Apollo (Marvel Comics)

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Apollo is a fictional character
Fictional character
A character is the representation of a person in a narrative work of art . Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr , the earliest use in English, in this sense, dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749. From this, the sense of...

 in the Marvel Universe
Marvel Universe
The Marvel Universe is the shared fictional universe where most comic book titles and other media published by Marvel Entertainment take place, including those featuring Marvel's most familiar characters, such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, and the Avengers.The Marvel Universe is further...

.

Apollo is the God of Light in the Olympian pantheon
Olympians (comics)
The Olympians are a fictional species in the Marvel Comics universe, based loosely on the Twelve Olympians and other deities of Greek mythology.-History:...

, and also the god of music, poetry, medicine, and the sciences.

Fictional character biography


Apollo is the son of Zeus, and brother to Artemis
Artemis (Marvel Comics)
Artemis is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.Artemis is the goddess of the hunt and the moon in the Olympian pantheon.Zeus is her father, and Apollo is her brother.-Publication history:...

. He was born on Mount Cynthus, on the island of Delos, in the Mediterranean Sea. He now resides with the rest of the pantheon in Olympus
Olympus (Marvel Comics)
Olympus is a fictional setting, a location in the Marvel Universe. Adapted from Greek mythology by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it first appeared in Journey into Mystery Annual #1 ....

.

Apollo was present at a time of war between Asgard and Olympus, and opposed the conflict. He was also present when Zeus granted power to Thor
Thor (Marvel Comics)
Thor is a fictional superhero who appears in publications published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby....

 to help resurrect the Asgardian gods. Apollo aided Thor and the other gods in opposing Demogorge
Atum (comics)
Atum is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics, based loosely on the Ra of Egyptian mythology. The character first appears in Thor Annual #10 and was created by Alan Zelenetz and Bob Hall....

. Apollo was consumed by Demogorge, but was then released unharmed. When Hercules
Hercules (Marvel Comics)
Hercules is a fictional character that appears in publications by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Journey into Mystery Annual #1 and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby....

's battle garb was destroyed, Apollo traveled to Earth and presented him with new battle garb. When Hercules was gravely wounded fighting the Masters of Evil
Masters of Evil
The Masters of Evil is a name for a number of fictional supervillain teams that appear in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The first version of the team appeared in The Avengers #6 , with the lineup continually changing over the years....

, Zeus blamed the Avengers for his condition. Apollo sought to aid the Avengers in Olympus against the wrath of Zeus, but was struck down by Zeus. He later healed the injuries that Zeus had caused to Captain America
Captain America
Captain America is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 , from Marvel Comics' 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby...

 and Doctor Druid
Doctor Druid
Doctor Druid, also known as Doctor Droom and Druid, is a fictional character, a supernatural monster-hunter in the Marvel Comics universe....

.

Apollo, Artemis, and Hephaestus appear in a meeting with Hera
Hera (Marvel Comics)
Hera is a fictional deity in the Marvel Comics Universe based on the Greek Goddess of the same name. Hera first appeared in the pages of Thor #129, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby.-Fictional character biography:...

 and Pluto, where Hera reveals her plans to them. Athena reached out to Apollo, but he refused to aid her, preferring to "wait and see". Apollo later appeared at Herclues' funeral, in the company of Athena
Athena (Marvel Comics)
Athena is a fictional deity in the Marvel Comics Universe based on the Greek Goddess of the same name. Athena first appeared in the pages of Thor #164, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby.-Publication history:...

 (now the leader of the Olympians after the deaths of Zeus and Hera), Pluto, Neptune
Neptune (Marvel Comics)
Neptune, also called Poseidon, is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.Neptune is the god of the sea in the Olympian pantheon, and the patron god of Atlantis.-Fictional character biography:...

, and Hebe
Hebe (Marvel Comics)
Hebe is a Marvel Comics deity. One of the children of Zeus and Hera, she is the wife of Hercules and the cup-bearer of the Olympians. Hebe first appeared in Ka-Zar #1 , written by Allyn Brodsky and Frank Springer...

.

Powers and abilities


Apollo possesses the typical powers of an Olympian
Olympians (comics)
The Olympians are a fictional species in the Marvel Comics universe, based loosely on the Twelve Olympians and other deities of Greek mythology.-History:...

, including superhuman strength, speed, durability, and reflexes, and virtual immortality.

Apollo can also radiate great heat and light at will, and has the power to heal the injuries of others with superhuman rapidity.

Apollo also has precognitive abilities enabling him to perceive events in alternate futures.

Apollo is a master archer with his bow and arrows, and an extraordinary musician and harp player with his lyre.

Apollo rides about on enchanted chariots built by Hephaestus
Hephaestus (Marvel Comics)
Hephaestus is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.-Publication history:Hephaestus first appeared in Thor #129 , and was adapted from mythology by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby....

. They are drawn by magical horses and are capable of flight and inter-dimensional travel.

Other versions


In one alternate future Apollo, by orders of Zeus, lends his chariot and steeds to Hercules, for use on his exile in space. The steeds only need the occasional feeding, which sometimes happens when they consume unwilling humanoids. In the following four-issue volume, Apollo and the other Olympians exit Olympus, leaving Hercules there to father a new race of gods. Both volumes happen in the 23rd century.