The Religious Affiliation of

Religion: Mayan/Aztec/Olmec/Toltec deity CBR Scale: D

Name: Quetzalcoatl

Other Names: Quetzacoatl; Ehecatl; the Feathered Serpent; Kukulcan (Mayan name); Kukulkan; the Plumed Serpent; Morningstar; Mightiest of the Ancient Mayan Gods

Classification: deity deity  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The X-Men (vol. 1) #25 (Oct. 1966): "The Power and the Pendant!"

First Appearance (Additional Details): (behind the scenes) Namora (vol. 1) #1 (Aug. 1948): "The Lost City of Yucatan"; (as Kukulcan) The X-Men (vol. 1) #25 (Oct. 1966): "The Power and the Pendant!"; (DC) Secrets of Haunted House #4 ('75); (as Quetzalcoatl, Marvel) Thor Annual #10 (Nov. 1982): "A Time to Die!"

Creators: Roy Thomas, Werner Roth, Dick Ayers

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 10

Enemy of: Huitzilopocthli

Nation: Mexico

Gender: male

Note: god of sun, wind, and wisdom

Quetzalcoatl is a major Aztec/Mayan god. This deity has appeared in a number of stories himself, but is also important in that other characters (including Ajak and Virako) have been mistaken for him.

He is the god of fertility, wind, rain, learning, writing.

Quetzalcoatl is known by a number of other names, including "the Feathered Serpent." Evidence of ancient worship of this deity can be found in some stories in which this deity himself does not appear. For example, in X-Men #25, a gen hunter named El Tigre found ancient artifacts that briefly allowed him to transform into the embodiment of Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl). While thus empowered, this character raised up an ancient Feathered Serpent idol, an idol which represents Quetzalcoatl and was used by ancient Mayans in their worship of this god.


BELOW: Nick Fury feels he can't admit the possibity of Norse gods (e.g. Thor), because it would force him to adopt a whole new framework or worldview: Nick Fury is frustrated by his own inability to make up his mind about what he believes about Thor and Thor's claims of divine nature.

From the bridge of the Altair, Nick watched Thor join the battle. If there's one thing I hate, he thought, it's not being able to make a decision. And I just cannot decide whether Thor is the real thing or not. All of the jabbering about Loki makes me think he's a nutcase, but then he brings the lightning and teleports bombs to other dimensions.He just doesn't fit in any framework I can put together.

One possibility, Nick had to admit, was that he needed a new framework, but he was not about to admit the existence of Norse gods. If you let the Norse gods in, next thing you knew you had Kali and Ogun and Quetzalcoatl and Jesus H. Christ Himself wearing costumes and fighting bad guys. No man could stay sane for long if he took that scenario seriously.

Whatever Thor was, he sure could kick a--. that was what Nick needed right then, and that was all he was going to think about until this operation was over and they could all take a breath.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 303. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: gods; disbelief; Jesus Christ; Hindu; Norse/Teutonic paganism; Vodoun; Aztec; Christian (generic); Mayan; Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth); Ogun; Quetzalcoatl; Kali

This character is in the following 6 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Thor Annual #10 (Nov. 1982): "A Time to Die!"
The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007) (mentioned)
The X-Men

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