Hercules, a name you've probably heard of many times before. This time, we're not talking about Disney's underrated 1998 Hercules, or even the Dwayne Johnson's version of Hercules - today, we're going to take a deep dive into the latest hero that will soon join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That's correct, another godly superhero (or antagonist) is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe shortly, to join the ranks of Thor, Loki, and others.
We see Russell Crowe as Zeus appearing in a fantastic post-credits scene in Thor: Love and Thunder, hoping that he may instill fear of the Gods in humanity once more. As we close to Hercules, we see Brett Goldstein - more commonly known for his role as Roy Kent as part of the Ted Lasso cast, which won him an Emmy Award.
This is already fantastic news for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for those who do not know about this hero, you may be wondering how he fits into the larger scheme of things and what his story is all about. Fear not, as today, we will distill a few key facts you should know about this new character, before he inevitably reappears.
Hercules Is Based On Greek Mythology
Hercules in Marvel Comics is quite similar to the Hercules we know of from Greek mythology. He is also known as a demi-god (half human, half god, as several characters in Percy Jackson).
Hercules has discovered the capacity to become a full-on god after being poisoned, and was brought back to life thanks to his father, giving him the strength and immortality that Olympian gods had. This was the moment when Hercules truly became a hero.
Hercules, From The Comics, Is A Part Of The Avengers
Everybody in Marvel Comics has been a part of the Avengers at some point or another, and Hercules is no exception. Oftentimes in the comics, Hercules is a member of the famous team, and has played an important role in huge story arcs, such as Civil War, where he was actually a part of Captain Americas Secret Avengers, and World War Hulk.
Im not sure what this implies for Hercules in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's iconic group. At the moment, two of the Avengers are dead, Captain America has retired in his old age, and the other three have been having their own solo adventures. However, we might still see him with the team in the future with two new Avengers films.
In the comics, Hercules is also married to his half-sister Hebe.
This one makes me shiver a bit.
Hercules is, like his father, a ladies-man in the Marvel Comics. Zeus, in Greek mythology, will quite literally sleep with anything that walks, and its not that far off in the comics. Hebe is his one-man friend who has been with him for a good amount of time regularly in the comics.
They have a father, but they do not have a mother, as she is the biological daughter of Zeus and Hera, and in an attempt for Hercules to reconcile with his adoptive mother after he was brought back from the dead, he married her - and theyve remained decent throughout the series run, apart from a few relationship hiccups from Hercules. He even nearly lost her to Spider-Man, of course.
I do see this relationship in the comics as being less likely since she is owned by Disney, and if she is in a movie, I doubt she will be related to Hercules. This isnt Cersei and Jaime from Game of Thrones, folks.
Hercules was once part of a larger Superhero group called The Champions.
While we have already discussed Hercules becoming a member of the Avengers, did you know that he was also a member of a different superhero team called The Champions?
He co-founded the short-lived team called The Champions of Los Angeles, which included many famous Marvel figures, such as Black Widow and Ghost Rider, and two X-Men, Iceman and Angel.
Thor and Hercules Have A Long-Running Rivalry With Each Other
Hercules and Thor have a bit of a rivalry going on as you would expect from that post-credits scene in Thor: Love and Thunder. Although they initially appeared as antagonists, they ended up discarding the metaphorical hatchet in certain instances.
It doesnt mean they won't have a strong friendship on a fairly regular basis, and they don't have the best friendship, as predicted. In that post-credits scene, I personally believe that Hercules is being used more as an antagonist for a possible fifth Thor film, and I do believe it might happen because they promised Thor would return, therefore I don't expect a friendly pairing too soon.
I can't wait to see these two gods bash their heads and powers, especially if Chris Hemsworth and Brett Goldstein play them.
At some point, Hercules and Thor actually changed their roles.And powers.
I can see you staring at the screen and wondering what on earth I must be talking about, but you read that correctly - these two gods actually changed their roles and their powers once in the comic Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules.
Thor became drunk and married Queen Alfyse, resulting in a massive Dark Elf invasion that ended up being a major loss for Asgard and further exacerbated Thor's rivalry?
Im sure everyone here is equally as excited as I am about seeing Hercules in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hopefully, well get to see how powerful he truly is? Who will be the ultimate god - the God of Thunder? Or the God of Strength and Heroes? Norse vs Greek? It's about to fall, and I've got so many questions.