- "Do not mistake my appetite for apathy!"
Volstagg was an Asgardian and a member of the Warriors Three. He was a good friend of Thor, Sif, and fellow members Hogun and Fandral. Alongside all his fellow warriors, he played a key role in stopping Loki from stealing the throne of Asgard. He later joined the War against the Dark Elf Malekith. However, Volstagg's long service to Asgard came to it's end upon Hela's arrival through the Bifrost Bridge, where she brutally slaughtered both Fandral and Volstagg before attempting to rule over all of Asgard.
Volstagg is a seasoned and highly respected Asgardian adventurer and a good friend of the Asgardian princes, Thor and Loki. Thor eventually got Volstagg to meet his other two friends, Hogun and Fandral. The three soon became good friends and formed the Warriors Three, protecting the people of Asgard from whatever threat came their way. Volstagg also became good friends with fellow warrior Lady Sif, who would often join them on their adventures.
War with the Frost Giants
- "“Thor, this is madness."
"Madness? What sort of madness?”"
- ―Loki and Volstagg
Volstagg attended the ceremony of Thor's coronation to support his friend, along with most of Asgard's citizens and the other members Warriors Three and Lady Sif. During the ceremony, three Frost Giants broke into Odin's Vault to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters. Luckily they are stopped and killed by The Destroyer before they could escape, however by this time they had already killed several Asgardian 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. Volstagg was the first of Thor's own friends who readily agreed to accompany him to Jotunheim to exact retribution for the Jotuns' aggression against their people.
Volstagg and the Warriors Three, together with Thor, Lady Sif, and Loki, decided to journey towards Jotunheim where Thor intended to challenge Laufey, the Jotuns' ruler, over the incident in Asgard. The team went to see Asgard's Gate-Keeper Heimdall, although Loki attempted to fool Heimdall, the wise gate-keeper told them he knew of their plan and would allow them to go so they could discover how the Frost Giants had made their way in Asgard.
Upon arriving into Jotunheim, Hogun then immediately expressed his concern that they should have never come, while Thor led them on. While Thor and Sif discussed where all their enemies were, Volstagg kept a close watch to ensure that their group were not ambushed. Eventually they found and confronted Laufey, who, revealing that he had strength in numbers and mindful of an ancient truce between the two peoples, dismissed the Asgardian group from his realm.
As Laufey warned that Asgard was full of traitors, Loki attempted to convince Thor that they were outnumbered while Volstagg readied himself for a fight. As they turned to leave however, Thor was baited by the heckling of a nearby Jotun named Hailstrum, plunging them all into mortal combat as Volstagg used his battle axe to cut down the Frost Giants as they charged into battle against them, attempting to use their vast numbers to overpower the Asgardian warriors.
During the battle, one of the Frost Giants grabbed Volstagg's onto unarmored arm, causing serious burns as Volstagg warned the other warriors not to allow the Frost Giants to touch them. As the Frost Giants' forces had begun to overwhelm them, Fandral was grievously injured in the fight as both Volstagg and Hogun had to help carry him clear, demanding that Thor escape with them as they turned and ran for their lives while Thor continued fighting the Frost Giants.
As the Warriors ran from the battle, with Volstagg carrying Fandral on his back, Laufey sent a Jotunheim Beast after them, which eventually cornered them only for Thor to come to their aid and slay the Beast. While the Frost Giants cornered them however, the Asgardians were saved by the timely arrival of Odin on Sleipnir, who intervened and tried to make peace with Laufey, only to fail as he them quickly drew them back to Asgard where they would be safe for now.
- "“If I may, beg the indulgence of your Majesty, to perhaps reconsider..."
- ―Volstagg and Loki
They used the Bifrost Bridge to return home and Volstagg carried Fandral to the healing room. As punishment for causing a second war between Asgard and Jotunheim, Odin banished Thor to Earth without his powers or hammer. While Volstagg and Fandral had their injuries treated, they discussed Thor's banishment, with Fandral noting that at least Thor was only banished and not dead while Volstagg questioned how Odin could have discovered their plans.
