STURM and DRANG
Real Name: Sturm and Drang
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgardian) Frost Giants (see comments)
Occupation: Warriors, hunter-gatherers
Group Membership: None
Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell) helped argue their plight to Thor
Enemies: Asgardians, Balder, Odin, Thialfi, Hogun, Thor,
Known Relatives: Fenris (mother), Surtur (father);
Sturm and Drang are brothers;
Hoarfen (half-sibling); Iceworm (cousin);
Loki (maternal grandfather), Angerboda (maternal grandmother, deceased);
Hela (maternal aunt), Midgard Serpent (maternal uncle);
Echidna (maternal great-grandmother), Vārcolac (maternal great-grandfather);
Laufey (maternal great-grandfather, deceased), Farbauti (maternal great-grandmother);
Chthon (maternal great-great-"grandfather" (creator of Varcolac));
Phorcys (maternal great-great-grandfather), Ceto (maternal great-great-grandmother);
Set (maternal great-great-great-grandfather);
Pontus (maternal great-great-great grandfather), Gaea (maternal great-great-great grandfather);
extended step-family through Loki, including Odin (maternal great-grandfather, deceased), Frigga (maternal great-grandmother); Balder, Hermod, Thor, Tyr, Vidar (maternal great-uncles);
Aliases: Storm and Drive (or Urge, or Stress) are the English words for Sturm und Drang
Base of Operations:
First Appearance: Captain Marvel IV#7 (May, 2013)
Powers/Abilities: Sturm and Drang are immensely strong (presumably Class 100) and durable, and they were immune to aging and perhaps conventional disease. They may have been able to survive in space unaided (or Geni may have protected Sturm). Sturm carries a large spiked club, and Drang wielded a large flaming sword. It was stated that they were so powerful that a war between them and the Asgardians would have destroyed Asgard, but they didn't demonstrate abilities beyond those stated above. They got more powerful with age.
They had sharp teeth, horns, and cloven hooves.
Height: Unrevealed, perhaps 50' tall
Weight: Unrevealed, perhaps 86 tons (assuming they would be heavier than human and around 300 lbs. at 6' tall)
Eyes: (Drang) solid yellow (no visible pupil); (Sturm) solid red (no visible pupil)
Hair: Brown (including beards and body hair); Sturm was bald
(Captain Marvel IV#7 (fb) - BTS / Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb) - BTS) <According to legend; and then, as backed up by the cosmically aware Genis-Vell and not contradicted by the Odinpower-wielding Thor> - The "great slavering bitch known Fenris Wolf was in heat and lay with Surtur the fire demon" and Sturm and Drang were the result of that union.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb)) - Before the time of Asgard, when there was just land, pure and unsullied, it was populated just by Sturm and Drang, simple creatures of the wild.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb)) - Eventually, a group of relatively -- to Sturm and Drang -- little newcomers known as the Aesir showed up. At their forefront was a very young god, Woden (allegedly then the alias for Odin), who was eager to prove himself. Woden explained that his people wished to build a city there, and -- since the giants had so much land here, far more than they could possibly use -- asked if they would allow this. Woden assured them if they agreed that his people would live in harmony, guarantee them a homeland always, and offer them tribute; however, he also told them if they refused, they would shy away from war if it was necessary.
Sturm and Drang were amused by the tiny creatures and figured their city couldn't take up that much room; since they weren't interested in war, tributes sounded far preferable, so they made a bargain with Woden.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb)) - Sturm and Drang watched, impressed, as the Aesir swiftly built their city, the spires of which almost brushed the sky.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb) - BTS) - As time passed and more and more gods arrived in Asgard, Odin became busy with things, such as mortals.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb)) - As gods continued to arrive, this new generation didn't care about deals that Odin had made. They simply wished to expand their land, which they considered theirs by divine right. The fierce and untamed Asgardians of the time assaulted Sturm and Drang, who fled.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb) - BTS) - Still attempting to solidify his power, Odin -- instead of interceding in the Aesir's persecution of the Storm Giants -- found it more politically expedient to remain silent and allow the Storm Giants to fend for themselves; he told himself that he could always make it up to the giants as they were immortal.
Over time, this injustice diminished in importance to Odin and eventually became his secret shame.
(Captain Marvel IV#7 (fb) - BTS) <As related second or third-hand by Thor> - Asgardian legend related that Odin and the hosts of then-young Asgard battled the Storm Giants and drove them far, far away...so far it was thought they were forever gone (see comments).
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb)) - Sturm and Drang fled, forced out of the land they'd agreed to share, into the icy mountains.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb) - BTS) - Neither their father, Surtur, nor their mother, Fenris Wolf, did anything to help Sturm and Drang. They both apparently felt that a life spent in banishment and harsh conditions would mold their offspring into the sort of fierce monstrosities that two such horrific parents could take pride in.
(Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb)) - Sturm and Drang evolved into powerful and monstrous forms, but they nonetheless feared Odin's power, and so they kept their distance from Asgard.
(Captain Marvel IV#7 (fb) - BTS) - One night after having drunken heavily, Volstagg spoke of Sturm and Drang, much to Odin's displeasure.
