Taking a look at six deities who could match Marvel's success with Thor
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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.