Prometheus is a member of the Titans, the first generation of gods worshipped in Ancient Greece. The Titans were ousted from power by Zeus and the Olympians, but Prometheus was one of the few Titans who supported Zeus, who repaid the favor by giving him a portion of land in Greece to rule as king. Prometheus shared his power with his brother, Eprimetheus; in later myths, it was claimed they created the first humans. Prometheus was a great and beneficent king who cared for his subjects, and he stole fire from Olympus for mortal man. This act infuriated Zeus who decreed that Prometheus should be chained far to the east at the edge of the Greek world where an eagle would peck at his liver. Due to his immortal attributes, Prometheus would regain his liver regenerating itself. When Zeus threatened to flood the earth as revenge for mortals accepting fire, Prometheus warned his mortal son, Deucalion, to save his family in an ark.
Despite the flood, enough of mortal man survived and used fire to sacrifice to the gods. Though this pleased the gods, Zeus did not recant his punishment of Prometheus. Seven to eight generations later, Hercules, the then mortal son of Zeus, came to Prometheus for advice on how to deal with his brother, Atlas, who was imprisoned in Ancient Libya. Realizing the terror Prometheus was experiencing, Hercules freed Prometheus from his chains. According to myth, Prometheus was allowed to enter Olympus and become an advisor to Zeus.
Prometheus reportedly healed the centaur Chiron who had accidentally scratched himself with one of Hercules' arrows dipped in the venom of the Hydra. He became close friends of Hercules and in modern times, cured Hercules' insanity after the son of Zeus had been brutally assaulted by the Masters of Evil during a takeover of Avengers Mansion.
Prometheus possesses the conventional attributes of an Olympian god, such as superhuman strength, resistance to injury, immunity to diseases, highly advanced regenerative factor that allows him to regrow lost limbs and organs and immortality. He also possesses the power to heal others. He is precognitive, able to see the future.
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- Prometheus at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- Prometheus at the Appendix to the Marvel Universe
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