Within the comics, Balder the Courageous shouldn’t be solely a well-known Asgardian warrior, straight from Norse mythology, but additionally the half-brother of Thor (through Marvel Fandom). When he was younger, it was foretold that Balder’s dying would mark the start of Ragnarok, aka the top of Asgard, so Odin labored along with his spouse Frigga to make Balder virtually invulnerable. Nevertheless, the character was left with one weak spot, which made him mortally susceptible to mistletoe. That vulnerability would later be exploited by loads of nefarious Marvel comics villains, together with the god of mischief himself — and Balder’s adopted sibling — Loki.
As of but, Balder has but to seem within the MCU. Within the comics, although, Balder has assumed quite a lot of totally different roles over the many years. At sure factors he has taken over for Odin and Thor because the Lord of Asgard, whereas at different instances, he has died and turn into the King of Hel. However it doesn’t matter what his place throughout the multiverse has been, Balder the Courageous has (kind of) all the time remained on the facet of fine. After all, none of that actually issues in “MODOK,” which kills off Balder in shockingly bloody vogue simply moments after introducing him.
Given his backstory although, Balder’s fast dying in “MODOK,” through thrown workplace equipment, feels very very similar to a cheeky and meta nod to the character’s shut relationship with dying within the comics.