Just as Volstagg was questioning how the Einherjar guard had known of all their plans before telling Odin, Loki then revealed that it was he who had informed the Einherjar guard of their scheme, which was directly resulted in Thor's banishment. While Volstagg confronted him over this, Loki argued that Thor was too reckless to be their King. Once Loki had left, Sif and the Warriors Three discussed whether or not he was a spy for Laufey which had unnerved them all.
Seeking to return Thor onto Asgard, the Warriors Three and Lady Sif went to speak to Odin, however when they arrived they discovered Loki had taken the throne as his father had fallen into the Odinsleep. When they demanded to instead speak with Frigga about the matter, Loki informed them that she had refused to leave Odin's bedside and therefore demanded that they could bring their urgent matter to him, announcing himself as King and demanding they bow to him.
Accepting their new king with suspicion, they requested that he end Thor's banishment which Loki refused as he claimed to be unable to contradict his father's final orders as King, making their group more suspicious while Loki claimed that the Asgardians still needed some continuity before they were to return to War against Jotunheim. When Volstagg had tried to politely get Loki to reconsider his decision, Loki refused and ordered them to leave, much to their frustration.
Disobeying the King
Concerned over what Loki's true motivations for taking up the throne of Asgard, the Warriors Three and Lady Sif discussed what should be done next, with Volstagg then being accused by Fandral of not caring enough about their situation and having more of a focus on food. Hogun suggested that the next step would have to be to disobey their king's demands and bring Thor find Thor on Earth, despite knowing this would likely be viewed as treason by King Loki.
As they discussed this, Volstagg then warned that Heimdall might be listening to their conversation, just as an Einherjar guard entered the room and informed them that Heimdall was demanding to see them, with Volstagg nervously noting that they were doomed. Much to their surprise however, Heimdall was also apposing King Loki's rule over Asgard and therefore allowed them to use the Bifrost Bridge to go to Earth and rescue Thor, hoping to overthrow Loki as a result.
They arrived at Thor's last known location within Puente Antiguo and searched for their lost friend. As they walked through the town they attracted odd looks from the locals due to their armor and weapons. At one stage Volstagg helped a girl find her ball before knocking out two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were spying on them. Eventually they found Thor with his new friends Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis and Erik Selvig, as they all delighted to see one another again.
Although he had expressed his delight and seeing his dearest friends once again, Thor told them that they should not have come for him. When Volstagg informed Thor that they were there to take him home, Thor told him that Loki had claimed that Odin was dead, meaning that he could not return to Asgard as they had desired. However Sif revealed to Thor that his father was still alive and they realised that Loki had lied to them all, before Thor agreed to come home.
- "“Thor's going to fight with us!"
"My friends, I am just a man. I'd only get in your way or worse get one of you killed. But you can help me gain time and get everyone to safety.”"
- ―Volstagg and Thor
While they were still in Puente Antiguo, they faced an unexpected threat when Loki dispatched the Destroyer to kill Thor and all of his friends. Although Volstagg delighted in the idea that he and Thor could fight side by side once more, Thor revealed that he was powerless and could only help to get the innocent civilians of the town to safety while Sif and the Warriors Three battled the attacker.
While Thor and his friends evacuated the Humans, Volstagg attacked the Destroyer by having Hogun and Fandral throw him towards it as he swung his Axe, however he was knocked backwards into a car. While it was distracted, preparing to blast Volstagg, the Destroyer was stabbed by Sif with her double-edged sword through its throat. Volstagg was relieved to have not been destroyed, but this barely slowed the Destroyer down however and the battle continued.
They proved to be no match for the construct, and it battered them without much effort, firing its beams of pure energy at the Asgardians as they were soon separated and Volstagg ended up being thrown inside Isabel's Diner. Just as Volstagg had gotten back onto his feet however, the Destroyer caught sight of him once again and fired yet another beam of energy at him, launching Volstagg across the street and seriously injuring him as the other came to his aid.
Eventually Thor ordered them to leave, assuring them that he had a plan on how to handle the Destroyer while Volstagg was carried away by Fandral and Hogun. However instead of charging into battle, Thor calmly walked over to the Destroyer without any weapons to defend himself and spoke directly to Loki, allowing the Destroyer to kill him in exchange for it leaving the innocent people alone, Volstagg then watched helplessly as his friend died in Jane Foster's arms.
