After the Infinity Sage came to a dramatic climax in last year’s Avengers: Endgame, it’s no secret that Phase 4 of the MCU will introduce a host of new characters and storylines over the next few years. A recent report suggests that one of those new characters might be the God of Strength, Hercules.
The report comes from The Cinema Spot, who claim that Hercules is set to appear in “the near future”. At this point in time, however, it’s not yet known if Hercules will be introduced in a “supporting role or a lead role in his own project.”
Hercules, who was adapted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is an Olympian god and is described as one of Marvel’s strongest heroes. His first comic appearance came in Avengers #10 in 1964 as Immortus’ minion. He went on to make his first formal appearance in Journey into Mystery #1 in 1965. He has been a long-standing character in Marvel comics ever since.
This isn’t the first time that rumours of Hercules’ introduction to the MCU have circulated. Last year, many suspected that Hercules would be the lead character in the upcoming Eternals. That rumour faded once the cast of Eternals was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con.
There is a chance that Hercules could make an appearance in the Eternals and it is being kept a closely guarded secret at this point. If he is to make his MCU debut in a supporting role, however, an introduction in Thor: Love and Thunder might be the most interesting prospect as the two gods have had a long-running connection in the Marvel comics.
This is, of course, a rumour at this point in time, so fans shouldn’t get too excited yet. If Hercules is confirmed as joining the MCU in the future, we’ll be sure to let you know.