Exclusive: Hathor is a golden goddess of love and (snake) death in ‘Gods of Egypt’ poster

Next February, LionsGate invites you to travel to the land of mythical ancient Egypt for a battle between gods. The war will span both the mortal plane and the afterlife. And now the character posters are here to give audiences their first look at what to expect! Loosely based on Egyptian mythology, “Gods of Egypt” looks like a visual treat.

From the official synopsis:

In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt”s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

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Insane Ancient Egyptian mythology lesson below!

Unlike Greek or Roman mythology where a god personified a narrow concept, ancient Egyptian deities were more fluid. Hathor in particular wore many hats. Known as “the Great One of Many Names” she began her career as the personification of the Milky Way – which was seen as Heavenly Milk and thus her association with cows. Hathor”s resume was packed full: a sky goddess, a celestial nurse, the goddess of women, fertility, childbirth, children, love, beauty, dance, and sexuality.

On the flip side, Hathor protected those journeying to the next life and was a goddess of destruction in her role as the Eye of Ra – protecting the sun god from harm. In this form Hathor became Sekhmet and her wrath was quick and merciless. Bloodlust would overtake her and she would slaughters without care, drinking the blood of her victims. The only way to revert Sekhmet back to Hathor was to color beer blood-red and wait until she passed out drunk.

Which version of Hathor will audiences see next year in “Gods of Egypt”? Based on the poster, maybe both.

“Gods of Egypt” arrives in theaters on February 26.