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Marvel Universe 

Olympians

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

First Appearance
Human Torch Comics #5A (1941)

Home World
Olympus

Government
Dictatorship, ruled by Zeus

Physical Description
Each Olympian has a normal human appearance, however, are considerably tall their average height is six feet tall and their average weight is five hundred pounds, and they adorn the attire of the Ancient Greeks.


In the early ages of the Earth, a sentient life-force developed and one day manifested itself into the being Demiurge. He birthed the Elder Gods who eventually warred among themselves until one of them, Atum, transformed itself into Demogorge and devoured or chased away all but himself and Gaea, also known as Mother Earth. Atum would reform from the Demogorge and leave the Earth, dispersing the energies he had absorbed into the planet. When mankind eventually began rising towards sentience, their dreams gave form to the absorb energies; this transformed those who would become the progenitors of mankind's gods, notably the Olympians, regarded as deities by the peoples of Greece and the Roman Empire.

Mythology holds that Gaea, the sole remaining Elder God, gave birth to Ouranos. She then mated with him, and they parented the Olympians, the Titans. They resided in an interdimensional pocket universe in the city known as Olympus, though the City's origins are unrevealed. Ouranos was eventually slain by his son, Chronus, who feared the same treatment from his own children and he began imprisoning them in a dark underworld known as Hades. Before Chronus could similarly banish his sixth child, his wife Rhea fled through a dimensional portal to Earth, arriving near Greece's Mount Olympus, where the child was raised among the shepherds. After reaching adulthood this child, Zeus, freed his siblings Demeter, Hera, Poseidon, Pluto and Vesta from Hades and led the war against their father, a war they would eventually win. Zeus imprisoned most of the surviving Titans in Hades and set himself up as ruler of Olympus, taking his sister Hera as his queen. Pluto was asked to rule over the underworld and guard its prisoners, Poseidon was given dominion over Earth's seas, Demeter was assigned to watch over the land, and Vesta was to watch over the people. Zeus ruled a peaceful Olympus for centuries while he and his siblings populated the realm through interbreeding with humans, extradimensionals, Titans, and whatever else caught their fancy. Select mortals or aliens were occasionally added to the pantheon as well, sometimes further empowered by Zeus.

Under the gods' watchful eyes, the Olympians flourished, especially the Greeks, Romans and Atlantean civilizations. The Olympians soon found themselves drawn into conflict with other gods, in particular the Asgardian gods of Northern Europe and the Ennead of Northern Africa; however, the coming of the world-threatening Celestials taught these gods that there were greater threats to their world than each other, and Zeus and his fellow leaders created the Council of Godheads and made a pact despite individual conflicts, the pantheons would never go to war as a whole. When Zeus and the Asgardian leader Odin were unable to head off a war between their peoples, they cooperated to alter the minds of every warrior, leading each to believe briefly that they had won. The Celestials existence drew Zeus' attention to the Eternals, a Celestial-manipulated offshoot of mankind with powers which made them seem godlike to humanity. Their City Olympia lay near Mount Olympus, and Zeus and his daughter Athena met with the Eternals to negotiate a treaty by which the Eternals would act as gods on Earth; despite their best intentions, this lead to repeated confusion between similarly named gods and Eternals, heightening each society's resentment of the other. When the time came for a final conformation with the Celestials, Zeus used his peoples' annoyance towards the Eternals as motivation to lead them in an invasion of Olympia, though he soon withdrew when it proved unprofitable.


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