(Thor II#40 (fb) - BTS / Captain Marvel IV#7 (fb) - BTS / Captain Marvel IV#8 (fb) - BTS) - With the apparent passing of Odin, his power transferred to Thor. Apparently sensing this, Sturm and Drang decided now was the time for their return.
(Captain Marvel IV#7 (fb) - BTS) - Heimdall observed the approach of Sturm and Drang, and he informed Balder; however, Heimdall somehow (he suspected a powerful ensorcelment) lost track of their location.
(Captain Marvel IV#7 - BTS) - Balder informed Thor of Heimdall's report, after which Thor told Thialfi what he knew of the two Storm Giants.
(Captain Marvel IV#7) - With Heimdall incapacitated by Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell, who had come to Asgard to investigate what it meant to be a god), Sturm and Drang arrived in Asgard while Genis battled the Asgardians. Impressed with Genis as he blasted Thor, Sturm complimented him on his insolence and told him Drang and he would eat him last.
(Captain Marvel IV#8) - Holding Captain Marvel in his hand, Sturm told him as he had been fighting the Odin-spawn, he could either be Drang and his ally or their lunch. Genis asked if Sturm could fly, and when he said he couldn't, Genis flew into space, taking the giant with him.
Meanwhile, Thor ordered Drang to leave or face the wrath of Asgard assembled, responding that this was the reason he and Sturm had come in the first place, and he then attacked them, striking the ground with his flaming sword and toppling many of the gods with the shockwave.
With Stum his helpless captive, Genis then used his cosmic awareness to learn of Sturm and Drang's past history with the Asgardians. When Drang hurled a boulder at the gods and called them betrayers of pledges, Thor was briefly curious of what he meant, but dimissed the thought and then struck Drang in the back with his hammer. Genis then returned with Sturm, and he flattened Drang with a blow of his club after Drang refused Sturm's instruction to wait and let Genis reveal what he learned; and, when Drang got back up a few minutes later, Sturm clobbered him again.
Genis then shared the true history of Sturm and Drang. Despite this, Thor was prepared to lead the gods against the giants, and the giants were more than happy to meet them in battle, but Genis then gave everyone present a vision of how a battle of these forces would destroy all of Asgard. Sobered by this vision, Thor agreed to give the giants as much territory as was theirs to give, honoring Odin's original intent and assuring them that the two giants would never want for anything.
However, when Drang insisted on fighting and yelled, "Kill you! Kill--" Genis then shot him through the head, killing him. Genis then told Sturm that the upside of this was that there was now twice as much space for him.
Comments: Created by Peter David and Kyle Hotz.
Sturm and Drang are named for the 1776 play by Frierich Maximilian von
Klinger "Sturm und Drang." Unlike Wagner's Ring trilogy, this didn't
have anything to do with
Asgardian/Norse mythology; it was about the culture at the time, with
emphasis on extremes of emotion and on individuality over the
prevailing rationalism. Beyond the play, Sturm und Drang was a movement
in Germanic art and literature at the time. Google it for more details.
Peter David just had a play at it, as they made good names for Norse-sounding giants.
The chronology of Asgard is somewhat inconsistent...But Buri was the
first of the Asgardian gods and was succeeded by his
son Bor, who established the kingdom of Asgard. Bor was eventually
succeeded by his son Odin. So, when Asgard was first started, it
wouldn't have been Odin that made a deal with Sturm and Drang as Asgard
was being built...it would have been Bor.
However, some other sources claim that Asgard was made by Odin, Vili, and Ve after they had made Midgard (Earth) from the bones of Ymir and then established Asgard above Midgard.
Maybe Odin made a deal when Bor was in power and then the other Asgardians neglected his pact...and when Odin came into power, he planned to make things right, but never got around to it.
I guess it could be a matter of the repeating cycle of death and rebirth (Ragnarok) for the Asgardians, and maybe the cycle doesn't restart back with Buri or even Bor, but around the time of Odin's reign of power.
I was always under the impression Fenris Wolf was
masculine. Obviously we have plenty of examples of gods either being
androgynous or changes sexes, and I think this must be one of those cases:
They were described in #7 as the first and the worst Storm Giants, against whom all others were pale shadows in comparison. I would ASSume that the information Thor relates in Captain Marvel#7 is somewhat off, at it is just the legend that had been kept in secrets and related by a drunken Volstagg. Thus, I would speculate that Odin wasn't involved in driving Sturm and Drang off, and while they might have been the first of the Storm Giants, they weren't necessarily the worst originally (though they could have become the most powerful over time).
Although Sturm and Drang were described as the first Storm Giants, I'm not sure they are directly related to the other Storm Giants, who are descended from Ymir.
Profile by Snood.
Sturm and Drang should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Captain Marvel IV#7, last page, standing over Captain Marvel
#8, pg. 2, panel 3 (Genis flying Sturm into the air);
pg. 3, panel 3 (Drang striking sword agains the ground);
pg. 14, panel 1 (youth);
pg. 15, panel 2 (fleeing);
pg. 22, panel 4 (Drang's death)
Captain Marvel IV#7-8 (May-June, 2013) - Peter David (writer), Kyle Hotz (penciler), Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 02/26/15
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