It looks like Marvel Studios has plans to introduce Hercules in an upcoming project, adding him to a growing list of iconic heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our friends over at The Cinema Spot has learned.
As of now, it is currently unknown which project the character would make his debut in. There were rumors that he would appear in Eternals, which hits theaters Early next year, but that was quickly debunked. One film that makes a lot of sense is Thor: Love and Thunder as Hercules has appeared alongside Thor in his comic run. Though the studio has many different projects in various stages of production, so it remains to be seen.
For those unfamiliar with Hercules, the character adapted by comic greats Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he first appeared formally in 1965 in Journey into Mystery Annual #1, and is a Greek god. Hercules possesses the typical powers of an Olympian god, including superhuman strength, durability, speed, reflexes, stamina and endurance. He has regularly appeared in Marvel comics alongside Thor, Hulk, and other Avengers, even joining the team many times.
Hercules has yet to be cast, but that isn’t stopping fans from doing their own fan casts for the Olympian, with some suggesting Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast), Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL), and Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean).
There has also been rumors that Hercules could become the first openly gay character in the MCU. He is known for being a bisexual character in the Marvel Comics, once having a relationship with James Howlett (Wolverine) in an alternate universe. Those rumors have yet to be confirmed by the studio, though many insiders believe that this will be the case.