I will be using the Avengers from the first movie which consists of six members (Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Thor) excluding Nick Fury . Yes, I understand Thor is a "mythological" character in Marvel, but he is still far from the actual Thor in Norse mythology.
Bred for war: Both characters are natural-born soldiers. Achilles from Greek mythology is stated as the "greatest warrior of all time". Held by the heel and dipped him in the river Styx as a child. Everything that was soaked in water became invulnerable, but his heel remained dry and therefore vulnerable to damage. During his campaign in the Trojan War he killed more than 2,000 soldiers, captured twenty-three towns in Trojan territory, defeated the mightiest of Troy's warrior's/allies; from Prince Hector of Troy, King Memnon of Ethiopia and Queen Penthesilea of the Amazons.
Achilles is practically a "super soldier" in his own right. Both men are known for their special armor (shields), their fierce and extraordinary fighting abilities; and leadership skills.
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Mind over matter: Like his comic book counterpart, Odysseus is nothing but a mere mortal. Yet he accomplished incredible feats using his greatest weapon which was his sharp intelligence. What I love so much about this choice is that both characters are very much alike. Tony Stark is still a mortal being but he has defied all odds with his quick wits and never quitting attitude. Sometimes his pride and arrogance gets the best of him just like Odysseus.
Odysseus was the brilliant mind behind the Trojan Horse attack during the Trojan war.
What really made Odysseus famous was his 10 year adventurous journey back home after the Trojan War called the Odyssey. Odysseus is portrayed as a strong, confident leader. He is also well known as a convincing, articulate speaker that can win over or manipulate his audience with relatively ease. Just like Stark he is a man that enjoys the luxurious lifestyle.
Some of his feats: Bravely fighting in the Trojan War and creating the false gift of the Trojan Horse that helped the Greeks win the war. Escaping the Sirens and blinding the Cyclops. He was incredibly courageous and clever. He is of royal birth.
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Immense power: Who is Shango? Shango is one of the most popular Orishas. As one of seven Orishas; Shango is the god of justice, fire, thunder, lightning, dance, drums and war! He represents the necessity and joy to live; the beauty of masculinity, the intensity of life, intelligence, wealth and passion. He is well known for his quick temper and quick wits. As a strong-willed and hot-blooded Orisha; Shango loves all the pleasures of the world: dance, drumming, women, song and eating. He is a king, warrior and god.
Instead of a magical Norse hammer he wields a powerful double-headed axe (or sometimes two)!
"When one sees the quickness with which lightning makes short work of a tree or a fire rage through an area, one has witnessed the temper of Shangó in action."
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Beautiful but deadly: Don't be scared! Ok, maybe a little... Kali is one of the coolest goddesses in history and one of my personal favorites. In my opinion Kali and Black Widow are both somewhat similar (as in they're killing machines). Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, time, doomsday, sexuality and violence. She is also known as a symbol of motherly love, feminine energy, creativity and fertility. Also, don't let her looks fool you because she is irresistibly attractive to mortals and gods! The name "Kali" derives from Sanskrit meaning "she who is black" or "she who is death".
I'm not sure if any of you have noticed the decapitated heads on Kali well I have good news! They're not human! So I think? There are multiple tellings of Kali's birth, but I'll go with my favorite one which made her slayer of demons. In this story the warrior goddess Durga (a badass goddess with ten arms that rides a lion or tiger) is fighting the buffalo demon Mahishasura. Durga is so enraged that her anger burst through her forehead in the creation of Kali. Once born, the goddess went to work! She (Kali) went on a rampage eating all the demons insight and stringing their decapitated heads on a chain which she wore around her neck. She was on such a bloody killing-streak that it was almost impossible to calm her down. Thankfully, the mighty god Shiva stopped Kali’s violent rampage by lying down in her path. Realizing who she was stepping one the goddess calmed down.
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Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/Bruce Banner and The Hulk
Your inner monster: I'm not going to spend too much time on this one, but who doesn't know about the story of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?! They're literally one of the inspirations for the creating the Incredible Hulk! I love this story so after you (Moviepilot reader) are finished reading this article you must read this story immediately. To keep things brief (and without spoilers) the story is about a man by the name of Dr. Jekyll who seems to have a split personality called Mr. Hyde. Hyde is a straight up sociopath, nothing more, nothing less. A series of assaults and murders begin to spring up that all point to Jekyll, but even the doctor insists that he's innocent. It's a classic story between good and evil within one's self. Filled with suspense and mystery.
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Injustice: Both heroes have this in common. Yes, they're both archers, but they both did the right thing in their well respected stories when nobody else would. The story of Hou Yi is very short, so there won't be a lot to write on him, and I decided to tell half of his story. I needed to find an archer in myth that was incredible! There were so many to choose from, but Hou Yi stood out as the most authentic archer of the bunch.
As legend goes...
Ten unruly sons of Heaven decided to transform themselves into ten suns, scorching the Earth without remorse. Unable to stop his sons the Jade Emperor summoned the help of Hou Yi, an archer renowned for his amazing marksmanship. The Emperor ordered the immortal to handle his spoiled children, and Hou Yi would do just that. Upon arrival Hou Yi witnessed with his very own eyes the pain and suffering of mortals. About everything on Earth was charred and lifeless. Hou Yi quickly took action! Drawing arrows from his quiver he fired nine of them at the suns. All nine hitting their mark and killing the sons. All but one sun was spared so it could give the Earth light and warmth.
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