Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to introduce fans to a plethora of new stories and characters. The long list of characters that are set to debut includes the likes of Shang-Chi, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and the powerful group of Eternals. After the massive Infinity Saga, it makes sense that the MCU is moving forward with these characters, effectively ushering in a new era of heroes.
Out of all the characters mentioned, there are still a bunch of characters that have yet to debut in the billion-dollar franchise, and one of them is Hercules. Last year, the Prince of Power was rumored to debut in The Eternals but it didn't come into fruition after the full cast of the film was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. Now, it seems that a new rumor has surfaced which potentially reignites talks about the character appearing in the larger MCU sooner rather than later.
An exclusive report from Cinema Spot revealed that Hercules is "coming to the MCU in the near future." The outlet shared that it remains to be seen if the Marvel hero will debut in "a supporting role or a lead role in his own project."
WHAT THIS MEANS
Many fans would agree that it's high time for the debut of Hercules in the MCU. In the comics, the Olympian god was an important member of the Avengers and he is described as one of Marvel's strongest heroes.
There is a slight chance that Hercules will debut in next year's The Eternals but the film could still plant seeds (via Easter eggs) for the character, which could set the stage for a bigger role down the road. With the long list of upcoming MCU projects, Hercules could potentially debut in the likes of Thor: Love and Thunder, Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and even Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The similarity of Hercules with Thor makes Love and Thunder a prime candidate for the character to debut. The much-awaited interaction between the two is a long time coming, as well as the reaction of Thor seeing another character in his caliber. With Phase 4 having the theme of passing one's legacy to another, the idea of Thor not just passing the mantle of his might to Jane Foster but also passing the "the strongest Avenger" monicker to Hercules should be an exciting prospect to fans everywhere.