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Hercules (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Hercules (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Hercules (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Hercules is a fictional Character that appears in publications by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Journey into Mystery Annual (1965) and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby.

Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character is based on Heracles of Greek mythology, although the name 'Hercules' is associated with the version from Roman mythology. The character has starred in three self-titled limited series and been a perennial member of the superhero team the Avengers, appearing in each of the three titles. In 2008, Hercules debuted in his own series titled The Incredible Hercules. The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series; toys; trading cards and video games. More about Hercules (Marvel Comics) Character Review - keep reading !!

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Fictional Character Biography


Hercules first appears when pulled from the past by the villain Immortus to battle the Thunder God Thor. This story is not referenced in the character's next appearance, which depicts Hercules and Thor as apparently meeting for the first time. The discrepancy is eventually explained when it is revealed that the first "Hercules" encountered was actually an alien Space Phantom in disguise.

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Hercules guest stars in an extended Thor storyline, defeating a depowered Thunder God (punished by Odin for loving the mortal woman Jane Foster). Hercules unwittingly becomes the slave of fellow Olympian god Pluto when he signs a contract which he thinks is for a film, meaning that he will now rule the Netherworld instead of Pluto, but is eventually rescued by Thor (now at full strength) who battles and defeats Pluto's underworld minions, meaning Pluto destroys the contract rather than have his realm destroyed. Hercules also has a brief encounter with the Hulk, fighting the monster to a standstill.

Hercules reappears as the thrall of the Asgardian villainess the Enchantress who is using water from the spring of Eros and tries to use him to destroy the Avengers, but after being freed from the spell by one of Hawkeye's arrows using brimstone, and being banished from Olympus for one year by Zeus for going to Earth without permission, aids the team for an extended period against foes such as the Mad Thinker; Namor the Sub-Mariner; Diablo; Dragon Man; the Red Guardian; Whirlwind and the Titan Typhon who has imprisoned the Olympians in the Land of Shades, until leaving for Olympus. The character returns briefly during a storyline set directly after the Kree-Skrull War in which the returning Avengers witness an amnesiac Hercules being abducted by two Titans. After dealing with a disruption in New York City caused by the Olympian Ares, the Avengers travel to Olympus and free both Hercules and the Olympian gods who have been turned to crystal by Ares using the Ebony sword. They find out from the Black Knight's spirit he lost his memory after being thrown from Olympus and drifting for six days and nights.

Powers and Abilities (Hercules)


Hercules possesses the typical powers of an Olympian god, including superhuman strength, durability, speed, reflexes and immortality. He is the strongest of the Olympians, being capable of feats such as lifting and hurling a giant sequoia tree, smashing rocks to powder, sealing an entire cliff around an opponent with his bare hands, knocking out a Yellow-crested Titan, and dragging the island of Manhattan (though this was later retconned to be merely a boast he had made, and not a genuine feat). His superstrong legs allow him to run at speeds of over 100 mph, and leap over a hundred feet into the air. He can withstand blows from Thor, and possesses a complete resistance to bullets.

Hercules is highly skilled in archery, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling, and in combat occasionally wields an adamantine mace - stated and shown to be the equal of Thor's own mystical hammer Mjolnir - forged by the Greek god Hephaestus. As an Olympian, he is resistant to all earthly diseases, possesses a healing factor, and also has some immunity to magic. However, his strength can be taken by significant Olympian magic, such as that of Zeus.

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Hercules sacrificed his godly powers to save humanity in the wake of the Chaos War, and now appears to be powerless. He does, however, remain in exceptional physical condition compared to a normal human, as well as retaining his incredible skills in hand-to-hand combat and with weaponry, along with access to magical items that help in battle.

In Other Media (Toys)

  • Hercules also features in Hasbro's premiere series of Marvel Legends action figures.
  • Hercules will be released in the Marvel Universe toyline by Hasbro between fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012.

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