15. The Asgardian God of Fear
Marvel Comics story: Fear itself
In Marvel Comics, there is a prophecy about Thor: “Nine paces fares the son of Odin, And slain by the Serpent, Fearless, he sinks.”
The Serpent the prophecy talks about is Odin’s brother Cul, the God of Fear. Odin locked his brother away for centuries only to be released by the Red Skull’s daughter Sin after she found a magical hammer (it’s a whole thing). After freeing him, Cul sends eight hammers around the world to go to beings he calls the Worthy. They, along with Sin, set out to spread fear across Earth. This fear made Cul one of the most powerful beings in the Nine Realms. The only thing that can stop him is Thor and the Avengers.
This wasn’t one of the more popular stories in Marvel Comics. Nonetheless, Fear Itself makes for a better cartoon than a comic book. This story is full of action from start to finish. For nothing else, it’s worth it just to see the Hulk with a giant magical hammer and Thor fighting a building-sized snake.
There’s also the side story about people not succumbing to fear and hate. Captain America’s shield was destroyed and his faith was almost broken. However, when things seem like they were at their worst, everyone rallied together. This showed a side of humanity that people thought didn’t exist. This could be an important lesson for everyone.