However, Thor's self-sacrifice had in fact proved him to be worthy of his former power as Mjølnir launched into his hands and restored his power back, allowing him to finally defeat The Destroyer as Volstagg and the others watched on. The team returned back to Asgard and discovered Loki had nearly killed Heimdall with the Casket of Ancient Winters, while the Warriors took Heimdall to the Healing Room, Thor went to confront his brother and remove him from the throne.
Thor and Loki battled across Asgard, 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 Lady Sif gathered together at a banquet to celebrate the return of Thor and the return to peace. Volstagg entertained the guests with the tales of his battles with the Frost Giants and the Destroyer, delighting in the reactions.
Volstagg, along with Sif and the rest of the Warriors Three, was a member of Odin's retinue when Thor brought Loki back to Asgard after trying to conquer Earth. Volstagg stood with the other members of the Warriors Three and the Einherjar as Thor gave a speech before they went to fight the Marauders. In the final battle against the Marauders in Vanaheim, Volstagg was valiantly fighting with Sif, Hogun and Fandral, until Thor arrived and, with a single blow with Mjølnir, destroyed a Kronan Marauder and ended the battle. With the battle over, the surviving Marauders were captured and taken back to the Asgardian Dungeons by the Warriors Three to await judgement.
- "“With steely courage, intrepid spirit and an axe, victory was ours!”"
Volstagg returned to Asgard to celebrate the victory with his friends and family. Alongside Fandral, Thor and Sif, Volstagg went to a local inn to drink and brought his children along, telling them of their adventure and successful victory. Once Volstagg finished his drink, he threw his glass over his shoulder and demanded another, causing everyone around him to roar with laughter. Seemingly distracted, Thor left the celebrations and said goodnight to his friends.
Return of the Dark Elves
- "“It's as if they resent being imprisoned."
"There's no pleasing some creatures.”"
- ―Fandral and Volstagg
Algrim, the lieutenant of Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves, led a prison break from the Asgardian Dungeons while the Dark Elves attacked Asgard, in order to distract the Asgardian forces and kidnap the current host of the Aether, Jane Foster. Volstagg and Fandral fought the escapees alongside the Einherjar until Thor's arrival, not realizing the escape was a distraction.
During the chaos of the battle, Odin's beloved wife Frigga was killed by the Dark Elves. Volstagg attended Frigga's funeral to show his respect to his late queen. The following day, Fandral and Volstagg informed Odin that the shields of Asgard were still not repaired and Asgard was defenseless if Malekith attacked again. Thor arrived to discuss his own battle plans with Odin in private, intending to take the battle to Malekith by bringing the Aether to him and killing him there; however, Odin refused to accept this plan and vowed to kill every Dark Elf no matter the cost.
Volstagg agreed with Thor's plan to sneak away from Asgard with Loki and Jane Foster to reach Svartalfheim. Alongside Lady Sif and Heimdall, Volstagg attended a meeting to discuss how they could get Foster out of Asgard. When Thor revealed that his attention was to use Loki's knowledge of hidden passages to transport them off Asgard, Volstagg was horrified, assuring Thor that his brother would undoubtedly betray him.
- "“If you even THINK about betraying him..."
"You'll kill me? Evidently there will be a line.”"
- ―Volstagg and Loki
Thor freed Loki from his cell; Volstagg met the pair and Jane Foster outside the crashed Dark Elf Harrow which Thor intended to use to escape. As they boarded the ship, Volstagg stopped Loki in his tracks and assured him that if he even considered betraying Thor, he would personally kill him, which did not seem to bother Loki too much as Lady Sif had already threatened him.
While Thor struggled with the controls of the ship, Volstagg fought the Einherjar in order to give Thor, Loki and Foster some time to escape. Eventually Volstagg became overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the guards and was pinned to the floor. However he was successful and laughed as Thor escaped with his companions. Although Volstagg and Sif were arrested for their treason, they were released as Thor's plan was successful, leading to the death of Malekith and the capture of the Aether.
