How The Eternals Set Up Hercules Arrival?
Since The Eternals will take us on a tour of history, we expect it to suddenly reference or explore several different factions of the MCU. Not only do we want to know about Eternals, Deviants and the Celestials, but we presume that this film will also touch upon several mythological, historical, Biblical, and other factions of Marvel & may be the real world as well. It is believed that while exploring the different teams of Eternals, we’d also get references to Atlanteans, Greek Gods & perhaps even the mutants.
Above every other faction, we believe that Eternals really has to refer to the Greek Gods due to the similarities between them & the Greek pantheon. The characters among the Eternals actually have names that are comparable to the Greek Gods. First of all, there’s the leader of Eternals, Zuras. His name sounds like Zeus. Then there’s Thena, who is similar to Athena. Ikaris is similar to the God Icarus. But the greatest connection that has been seen between the Greek Gods and the Eternals is the one that exists between Gilgamesh and Hercules.
In the comics, Gilgamesh (Don Lee) has gone by multiple names throughout his life. Over the years, he has been called “Hero”, “The Forgotten One”, “Samson”, and “Hercules.” In fact, it is entirely possible that his name wasn’t even Gilgamesh, but something else, something unknown. Now don’t get confused by the Hercules bit. He & Hercules are two different people. People in the Marvel Universe actually confused Gilgamesh with Hercules. In fact it was revealed in the Thor comics that Gilgamesh was the one who completed one of the 12 labors that Hercules was supposedly completed in the Greek Mythology. Gilgamesh cleaned the Aegean stables, and people thought that he was actually Hercules. So, that’s how the name stuck with Gilgamesh. The fact that Gilgamesh is as strong as Thor & Hercules further led people to believe in his case.
Later when Hercules and Gilgamesh met, the Greek God of Strength referred to getting credit for things that he didn’t even do (because Gilgamesh was the one who did them). The Eternals have mainly been confused with the Greek Gods because a section of them used to live in the secret city of Olympia. People confused them with the Greek Gods because the realm of the Gods is also called Olympia. When Zuras took leadership after the death of his father Kronos (another Greek mythology reference), the Eternals that followed him built the city of Olympia which was located near Mount Olympus in Greece. Most of the stories regarding The Eternals are about Zuras’ team of Eternals, which came to be known as the Olympian Eternals. This team included Thena (Angelina Jolie), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff).
The comics have addressed this confusion between Eternals & the Greek Gods time after time. Zuras & Zues had a pact. Zuras & the Eternals carried the Greek Mythology forward on Earth while Zeus & the other Gods existed in their own real. Just like that, the MCU needs to address it as well. They could handle things in two ways.
Since the MCU hasn’t even given us brief hints upon the existence of the Greek Mythology, they could continue doing that by stating that the Greek Mythology is actually a myth based on the Eternals themselves. They could show us how The Eternals inspired the entire Greek Mythology. This way they won’t have to use the characters like Zeus, Hercules, Ares & others because technically, they won’t exist in the MCU. But why not use them when they are available? The MCU has used the characters of the Norse Mythology really well. They could do the same with the Greek Pantheon.
So, I’d suggest the second option. Maybe the Eternals were actually inspired by the Greek Mythology. The Greek Mythology could predate them. I’m not saying that the Olympian Eternals would follow the Greek Gods as their own Gods because for them, the Celestials were their creators and their Gods. Still, inspiring The Eternals by the Greek Pantheon that would allow Marvel to use someone like Hercules whose humorous brute personality would perfectly fit into the dynamics of the MCU.
If The Eternals leave any Hercules references, then we assume that Hercules could make his appearance as soon as Thor: Love and Thunder. Taika Waititi is someone who would be able to handle Hercules really well. But since Thor 4 will already be too crowded, it is possible that Hercules might arrive in the MCU later. Or, he could just have a cameo in the film that’d set up his own solo series.
Mikey Sutton recently gave us a scoop stating that Hercules would join the MCU very soon. He wrote:
“The future of the MCU can often be seen in the past. In December of 2019 I stated that Hercules would be headed to the MCU. Hercules was being discussed for Disney+, perhaps part of a “Journey Into Mystery” show. But as usual, plans evolve and now talks are varying towards his own Disney Plus TV series, one that is again rooted in the history of Marvel Comics. The 1982 Hercules miniseries written and illustrated by Bob Layton reads like a blueprint of the MCU. The fast-paced mix of humor and adventure enveloped in a cosmic wrapping of vintage Star Wars like good times, was so ahead of its time echoing the MCU work of James Gunn & Taika Waititi decades later. So, it’s no surprise that Marvel Studios is looking at incorporating elements of this book for its potential Hercules show. But, whether or not it will be adapted remains to be seen. Now in the original Hercules comic Hercules hilariously gets Galactus drunk, who was finally shown minus the helmet. Such goofball irreverence is straight out of the James Gunn/Taika Waititi playbook but it’ll be up to Marvel Studios and the future showrunner to see how far it will go.”
So, if this scoop should turn out to be true, then Hercules could make his way into the MCU through an Eternals/Thor 4 connection. He cannot physically appear in The Eternals, because that film is too crowded in itself. But the sequel to The Eternals could surely use Hercules. That way, Hercules could arrive in time to be a part of the next Avengers movie, and he could also lead his own Disney+ show.With Hercules, we could see some other Greek Pantheon characters make their way into the MCU. But if Marvel wants to wait even longer in order to prevent things from getting complicated, then the final option for Hercules has to be Thor 5.
Hercules has to appear alongside Thor at some point of time. He and Thor are too similar, and yet they are so different. A Hercules vs. Thor match up should happen in the MCU before they team up and go on an adventure in the cosmos. The one thing that’s certain is that Hercules will be a big brawler, so Dwayne Johnson could surely reprise his role as Hercules. Apart from him, Marvel could look at Jai Courtney, Henry Cavill, Joe Manganiello, Florian Munteanu, Jason Momoa, and a few others. Do you have any particular names in your mind? Be sure to tell us in the comments section. Also mention your opinions upon the project in which he could make his debut.
Until he arrives, here’s the updated Phase 4 movie schedule of MCU – Black Widow on November 6, 2020, The Eternals on February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on May 7, 2021, Marvel’s Spider-Man 3 on November 5, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 11, 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, 2022, Black Panther II on May 6, 2022, and Captain Marvel 2 on July 8, 2022. As far as the TV shows are concerned, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier & WandaVision are supposed to hit Disney+ later this year, Loki, What if…? & Hawkeye will arrive next year, and Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight & She-Hulk will possibly arrive in 2022.
Partial Source: Screen Rant