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Anu is the leader of the Annunaki, an extra-dimensional race of beings once worshiped as gods by the people in Ancient Mesopotamia. Anu was a member of a third generation of Annunaki descended from the primeval gods, Tiamat, and Apsu. When Apsu grew tired on the constant conflict between the younger gods, he planned to do away with the younger gods, but Anu rose up against him and slew him, becoming ruler of the Annunaki. Circa 10,000 BC, Anu was worshiped in Ancient Corinthia and often dispatched the Bull of Heaven on behalf of his priests.

Although briefly deposed as ruler of the gods by Dagon and Baal, Anu regained his throne while the Annunaki lost their worshipers on Earth. Around 1000 AD, he attended the Council of Godheads to discuss the threat of the Celestials, but it is suspected that he and several of the Annunaki have moved to the Forgotten Realm and discontinued all contact with the Earthly Plane.[2]

Powers

Anu possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Mesopotamian gods. Like all of the Mesopotamian gods, he is immortal. He has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any known conventional means. He is immune to all known earthly diseases and is invulnerable to conventional injury. If wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for Zeus, Odin, Ea or a number of gods of equal power working together to revive him. Anu does have some superhuman strength and his own godly metabolism gives him far greater than human endurance in all physical activities.

Anu also has vast powers of an unknown nature, which seem to surpass the powers of any other Mesopotamian god. Magical in their form and nature, these powers can be employed in numerous forms. He can project rays of mystical forms resembling modern lasers that can explode on impact and erect shields and objects such as thrones and ships from this energy. He can also create dimensional portals at will to travel between earth and heaven and create spells that augment or enforce spells already in existence. He can project his image, voice or energy bolts from heaven to earth and even place bondage spells powerful enough of bonding individuals to certain realms. Anu seems to have limited precognitive and sensory awareness to perceive facts and information from beyond time and space.




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Footnotes

  1. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
  2. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update Vol 1 3



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