bifrost, they soon arrived at Thor's last known location within Puente Antiguo and searched for their friend. As they walked through the town they attracted many strange looks from the locals due to their armor and weapons, with Hogun still carrying his own Hridgandr. Eventually they had managed found Thor with all of his new friends Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis and Erik Selvig, delighted to see one another again, the friends all hugged together.
When Volstagg informed Thor that they were there to take him home, Thor told him that Loki had claimed that Odin was dead and as the result Frigga had insisted that Thor could no longer return to Asgard in order to maintain the new peace between Asgard and Jotunheim. Confused by this statement, Lady Sif then revealed that Loki had lied and Odin was still alive, just in the Odinsleep, so Thor then agreed to come home in order to confront Loki over these deceptions.
However, while they were inside Puente Antiguo, the group faced an unexpected threat as Loki dispatched the Destroyer to kill Thor and his friends to ensure that all his deceptions were not revealed. Thor informed them that he was powerless and could only help to get the innocent civilians to safety while Sif and the Warriors Three battled the attacker.
As the Destroyer got closer and destroyed everything in it's path with its powerful energy beams, Hogun and Fandral joined forces as they then threw Volstagg at the Destroyer and while it was distracted, Sif stabbed the Destroyer through its throat, seemingly killing it. Before Hogun and the others could relax however, the Destroyer revealed it was unaffected by the attack and their battle continued as it turned it's entire body around and came close to killing Lady Sif.
Due to this attack barely slowing the Destroyer down the battle still continued, as Hogun and the other members of the Warriors Three were forced to fall back. They soon proved to be no match for the construct, and it battered them without much effort, forcing Hogun and Fandral to rescue the injured Volstagg when he took a direct hit from an energy blast which destroyed the cafe he was in. Eventually Thor ordered them to leave, assuring them that he had a plan.
Instead Thor spoke directly to Loki and had offered the Destroyer the chance to kill him in exchange for it leaving all of the innocent lives alone. Although the Destroyer seemed to walk away, it then suddenly turned and hit Thor, fatally wounding him as Hogun then watched on helplessly as his friend died in Jane Foster's arms. However Thor's sacrifice restored his power as Mjølnir returned to his own hand and allowed him to defeat The Destroyer while Hogun watched on.
Having left agent Phil Coulson to deal with all of the aftermath of the conflict, they then returned to the sight where they had arrived, only to discover that Heimdall was now not opening the Bifrost Bridge for them. Eventually Heimdall had answered their calls as Hogun and the others returned to Asgard and soon discovered Loki had nearly killed Heimdall with the Casket of Ancient Winters, while all of the Warriors took Heimdall to the Healing Room, Thor went to confront Loki.
Thor and Loki then battled across Asgard as Loki was attempting to destroy all of Jotunheim, leading to the destruction of the Bifrost Bridge and Loki's apparent death when he fell into a black hole. With Odin having awoken from his Odinsleep and reclaimed the throne of Asgard, the Warriors Three and Sif gathered together at a banquet to celebrate the return of Thor. Volstagg entertained the guests with the tales of his battles with the Frost Giants and the Destroyer.
Remaining with his People
- "Do we have a plan here?"
"Stand and fight!"
- ―Fandral and Hogun
Hogun stood with the other members of the Warriors Three as Thor gave a speech before they went to fight the Marauders. Hogun was with Sif and the other members of the Warriors Three fighting Marauders on Vanaheim when Thor arrived and, with a single blow with Mjølnir, destroyed a Kronan Marauder, causing the Marauders to surrender and ending the battle.
With peace restored to the Nine Realms and the surviving Marauders being taken to the Asgardian Dungeons to await their punishment, Thor recommended that he and Hogun part ways so Hogun could stay with his people as they needed him to help rebuild their homeworld after the destructive battle. Happy to be spending time with his family, Hogun shook Thor's hand and thanked him for the gesture. Thor then left Vanaheim and returned home while Hogun stayed with his people.
