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Hela (Marvel)
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* Agility
* Animation
* Astral Projection
* Death Touch
* Divine Powers
* Energy-Enhanced Strike
* Healing
* Illusion Casting
* Intellect
* Invulnerability
* Leadership
* Longevity
* Magic
* Necromancy
* Power Item
* Prehensile Hair
* Sense Death
* Siphon Lifeforce
* Soul Absorption
* Stamina
* Super Hearing
* Super Sight
* Super Speed
* Super Strength
* Teleport
* Unarmed Combat

Hela possesses the conventional attributes of an Asgardian woman (“goddess”) as well as certain special abilities that pertain to her role as a local death goddess. Like all Asgardians, she is extremely long-lived, super-strong, immune to all diseases, and resistant to conventional injury. Her Asgardian metabolism gives her far greater than human endurance at all physical activities tough Hela rarely feels obliged to perform undue exercise.

As a goddess of death, Hela holds her power of life and death over her kinsmen, the gods of Asgard. Death for an Asgardian is somewhat different than death for a mortal. In both cases, the corporeal body ceases all functions and activities, but whereas mortal spirit flee the physical form at the moment of death, the spirits of gods remain in their bodies until the death-goddess draws it out and dispatches it to its final resting place. Those spirits (or astral-selves) remain integral for eternity and reside in certain twilight realms in the dimension of Asgard like Hel and Niffleheim, where they take on a quasi-physical tangible existence. Although Hela is usually content to wait until an Asgardian is on the verge of succumbing to wounds before she touches him or her and draws the spirit from the body, she can also touch perfectly healthy Asgardians and kill them with the touch if she so chooses. She also has the power to restore life to recently diseased gods as long as their spirits have not left the sheaths of their bodies. She does not exercise this power often.

While Hela’s touch is also fatal to mortals, she does not generally leave the dimension of Asgard or have much traffic with human lives. The souls of immortals are her province, nor those of mortals.

Hela is able to travel about in her astral form, possessing the same powers of death as her physical form has. Because of her Asgardian metabolism, she does not have any limitation on the amount of time she can spend out of her physical form, unlike mortal astral projectionists.

Hela is the daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboda. When Hela came of age, she was appointed Ruler and Goddess of the northernmost kingdom of the dead, allowing her to rule in the realms of Hel and Niffleheim. Although her dominion was only over those who did not die as heroes, as Odin was the ruler of these in Valhalla. Still, Hela often sought to expand her kingdom by conquering Valhalla as well which often brought Hela into direct conflict with both Odin and his son Thor. On one occasion, Hela attempted to persuade Thor into entering Valhalla when he was on the verge of death, although he eventually refused. Hela also entered into an uneasy alliance with the other Death Gods of Earth.

Hela patiently waited for the chance to take over Valhalla and even forced her minions to build the enormous ship, Naflgar, out of the finger nails of the dead in order to attack Asgard, however this ship was destroyed by Skurge the Exocutioner and Hela was forced to begin reconstruction of the ship. When Odin entered the Odinsleep, his attention to Valhalla waned and Hela had the chance she had been waiting for. Once he was aware of her intentions a great battle took place. Hela corrupted the Valkyrior, causing them to lose their physical form & remain in a wraith like state. Danielle Moonstar was also stuck in this state, she and the New Mutants journeyed to Asgard to battle Hela's army. The battle with various forces brought the Hulk and Agamemnon, the leader of the Pantheon, to Hela's realm. After a long fight against Hela's surreal forces, Agamemnon requests, based on a vaguely hinted upon relationship, to allow them to leave. Hela surprisingly agrees. This incident sheds light on the fact that in Marvel, Hela is supposedly the half sister of Agamemnon. The fighting continued on until the mutants were able to wake Odin. Hela soon gave up her conquest of Valhalla when Odin vowed to keep a better watch over it in the future. After many failed attempts to defeat the Asgardians, Hela finally helped her father bring about the events of Ragnarok when she finally finished building Naflgar and allowed Loki to use it in order to attack Asgard.

