by Ryan Rigley

Since 2008, there have been rumors of a “Hercules” movie (based on the Radical Studios-published graphic novel) with Peter Berg initially attached to helm the project. Last week, it was finally announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been confirmed to play the character in the upcoming film “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” with Brett Ratner directing in Peter Berg’s stead.

Speaking of Hercules, the demigod (of the same name) that exists within the Marvel universe has been an on-again, off-again member of the Avengers since 1967. Not that The Rock’s Hercules has anything to do with the latter, but can you just imagine what “The Avengers 2″ would be like with the wrestler-turned-actor playing Herc? We sure can! Click past the jump for more!

Born the son of Zeus (the supreme ruler of the gods of Olympus) and Alcmena (a mortal woman), Hercules is a demigod and modern-day superhero tasked with defending both the Olympian gods and all of mankind. Tricking Zeus’s wife (Hera) into breastfeeding the illegitimate son of Olympus, Hercules is bestowed with invulnerability by way of Hera’s divine milk. Learning of her husband’s treachery, Hera sends two poisonous serpents to eliminate the baby Hercules only to have him strangle both of them to death. This, mind you, was before he was even one year old.

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Of all his feats of strength, Hercules is perhaps best known for his Twelve Labors (slaying various beasts and acquiring ancient artifacts) which he performs in order to prove himself worthy of immortality and godhood in the eyes of his father. Since his creation, Hercules has been a consistent ally of Thor as well as the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Most recently, Hercules was called upon to act as a guest instructor at Avengers Academy, demonstrating to his students the ancient Greek art of naked wrestling.

Being the son of Zeus, Hercules has all of the powers of an Olympian god including superhuman strength, durability, reflexes, and speed. In fact, Hercules is the strongest of all the Olympians, being able to smash boulders into powder and at one point even dragging the entire island of Manhattan. Additionally, he often times will carry an adamantine mace (forged by the Greek god Hephaestus) that has proved to be equal to Thor’s mystical hammer Mjolnir. When it comes right down to it, if the Avengers are going to be squaring off against Thanos in Earth’s Mightiest Sequel, the more gods on the roster the better their chances are of winning.

As mentioned earlier, Hercules and Thor have been allies since Hercules’ first appearance in the Marvel universe. With that said, we don’t see why the Greek demigod wouldn’t be able to have some sort of cameo appearance in “Thor: The Dark World.” After all, the vast majority of audiences already knows who Hercules is being that the character comes from ancient Greek mythology. If Thor so much as name-drops Hercules in the “Thor” sequel, it would make perfect sense when Herc shows up to save the day in the “Avengers” sequel. As for Dwayne Johnson’s role in the film, let’s just chalk that one up to wishful thinking.

In Assembling Avengers, we’re picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth’s mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next “Avengers” in the comments or on Twitter!

Previous Assembling Avengers Candidates:
» Hercules
» The Wasp
» Luke Cage
» Scarlet Witch
» Moondragon
» Nova
» Spider-Woman
» Iron Fist
» Ms. Marvel
» The Vision
» Black Panther
» Ant-Man
» Silver Surfer
» Doctor Strange