Exploring the Asgardian Light Elves of She-Hulk


She-Hulk gave us a bunch of fun stories and great characters. One such storyline in the third episode involved an Asgardian light elf called Runa. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the Dark Elves who were an integral part of Thor: The Dark World and were led by Malekith. But light elves are a new addition to the MCU. So let’s explore who these light elves are and what their powers are.

Who are these Asgardian light elves?

Light Elves in Marvel

The light elves actually belonged to the kingdom of Alfheim, which is one of the nine kingdoms. When Odin and his firstborn Hela conquered the Nine Realms with their massive armies, Alfheim also fell under their attack. Thus, the light elves found themselves under Asgardian rule.

Light elves are mostly happy, peaceful creatures who possess very few weapons. They have pointy ears and can look like humans while others seem more alien. They are often described as more beautiful than even the sun. Light elves also have their own language in which they speak. These light elves have the ability to shapeshift. They also have superhuman speed, strength, stamina, and durability. Most light elves are extremely skilled archers. However, this breed has a significant and singular weakness, and that is that it is vulnerable to iron. It doesn’t really help them given the frequency of the iron.

Role of Runa in She-Hulk

Runa pretends to be the judge in She-Hulk

In the third episode, She-Hulk was summoned to Holliway’s office in this episode for a new case. It turns out that Dennis is his client. He was the misogynistic and sexist employee that Jen had in the district attorney’s office. Pug, another attorney from the Superhuman branch, takes on the case. Basically, Dennis’ ex-girlfriend scammed him out of $175,000. You might be wondering why this case is in the Superhuman Law section. In fact, Megan Thee Stallion was an Asgardian light elf who courted him from the start.

After Dennis took his leave of GLK and H, it seemed like he came back and changed his mind telling Pug he wanted to drop the case. He claimed it was his fault and that deep down he always knew she wasn’t the real Megan Thee Stallion. If that sounds weird to you, then you’re right. To no one’s surprise, it wasn’t actually Dennis. It was Runa, the light elf posing as Dennis. While leaving Pug’s office, she also dressed up as Pug and pretended to harass women in the workplace in order to teach him a lesson.

Runa at court in episode 3 of She-Hulk

The Future of Runa and the Light Elves

The case is taken up by Pug and is heard in court. The defense requests that all charges be dismissed, but it is dismissed. However, it seems that the judge will return shortly and dismiss the case due to unexpected evidence. It turns out that Runa, the light elf, was merely acting as a judge while simultaneously getting involved. The dispute was finally resolved when Jen testified on Dennis’ behalf and essentially called him an authorized bastard. Dennis received his entire loss as compensation, and Runa received a 60-day jail term for acting as a judge. Their ability to assume the identities of others is certainly a trait that can be explored further in the MCU, especially since Marvel will soon have a major project involving the shape-shifting Kree race in Secret Invasion.

Also, here’s a fun fact about Runa. In Marvel comics, Runa is not a light elf at all. Instead, she is one of the original Valkyries. Although she cannot shapeshift, she is a fierce warrior.


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