List of cosmic entities in Marvel Comics
|First appearance||Strange Tales #138 (November 1965)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|See also||Cosmic entity (Marvel Comics)|
List of deities in Marvel Comics
This is a list of prominent cosmic or mystic beings appearing in the fictional Marvel Universe, as defined by status and/or god-like power level. Licensed or creator-owned characters (G.I. Joe, Groo the Wanderer, RoboCop, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.) should not be included. Neither do temporary power-ups through outside sources (e.g. the Red Skull possessing a cosmic cube, etc.). Marvel Universe characters who exist in other dimensions, timelines, or times (such as Dormammu, or Kang the Conqueror) are included. Company owned characters below are also included with reference. Marvel has periodically published guides to their characters under the title Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, a Marvel Comics Presents series and a series of Marvel Universe Cards. Epic Comics, Marvel UK, Marvel Knights, Marvel 2099, Razorline, and Ultraverse are a trademark of Marvel Publications.
List of prominent cosmic or mystic entities
- Aegis (Lady of All Sorrows)
- Anomaly - A bizarre being that embodied exceptions to all things. It existed in a state similar to that of Chronos, but was killed (and its position and power assumed) by Oblivion's agent, Maelstrom. However, it was later shown to have been resurrected.
- Anti-Phoenix Force
- Adam Warlock
- Beyonder - Also called Kosmos, and Maker
- The Beyonders are a race from outside the main physical universe. Their form and purpose is unknown. It is known that they exist outside of linear time, and that they created the Cosmic Cubes.
- The Celestials - A race of cosmic beings with several human-like qualities. Apparently, they guide cosmic evolution to create new beings such as themselves, and possess power enough to create entire universes, or contain such within themselves. They were created by the First Firmament.
- Chaos King – also called Amatsu-Mikaboshi
- Cosmic Cubes - Objects of great power. Not always cubical, and in such cases referred as "cosmic containment units". Created by the Beyonders to test the concept of desire in mortal beings. They can grant wishes, but eventually are "born" into individual entities. The Shaper of Worlds, Kubik, and Kosmos are all former cosmic cubes. Possess power enough to erase galaxies from existence, attain galactic size and create universes, or collapse one upon itself.
- Coven - The Coven is a trio of mythical witches who are believed to be older than any god. They reside at the God Quarry, a strange realm at the very edge of the universe to where all the gods who lost their worshipers due to their destruction or evolution are sent to have their soul fed upon by the witches.
- Death - Embodies the end that eventually comes to all living things, ranging from single cell organisms, sentient mortal beings to the universe itself. The opposite of Eternity. The Living Tribunal likened Death to vengeance.
- Demogorge the God-Eater
- Demiurge - an entity born from the energies from Earth and creator of the first generation of Gods. Later, he would be merged with the hero Wiccan.
- Dreaming Celestial
- Ego the Living Planet
- Entropy - A representation of Eternity formed at the beginning of time. His purpose is to undo creation to make room for recreation.
- Eon - Responsible for choosing the Protectors of the Universe, mortal champions elected to face one specific menace to life in the universe each. Killed by Maelstrom, but succeeded by its "daughter" Epoch.
- Eternity - Sentience and de facto supreme being of the universe. Sometimes acts in conjunction with its counterpart, Infinity. When talking to the Silver Surfer about various universal trinities the Living Tribunal likened Eternity to necessity.
- The Fifth - The maker of magic, weaver of the illusions of change, this mysterious entity is expressly male and is the embodiment of the fifth Marvel Universe incarnation.
- The Fourth - Expressly male this mysterious entity is currently missing. He is the pilgrim, the true believer who journeys into mystery. One day he will return. He represents the fourth Marvel Universe incarnation.
- The Fulcrum
- First Firmament - Expressly male, he was the very First Universe, the first Marvel Universe incarnation, to ever exist. 
