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Six by 6 | After Thor, six other Marvel gods ready for big leagues

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Thor

Some people compare superheroes to mythical gods because of their supernatural powers (and for their all-too-human squabbles), and Marvel has made a mint on translating a Norse deity into a superhero with Thor. But beyond the borders of Asgard is a cornucopia of gods and demigods in the Marvel pantheon just waiting to be reawakened and put back into the fight. And I’m not talking about Marvel movies (although that’d be nice, too!). I’m talking about Marvel Comics’ staff bringing these heroes (and villains) of lore back into the mix.

Hercules

Hercules

He’s the obvious one, isn’t he? In terms of mythological figures in the Marvel Universe, Hercules is second only to Thor in terms of popularity and use. Introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Thor’s Journey into Mystery, the so-called Prince of Power has been a frequent face in the halls of various Avengers headquarters, and has served as a member of the Champions, the Defenders and even Damage Control. After decades working as little more than a stand-in for Thor, Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak carved out a new path for the hero — a drunken, belligerent but well-meaning path. Since the end of his solo series in early 2012,  Herc has been a background character popping up in Avengers Academy, Fantastic Four, Wolverine & the X-Men, Age of Ultron and Fearless Defenders. Will there come a time when a new wave of Marvel NOW (All-Drunk Marvel NOW!?) comes to Herc? We hope so.

Snowbird

Snowbird

Technically this Alpha Flight isn’t from a pantheon, but she’s the daughter of a god. Created by John Byrne, Narya is the daughter of the Inuit goddess Nelvanna of the Northern Lights and a human. Raised by her future Alpha Flight teammate Shaman, she eventually joined the Canadian government superhero team. She’s died, but like many other superheroes returned — albeit as a younger version of herself pulled from the past. Most recently she was recruited as part of Hercules’ God Squad but, like Alpha Flight, has been pretty much absent of late. Given her unique power set, background and memorable design, I could easily see Snowbird included in one of the dozen Avengers books on shelves.

Seth

Seth, the Serpent God

In addition to being a goldmine for potential heroes, mythology is also a potent source for villains: Take, for example, the Egyptian god Seth. Worshiped as the god of death, the Marvel version was introduced by Bill Mantlo, Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema in a mid-’70s issue of Thor. In comics, Seth has faced down fellow gods, met Apocalypse before he even had that name and even fought Moses. And he can turn into a giant snake. Come on, Jason Aaron, why haven’t you used him in Thor: God of Thunder?

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What about Woodgod?

Big fan of Woodgod, but he’s not a mythological god. Created by scientists!

Hercules! Hercules! HERCULES!

Ahem… Aries would be nice too.

I’d offer Gaea – providing Brother Nature was in the mix somewhere. Would like to see them cause a little environmental chaos in the Marvel U.

With two Hercules movies coming out soon (even if they both have great potential to suck), it would be foolish for Marvel not to bring their cult fan favorite version back for a for a solo run or on a team.

Actually, with two Hercules movies coming out soon (especially if they both have great potential to suck) if would be pretty foolish for Marvel to make one now. The history of multiple movies covering the same subject matter being released in close proximity to one another tends not the favor the ones that don’t get there first.

I think an interesting Herc movie could be made, but I’d hope they include Amadeus Cho in it. That could be enough to separate it from the other films that are going for a less mythological takes on the character.

Was Manitou involved with Red Wolf too or am I getting my Native American gods mixed up.

Richard: Red Wolf was given his powers by another Native American god, a Cheyenne god named Owayodata.

with the exception of Hercules
none of these characters could hold their own titles for more then a year

they are like Havok or War Machine, apparently they are super popular fan favorite characters…. who never are able to told their own individual series for more than 12 issues

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