Marvel’s Zeus: 7 things to know about the Olympic god in front of Thor: love and thunder

Considering that famous mythological characters – such as Hades or Dracula or other characters in that direction – have existed long enough to be in the public domain, comic book publishers like Marvel did not run into legal trouble when making their own interpretations. The Marvel cannon versions of mythological characters have already been adapted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe – most notably Thor, his brother Loki and their father Odin – but not the most recognizable and definitive god of them all … until now, that is.

When Thor: Love and Thunder coming to theaters on July 8, 2022, MCU will debut its own version of the overarching main god of Greek mythology, Zeus, as played by Oscar winner Russell Crowe. For those unfamiliar with how his story has been rewritten into the pages of Marvel Comics and how he can be linked to Thor or other MCU characters, we have you covered. The following is a summary of all the basic information you need to know about this version of Zeus, starting with a summary of everything he is capable of.

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Zeus has various divine abilities, including strength, change of form, etc.

First introduced in Marvel Comics by legendary author Stan Lee and iconic illustrator Jack Kirby in Venus # 5 in 1949, Zeus Panhellenios was observed in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire as the god of heaven, heaven and weather – which certainly puts him a leg or so above Thor, the god of thunder. He is also the leader of the Olympians (of which we will soon cover more) and as such has all the same abilities as an Olympic deity – such as your basic superhuman strength, speed, imperishability and even taking the form of every creature imaginable, and transporting to other dimensions at will. In addition to being electrokinetic, he has been known to use thunderbolts made by his son, Hephaestas, while in combat.

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Zeus was born in secret to protect him from his cruel father

The story of how Zeus came to lead the Olympians (a human race from the Olympus dimension) begins before he was born, when a prophecy claimed that his father, Cronus, would be overthrown by his own son. In an attempt to prevent his fall, the cruel Titan imprisoned all his children, forcing his wife, Rhea, to have their sixth child, Zeus, in secret and hide him on the island of Crete. He immediately sought revenge on his father when he reached adulthood, beginning with the liberation of his siblings (Hades, Hestia, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter), who helped in a decade-long war with Cronus and the Titans, which ended with Zeus became the victor and, as a result, the new ruler of Olympus.

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Zeus raised many children with many lovers, including his wife and sister, Hera

Zeus married and had four children (Ares, Ebis, Hebe and the aforementioned Hephaestas) with Hera – who, as we found, was actually his own sister. But he also had many lovers next door (not that this makes things an ounce better) including goddesses, titans, nymphs and even mortal women. Many more children of his were bred from these affairs, such as the goddess Athena with Titan Metis, Aphrodite with another Titan named Dionne or Hermes with a nymph named Maia. His most famous child, however, was bred with a clearer purpose.

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Zeus’ father Hercules almost exclusively to protect him from a prophetic fate

Like his father, Zeus’ fate was also foretold in a prophecy claiming that he and the Olympians were doomed to be destroyed by Gaia’s giant offspring (the personification of Earth), who could only be defeated by a mortal. Thus he took the form of a Greek human general named Amphityron, seduced his wife, Alcmena, and in doing so he became the father of the demigod, who would become known as Hercules. The legendary strong man – who has been filmed countless times, including in a film starring Dwayne Johnson and in an underrated 1997 animated Disney film – successfully defended his father and Olympus by killing the giant.

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Zeus and the Olympians have a rocky history with the eternal

There’s a chance we could see the return Eternal cast (or at least a reference to them) in Thor: Love and Thunder given the fact that they are familiar with Zeus, but have not always been on the best footing. After discovering that the city of Olympia (essentially the Eternal Headquarters) was near Olympus, Zeus and Athena held a meeting with their leader, Zuras, and his daughter, by chance named Thena, which ended with the immortal beings agreed to be the representatives of the Olympians on earth. But as mortals began to perceive the eternal as gods themselves, the Olympians became angry, leading to a brief inter-race war.

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Zeus and the Olympians also once disagreed with Asgard

Zeus’ reputation for getting into fights with other immortal races did not stop at the Eternal. Hercules once led a group of warriors in a battle with some Norsemen who were under the protection of Thor, which became the catalyst for a war between the land of Asgard and the Olympians. What finally ended the war was a secret meeting between Zeus and Odin, during which they agreed to form an alliance to protect the Earth from the heavens. This also led to the formation of an allied committee of godly leaders, known as the Council of Deities.

Chris Hemsworth and Thor

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Zeus acted as a mentor for a young Thor

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