Transfer of the Aether
After the events of the Convergence, Sif and Volstagg traveled to Knowhere to give the Aether to The Collector for safekeeping. Volstagg explained that since the Tesseract was already on Asgard, it was unwise to keep two Infinity Stones in the same place. Once they were assured that the Aether would be kept as safe as possible, they left the Collector's Museum and returned to Asgard.
Return of Hela
Following the war with the Dark Elves, Loki began impersonating Odin. One of his orders banished Heimdall from his role as guardian of the Bifrost Bridge, and Skurge was appointed to the position. After Skurge proved less than reliable, and Loki's deceit was revealed, Volstagg was appointed the new guardian.
When the Goddess of Death, Hela, returned to Asgard, she arrived at the Bifrost. Volstagg and Fandral were supervising Skurge's clean-up of the observatory. When Volstagg refused to submit to her, Hela killed him and Fandral.
Volstagg has a very bright and carefree personality, he's a loyal friend to Thor. He loves eating, drinking and celebrating. But when it comes to fighting, he can be very serious, ready to sacrifice himself at all time.
Powers and Abilities
Volstagg possesses all of the various superhuman attributes common among the Asgardians. Volstagg possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, and is extremely long-lived.
Volstagg possessed all of the various superhuman attributes common among the Asgardians, including superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, and is extremely long-lived.
- Asgardian Physiology: As an Asgardian, Volstagg has superhuman abilities.
- Superhuman Strength: Like all Asgardians, Volstagg has immense superhuman strength, more so than the average Asgardian male, but not quite on par with that of Thor. He is able to swing a heavy battleaxe with minimal effort, and hold his own against Frost Giants and Marauders, in addition to easily lifting a car..
- Superhuman Speed: Volstagg can move at high speeds. He managed to outrun a Jotunheim Beast while carrying an injured Fandral on his back.
- Superhuman Durability: Volstagg's body is much more resistant to physical harm than the body of a human being. He is capable of sustaining a punch from a Frost Giant and being smacked into a car by the Destroyer without any signs of injury. However, he was injured by a Frost Giant's freezing touch.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his body's resistance, Volstagg 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. He was able to heal from a frostbite caused by a Frost Giant within days.
- Longevity: Like all Asgardians, Volstagg ages at a rate that is much slower than that of a human being. Even though he is over one thousand years old, he still looks like a middle-aged man by Earth standards.
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Volstagg is one of Asgard's finest warriors. He is also a highly skilled axeman.
- Expert Combatant: Volstagg is one of Asgard's finest warriors with centuries of hand-to-hand combat knowledge and experience. He has fought in multiple battles against highly trained combatants such as Frost Giants, Marauders, and Einherjar with relative ease.
- Axe Mastery: Volstagg is highly skilled at using his axe in battle. He used it to kill multiple Frost Giants with relativ ease.
- Axe: In combat, Volstagg usually used a battle axe, applying his brute strength in battle.
- First Set: Volstagg’s first armor was made of a brown and gold tunic and pants. Over his chest he wore a two part metal vest. The top part had various swirling designs and the bottom was made of overlapping gold plates that made room for Volstagg’s considerable stomach. He wore simple brown boots.
- Second Set: Volstagg’s second armor was made of overlapping, bronze, plates. He wears black side-shoulder pads with gold accents. His sleeves are chainmail with leather arm-bracers at the end. He wears a chainmail and leather skirt over brown leather pants and boots.
- In Thor: The Dark World, Volstagg celebrates with his family after returning home from a battle in Vanaheim. One of the children present resembles his daughter Gunnhild.
Behind the Scenes
- Rob Mars was a stunt double for Ray Stevenson in the role of Volstagg.
- Dan D.W. McCann was a body double for Ray Stevenson in the role of Volstagg.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Thor: Ragnarok
- ↑ Thor: Ragnarok is 2 years after Avengers: Age of Ultron, 4 years after Thor: The Dark World.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Thor
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Thor (film) Deleted Scene
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Thor: The Dark World Prelude
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Thor: The Dark World
- ↑ Thor: The Dark World Mid-credits Scene