Hela was later resurrected after supposedly being killed in the events of Ragnarok. Hela later tells Loki that she has lost much of her realm and power, however this could be due to the fact that so many Asgardians were resurrected by Thor, making her realm devoid of the Asgardian souls that she had collected over so many years. Although she still appears to be a member of a group of Death Gods when she attended a meeting to discuss the fate of the Limbo realm. Hela now patiently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, and even assisted her father, Loki, in enabling him to complete a task that caused Thor to be banished from Asgard.

Hela was born ages ago to the being who would one day be called Odin and a goddess whose name and image have been lost in antiquity. On the day of her maturity, Odin appointed her goddess and ruler of the northernmost realms of the dead. Her special dominion was over the souls of all who did not die in battle, while Odin himself built the palace Valhalla to house the souls of all of those who died as heroes. In recent years, when Odin’s attention had strayed from the maintenance of Valhalla, Hela tried to annex that realm to her own, hoping to consolidate her power over all Asgard’s dead. Eventually Odin grew aware of her ambitions and opposed them. In the course of battle, Odin’s band of Valkyries, the custodians of Valhalla, lost their physical forms, no longer able to travel from Valhalla except in their wraith-like astral forms. Hela gave up her contest for Valhalla when Odin vowed to keep better watch over it in future, and she returned to her realms.

Began relationship with Thanos in Mighty Thor #700.

Hela is a Marvel Comics character, adapted for Thor comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby based on the Norse mythological Hel. Collections of Old Norse poems and writings such as the Poetic Edda, and Prose Edda, describing and detailing Hel. Appointed as ruler of the underworld, and having a gloomy disposition as well as appearing half flesh and half blackened. Much like the traditional Norse mythological version, Hela is the goddess of the dead who resides and rules over the Asagrdian death or afterlife realm. Also known as Niffleheim. Her interactions and relationships likewise mirror that of her Norse mythological inspiration. Hela's first appearance being in Journey into Mystery #102, released in March of 1964.

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (1952) #102

Other Identities:
Leah (Marvel)

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Issue Appearances:
100% Marvel (2003)
All-New Invaders (2014)
All-New Marvel Now! Point One (2014)
Angela: Asgard's Assassin (2015)
Angela: Queen of Hel (2015)
Avengers Origins: Thor (2012)
Avengers Prime (2010)
Captain Britain and MI13 (2008)
Chaos War (2010)
Chaos War: Ares (2011)
Chaos War: Chaos King (2011)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Reign Files (2009)
Deadpool's Art of War (2014)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Domination Factor: Avengers (1999)
Exiled (2012)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Fearless Defenders (2013)
Ghost Rider Finale (2007)
Hellcat (2000)
Heroic Age: Prince of Power (2010)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Iron Man/Thor (2011)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Loki (2004)
Loki (2010)
Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Mephisto Vs. ... (1987)
Mighty Thor (2016)
Mythen und Sagen (1992)
New Mutants (2009)
New Mutants Forever (2010)
New Mutants Saga (2009)
New Mutants Special Edition (1985)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Origins of Siege (2010)
Secret Warriors (2009)
Siege Prologue (2009)
Siege: Loki (2010)
Silver Surfer (2015)
The Defenders (1972)
The Enchantress: Illustrative Art of Dan Brereton (2014)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Mighty Thor (2011)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Unworthy Thor (2017)
Thor (1966)
Thor (1998)
Thor (2000)
Thor (2007)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009)
Thor God-Size Special (2009)
Thor Legends (2003)
Thor: For Asgard (2010)
Thor: God of Thunder (2012)
Thor: Son of Asgard (2004)
Thor: Tales of Asgard by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (2009)
Thor: The Legend (1996)
Thor: Wolves of the North (2011)
Thunderstrike (1993)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
What If? (1977)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Force (1991)
X-Force (2008)
X-Force/Cable '97 (1997)
X-Infernus (2009)
X-Men: Divided We Stand (2008)

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Asgardians (Marvel)

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