If Super Heroes Were Mesoamerican or South American Gods
In Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the powerful mutant Apocalypse (played by the Internet’s boyfriend, Oscar Isaac) casually mentions that he’s also the Egyptian sun god Ra, The Hindu deity Krishna and Yahweh, the Israelite god. It’s certainly an interesting premise — the gods of past civilizations being a mutant superhero or, in this case a, supervillain — but why stop there? Why not tap into the diety-rich cultures of Mesoamerica and South America to find more Gods that could actually double as superheroes or vice versa? Well, true believer, we did just that.
Loki is Huehuecoyotl
Marvel’s Loki is inspired by the Norse god of the same name. Loki is known as for being a mischief, deception, and being a general troublemaker. That sounds an awful lot like Huehuecoyotl, the Aztec god whose name literally means “old coyote.” Much like Loki, Huehuecoyotl is kind of a d*ck.
The Incredible Hulk is Cabrakan
Not that he needs any introduction, but The Incredible Hulk is the Mr. Hyde to mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner’s Dr. Jekyll. The Hulk is basically a green wrecking ball with torn pants and anger issues. That sounds a lot like Cabrakan, the Mayan mountain god with a penchant for destruction.
Storm is Tlaloc
We almost went with Thor for Tlaloc, but Storm from X-Men was a much better fit. Like Storm, the Aztec god Tlaloc controls the wind and the rains. Tlaloc is also a god of fertility, an attribute Storm was given by her followers.
Professor Charles Xavier is Bochica
Professor Charles Xavier is the mentor and moral compass of the X-Men, guiding the team of mutants to fight for the forces of good. Bochica serves the same purpose for the Muisca (a pre-Hispanic tribe found in Colombia’s mountain). Like Professor X, Bochica stressed the importance of serving good over evil. And like Professor X (born and raised in New York City), Bochica came from the East.
Aquaman is Ngueruvilu
In the DC Universe, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas and ruler of Atlantis. In the mythology of the Mapuche (indigenous group from Chile), Ngueruvilu is the master of all things water-related. The difference is that Ngueuvilu, a serpent-like fox whose tail is a claw (sorta like a trident, tbh), is actually a bad dude who loves to create whirlpools to kill people.
Angel/Archangel is Quetzalcoatl
Quetzalcoatl is one of the most important and most recognized gods in Aztec mythology. He was a feathered serpent with the ability to fly. Quetzalcoatl was also said to have blonde hair and blue eyes, which many believe is one of the main reasons why Hernan Cortes was welcomed by the Aztecs. These traits are also shared by X-Men member Warren Worthington III, whose super hero moniker is Angel (and later on, Archangel).
Batman is Piquete-Ziña
You best believe that we weren’t going to exclude Bruce Wayne — a.k.a. the Dark Knight, a.k.a. the Caped Crusader, a.k.a. the best super hero of all time (I will fight you on this) — from this list. Piquete–Ziña is a the bat god for the Zapoteca, indigenous tribe found in the southern portion of Mexico (mainly Oaxaca). Piquete-Ziña is often characterized as a violent and vengeful deity. Batman is certainly vengeful (like seriously, his origin story is that he’s seeking revenge for the murder of his parents) and he’s most definitely violent (though he tries not to be the murderous type of violent.
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