War of the Realms (2019) Summary:
Featuring action-packed extras including a Cover Gallery, Script, Inked And Color Pages and Character Designs! THE WORLD AT WAR! Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor’s beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won’t even be there to see it. All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion — and the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe watch as the Earth falls!
WHAT IS THE WAR OF THE REALMS?
“War of the Realms is this big, big Marvel universe story involving all the heroes from the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, the whole line. It spins out of Jason Aaron’s run on THOR but it’s still very much a Marvel universe event. Malekith, the King of the Dark Elves, has been out there conquering the Ten Realms, and Earth, aka Midgard, is the last one. So War of the Realms is about Malekith and the Dark Elves, Frost Giants, Fire Goblins coming to Earth, and the heroes having to try to fight them off.
WHAT ARE THE TEN REALMS?
In the Marvel Universe, the Ten Realms are Alfheim, Asgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Nidavellir, Svartalfheim, Niffleheim, Muspelheim, Midgard (Earth), and Heven.
For long-time Marvel fans, Heven is not a realm in traditional Asgardian Norse mythology – however, Moss explained that in recent years, Heven was revealed to be one of the Ten Realms once upon a time.
“Heven was one of the realms just like all the other nine and they were at war with Asgard. Odin and Freya had a baby daughter that the angels seemingly killed in the course of the battle. Odin was so upset over them killing his baby girl that he uprooted the entire realm and banished it, ripped it out of the world tree and erased it from everyone’s memory. We only just recently did a story where we found out that there was Heven and the true history behind it. That’s when Angela was introduced into the Marvel Universe, and we found out that she was Thor’s sister. That baby girl, turns out, didn’t die after all.”
And if you guessed that this version of Heven is nothing like the serene, peaceful paradise the name invokes, you’re right. Heven’s angels are more like mercenaries. Moss: “They’re pretty ruthless. They’ve got wings but they’ve got big laser swords.”
They’re also part of Malekith’s assault. “The queen of the angels,” says Moss, “is one of his generals and they mess things up real good.”
WHERE DO THE TEN REALMS STAND AS OF RIGHT NOW?
At this point all but Midgard have fallen to Malekith’s forces, with Niffleheim holding on.
Malekith is no stranger to the Marvel Universe – and he will be the main antagonist in the War of the Realms.