During the events of the Second Dark Elf Conflict in which Malekith attempted to use the Convergence to destroy the universe while Thor and the rest of the Warriors Three attempted to stop him, two jets flew through a Wormhole from London into Vanaheim. Hogun watched as they flew through the sky and a missile exploded in a near-by forest. Shortly after this battle Thor successfully killed the leader of the Dark Elves and restored peace to the Nine Realms once again.
Last Line of Defence
When the Goddess of Death, Hela was freed from her imprisonment and returned to Asgard once again, her first action was to seemingly kill Thor and Loki, before arrived through the Bifrost Bridge and then proceeded to slaughter both Volstagg and Fandral. With his dear friends and fellow members of the Warriors Three now dead, Hogun commanded the armies of the Einherjar in facing Hela.
Seeing the armies standing against her, Hela appeared unintimidated by their forces and had instead explained to the whole army who she was, telling Hogun that she was in fact Odin's first born child and the one true ruler of the Nine Realms. Hogun however refused to submit to Hela's rule and attacked, resulting in him being beaten down and knocked unconscious. Hela then went on to brutally slaughter the entire assembled Einherjar amry in just a matter of moments.
Despite witnessing the entire Asgardian army being cut down by the sheer power of Hela, Hogun still returned to his feet and challenged the Goddess of Death. With Hela stood beside Skurge who had fallen in line with her in order to save his own life, Hela mocked Hogun who armed himself with Hridgandr and prepared to fight and die with his honour to avenge his friends. However before Hogun could put up a fight, Hela created a blade that impaled and killed Hogun.
Hogun is a serious and silent warrior, who seldom speaks and rarely smiles. Because of his recognized wisdom, his counsel is appreciated by those closest to him. He is a loyal friend and a precious ally on the battlefield, always ready to cover his teammates during a fight, as he demonstrated saving Sif's life during the battle with the Frost Giants, despite being under attack himself.
Powers and Abilities
- Asgardian Physiology: As an Asgardian, Hogun possesses all of the various superhuman attributes that are common among the Asgardians. Hogun possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, and is extremely long-lived.
- Superhuman Strength: Like all Asgardians, Hogun has superhuman strength, more so than the average Asgardian male, but not quite on par with that of Thor. Hogun has strength much greater than that of a human being. He was able to throw the incredibly heavy Volstagg with relative ease.
- Superhuman Speed: Hogun is faster than that of a human, fighting multiple Frost Giants in seconds and being able to sprint away from a Jotunheim Beast.
- Superhuman Durabilty: Hogun's body is much more resistant to physical harm than the body of a human being. Hogun can withstand much more injuries than that of a human. He was able to withstand exposure to the extreme temperatures and pressures of Jotunheim.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his body's resistance, Hogun can be injured like any other Asgardian. However, his metabolism enables him to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue with greater speed and efficiency than a human being is capable of.
- Longevity: Like all Asgardians, Hogun ages at a rate that is much slower than that of a human being. Hogun is over a thousand years old, but he looks like a middle-aged man by Earth standards.
- Expert Combatant: Hogun has centuries of hand-to-hand combat training. He could fight many Frost Giants with ease.
- Mace Mastery: Hogun has centuries of training for mace-wielding, which he used while fighting Frost Giants.
- Hridgandr: Hogun's weapon of choice is a mace.
- First Set: Hogun wore a dark blue jumpsuit with a hood. Over that, he wore a black and silver metal vest. His sleeves and waist were covered in silver studs. He wore minimalistic arm-bracers with a knife-sheath. Hogun also wore silver boots that were black with gold fronts.
- Second Set: Hogun’s second armor was similar to that of a samurai's. It was dark blue plates with silver accents. His also wore a three part warrior skirt that was also blue with silver accents. Hogun also wore a heavy, dark blue cloak.
Video Game Only
- In the comics, Hogun was not an Asgardian, but because he spent so much time with them he was treated as one. In Thor: The Dark World Prelude, this was mentioned, stating that he is of the Vanir.
- In Thor, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent calls him Jackie Chan because of his Asian appearance.
Behind the Scenes
- Ilram Choi, Robert Ryu, Rashid Phoenix and Darvin Dela Cruz were stunt doubles for Tadanobu Asano in the role of Hogun.
- Robert Ryu was a stand-in for Tadanobu Asano in the role of Hogun.