|First appearance||(as Jupiter) Venus #5 (June 1949)|
(as Zeus) Journey into Mystery Annual #1 (October 1965)
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|Full name||Zeus Panhellenios|
|Team affiliations||Olympian Gods|
Council of Godheads
|Notable aliases||Jupiter, Jove (names given to him in ancient Rome), Taranis (Celtic name), Tinis (Etruscan name), Iupiter Optimus Maximus, Diespiter Optimus Maximus, Mister Z|
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Fictional character biography
Zeus is the youngest son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, the children of sky god Ouranos and elder goddess Gaea (also known as "Mother Earth"). The infant Zeus was secretly entrusted to his grandmother Gaea for safekeeping and hidden in the Caves of Dicte on Crete's Aegean Hill.
After the Hyborian Age, the ancient Greek civilization began to rise, so Zeus made the Olympian gods known to them to gain their worship. During the war of Troy, Zeus battled Thor who had accidentally been transported there. Hades deplored Zeus' decree, and challenged Zeus' supremacy many times.
Olympus was attacked by the forces of the Japanese god of evil, Amatsu-Mikaboshi. Mikaboshi also stole Alexander, the son of Ares, and brainwashed Alexander into becoming his personal God of War. In the end though, thanks to Ares' love for his son, and the power of Zeus, Alexander broke free and apparently slew Mikaboshi. It came with a heavy price though, as Zeus apparently sacrificed his life to do so, he was stabbed twice by Mikaboshi's dark tendrils, and his body was not found.
During the "Dark Reign" storyline, it was revealed that Pluto has Zeus prisoner and holds a trial against him with Hercules helping his father. The jury consists of Zeus' enemies, with Pluto as a prosecutor. Ultimately, Zeus is convicted, and willingly drinks from the River Lethe, making him lose his memory and renounce his crown to Pluto.
During the "Chaos War" storyline, Zeus, Hera, and Ares are among the dead characters that Pluto releases in order to help defend the underworld from Amatsu-Mikaboshi. When Amatsu-Mikaboshi arrived, he rips out Zeus' heart again. After Hercules defeats Mikaboshi he restores Zeus along with the rest of the universe.
While sleeping with another woman, Zeus was depowered by Hera because of his infidelity and womanizing. He regains his powers after helping Hercules defeat Baba Yaga, a witch who absorbs the magic of the artifacts to regain her youth.
In light of the events of "Avengers: No Surrender," Nyx: Goddess of Night escaped from her imprisonment with her children and started killing the Olympians. Oizys used her powers to place Zeus into a state of despair. Before Nyx killed Zeus, he promised that Hercules and the "Avengers of the Wronged" would avenge him.
- In 2019, CBR.com ranked Zeus 2nd in their "Marvel Comics: The 10 Most Powerful Olympians" list.
- In 2021, CBR.com ranked Zeus 2nd in their "Marvel: 10 Most Powerful Olympians" list.
- In 2022, Sportskeeda ranked Zeus 3rd in their "10 best Greek gods from Marvel comics " list.
- In 2022, Screen Rant included Zeus in their "10 Most Powerful Olympian Gods In Marvel Comics" list.
In other media
- Zeus appears in the "Mighty Thor" segment of The Marvel Super Heroes.
- Zeus appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Support Your Local Sky-Father", voiced by Travis Willingham.
Russell Crowe portrays Zeus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). This version is a hedonistic and self-centered individual who cares more about his orgies and serves as the leader of a corrupt Council of Godheads in Omnipotent City that preside over the gods from other pantheons.
- In an original scene that ended up on the cutting room floor and was replaced with the scene above, Zeus appeared at the hospice where Jane Foster is at where Thor finds him having some ice cream. After giving him advice on how Thunderbolt works, Zeus departs while instructing him to find the Gates of Eternity.
- The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #12. Marvel Comics.
- Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1. Marvel Comics.
- Journey into Mystery Annual #1. Marvel Comics.
- Thor #129. Marvel Comics.
- Ares #1-3. Marvel Comics.
- The Incredible Hercules #130. Marvel Comics.
- The Incredible Hercules #131. Marvel Comics.
- Chaos War #2. Marvel Comics.
- Chaos War #5. Marvel Comics.
- Herc #9-10. Marvel Comics.
- Avengers: No Road Home #1. Marvel Comics.
- Avengers: No Road Home #2. Marvel Comics.
- Chrysostomou, George (2019-10-14). "Marvel Comics: The 10 Most Powerful Olympians, Ranked". CBR. Retrieved 2022-10-24.
- O'Brien, Megan Nicole (2021-05-06). "Marvel: 10 Most Powerful Olympians, Ranked". CBR. Retrieved 2022-10-24.
- Hill, Brad (11 July 2022). "Exploring 10 best Greek gods from Marvel comics amid MCU debut of Olympians in Thor: Love and Thunder". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2022-10-24.
- Harn, Darby (2022-04-30). "The 10 Most Powerful Olympian Gods In Marvel Comics". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2022-10-24.
- "Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter: Friday, April 23, 2010". www.comicscontinuum.com.
- "Russell Crowe Confirms Who He's Playing In Thor: Love And Thunder". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
- "'Thor: Love and Thunder' Deleted Scene Shows a Different Side to Russell Crowe's Zeus". Collider. 4 September 2022.