Hecate (Marvel Comics)

Hecate is the name of a fictional deity appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, based on the Greek goddess of the same name. Created by Chris Claremont and Sal Buscema, she first appeared in Ms. Marvel 11 (1977).

Hecate
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMs. Marvel 11 (November 1977)
Created byChris Claremont
Sal Buscema
In-story information
AbilitiesDuring exile:
  • Energy projection
  • Illusion casting

Olympian powers:

Publication historyEdit

Fictional character biographyEdit

Hecate is among the Titans who ruled the ancient world that Zeus spares when he deposes them and conquers Olympus, and becomes Olympus' resident Goddess of Magic. She is the first deity to give magic to mortals, in defiance of Zeus who had forbidden the gods from meddling with humans. Zeus later exiles her from Olympus, wiping her memories and stripping her of her powers.[1]

Hecate appears on Earth, claiming to be an extra-dimensional explorer, mistaken for Hecate on a visit to the planet some millennia prior. At one point she fights Ms. Marvel.[2]

At some point, she loses more of her memories and becomes an inmate of the Raft.[volume & issue needed] During the Fear Itself storyline, Hecate is among the Raft inmates who escape after Juggernaut in the form of Kuurth: Breaker of Stone levels it. She assists Basilisk, Griffin, and Man-Bull in a bank robbery until Hercules arrives and recognizes her. Hecate shortly regains her memories, recovers her godly abilities, and decides to take over Brooklyn,[3] reshaping the borough to resemble a monster-infested Ancient Greece.[4] Hercules kills her ally Kyknos and she flees as Brooklyn returns to its normal state.[5]

Some time later, the Scarlet Witch seeks out Hecate after sensing a disturbance in witchcraft. She finds her operating a café on a Greek island and asks for her help. Hecate explains that she is content to remain uninvolved with the world of witchcraft, but mentions that there is a magical disturbance on the island, which could support Wanda's theory that magic is broken. She asks Wanda to defeat a Minotaur that has been murdering islanders, and the heroine discovers that the Emerald Warlock, a century-old mage, had forcibly transformed Man-Bull to do his bidding.[6]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

During her exile, Hecate was solely capable of shapeshifting, projecting energy bolts, and bringing images from others' minds to life.

When her memories returned, Hecate regained her Olympian characteristics, which includes superhuman strength (lifting 25 tons), durability, speed, and endurance.[7] She is also immortal and unaging, immune to all human ailments and diseases. As the Olympian goddess of magic, Hecate is an extremely powerful sorceress and has been invoked by mortal magic users in the casting of spells. She can release powerful energy blasts, read other's thoughts, shape-shift, and alter the form of other people and objects. Her skill in magic is so great that when she warped reality around Brooklyn and its inhabitants, she did so without depending on external sources for increased magical power.[8] She also has some influence over dogs and her presence alone causes all canines in a certain radius around her to become vicious.[9]

Alternate versionsEdit

A human mutant character named Hecat'e appears in XSE 1 (November 1996), created by John Ostrander and Chris Gardner.[volume & issue needed] This character can project darkness from her left eye.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Herc #4
  2. ^ Ms. Marvel #11-13
  3. ^ Herc #3
  4. ^ Herc #5
  5. ^ Herc #6
  6. ^ Scarlet Witch #2
  7. ^ Herc #6
  8. ^ Herc #6
  9. ^ Avengers: Roll Call 1 (April 25, 2012), Marvel Comics

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