When the Avengers all hang out again, there might be a really weird mythological God joining the team. No, it’s not anyone related to Thor — remember Hercules?
Hercules is coming to the MCU in the near future, according to a report from The Cinema Spot. It’s not known if he will appear in a lead or a supporting role, but we do know that he won’t appear in Eternals, scheduled for release on February 12 of next year, despite earlier rumors that were the case.
A fourth Thor movie is in the works, but the odds that Chris Hemsworth sticks with the character for much longer than that are slim. Faced with the prospect of losing a character inspired by an ancient deity, Marvel is reportedly ready to call in another…character inspired by an ancient deity, though this time they’re going Roman instead of Norse.
The Roman god of strength and power has actually been a Marvel character for a very long time. He made his debut in Avengers #10 and has since been a regular Avengers and Thor comics, with some other run-ins with Hulk. Interestingly, Hercules is also bisexual in these comics, and his appearance in the MCU would dovetail nicely with Marvel’s desire to introduce more diverse characters into its juggernaut.
And if the MCU does gain Hercules as a hero, it’s likely that it gains Ares, his half-brother and rival, as a villain.
Loki, Thor: Love and Thunder, She-Hulk, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are all in the pipeline, but Hercules could also debut in an entirely different project. A similar mystery? Who will play him?
We’ll just have to wait and see.