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Hela (Marvel)
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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 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.


First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (1952) #102

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Invaders (2014)
All-New Marvel Now! Point One (2014)
Angela: Asgard's Assassin (2015)
Avengers Origins: Thor (2012)
Avengers Prime (2010)
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
Captain Britain and MI13 (2008)
Chaos War (2010)
Chaos War: Ares (2011)
Chaos War: Chaos King (2011)
Colección Extra SuperHéroes (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 (2013)
Iron Man/Thor (2011)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Le Puissant Thor (1972)
Loki (2004)
Loki (2010)
Marvel (1988)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Legends (2007)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Mephisto Vs. ... (1987)
New Mutants (2009)
New Mutants Forever (2010)
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)
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)
Thor (1966)
Thor (1998)
Thor (2007)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009)
Thor God-Size Special (2009)
Thor: For Asgard (2010)
Thor: God Of Thunder (2013)
Thor: Son of Asgard (2004)
Thor: Tales of Asgard by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (2009)
Thor: Wolves of the North (2011)
Thunderstrike (1993)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Force (1991)
X-Force (2008)
X-Force Megazine (1996)
X-Force/Cable '97 (1997)
X-Infernus (2009)
X-Men: Divided We Stand (2008)
X-Men: The Asgardian Wars (1989)

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Asgardians (Marvel)

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