- Franklin Richards
- Galactus - The devourer of worlds and sole survivor of the destruction of the previous universe, reborn in the Big Bang as a "galactic ravager". Although not an abstract, non-corporeal being, his true form is unknown. He has stated that he exists to rectify the imbalances of Eternity and Death, prevents Abraxas' destructive influence on the universe, and in one alternate future initiates the creation of the next universe. The Silver Surfer has stated that Galactus' death would cause an explosion with a span of 42 light years, and Eternity has stated that Galactus' death would result in the eventual collapse of the universe. Eternity has referred to him as the "third force of the universe", he has called Eternity "father", and Death has called him "my husband and father, my brother and son", as they were "born at the same moment" and are "two corners of that great triangle which is the universe". The Living Tribunal likened Galactus to equity.
- Griever - Expressly female, Griever at the End of All Things is an aspect of Entropy and claims that her purpose is to witness the last light fade from the edge of Eternity and grieve for everything that ever was and was ever meant to be. She commands strange creatures called Endlings and had been following the Future Foundation during their journey to create and add new universes to the Multiverse which she repudiates as they overstepped their purpose.
- Hawk God of Arcturus - A long time enemy of Eternity
- The Horde
- Hunger - A universal-scale parasite that lives within the great Cosmic Vortex and feeds on whole realities.
- Infinites - Higher-dimensional entities far above Eternity, who once tried to 'align' the universe to a more balanced and efficient configuration. They are using planet-sized Servitors and Walkers to act as representatives and workers in lower realms.
- Infinity - The counterpart of Eternity, but appears as a female. Believed to embody the concept of space, and along with Eternity embodies the space/time continuum. Perhaps better described as "the other side of the coin," and not as a fully separate entity from Eternity. Infinity is the embodiment of the seventh Marvel Universe.
- Infinity Gauntlet
- In-Betweener - Represents the synthesis between all concepts within the universe, such as life and death, order and chaos, love and hate, god and man, impotence and omnipotence. However, it resents its servitude to Order and Chaos, and has tried to break free several times. The In-Betweener was directly created by Order and Chaos and is looked upon by them as an agent. The Living Tribunal likened it to equity.
- Kronos- Once the ruler of Eternals of Earth. One of his experiments blew his atoms apart, so he now exists as a humanoid nebula. Apparently considered a cosmic entity with control over time and Power Cosmic on an universal level.
- Knull God of Symbiotes
- The Living Tribunal - Judge of the cosmic entities who ensures that the cosmic laws are obeyed, and safeguards the multiverse from mystical imbalance. It has declared itself to "transcend the realms of Death and Eternity, Order and Chaos. All the opposing realities", likening itself to all spectra and scales of dualities and balance. Before the Living Tribunal can act his three faces must reach a unanimous verdict; these represent Necessity, Vengeance and Equity. It claims to act as a representative for an even higher being, that has never been explicitly shown. The Tribunal is generally considered to be the most powerful of all known cosmic entities, although Mephisto compared him to merely "the biggest kid in the schoolyard", adding that he is none too forthcoming about the "headmaster". Note that the Tribunal rules over all of the Marvel Universe's alternate versions as well; an M-Body of the Living Tribunal is present in each universe of the Marvel multiverse.
- Logos - The self-proclaimed new order after the Marvel Universe was reborn in its eighth incarnation. Due to the First Firmament influence, Master Order and Lord Chaos killed the Living Tribunal and forced their agent, the In-Betweener, to become the uniting force in a fusion that combined all three into a single being therefore giving birth to Logos. However the merger was later undone and Logos as since ceased to exist after it was split apart into the individual beings that composed it.
- Lord Chaos - Embodies the universal concept of Chaos. Opposite of Master Order. Together with Master Order, Lord Chaos claims to be responsible for assigning fates to mortals. Likened to vengeance by the Living Tribunal. Master Order and Lord Chaos created the In-Betweener as a balance between them.
- Master Order - Embodies the universal concept of Order. Opposite of Lord Chaos. Likened to necessity by the Living Tribunal.
- Master Hate - The embodiment of hate
- Mistress Love - The embodiment of love
- Molecule Man
- Mephisto (comics)
- Numinus – A cosmic entity claiming to be the living embodiment of "numinosity" (compare noumenon, numinous), with the character's purpose to show sentient beings the wonder of the universe. Numinus was created by Jon Bogdanove and Gray Morrow, and first appeared in Power Pack #51 (December 1989). Numinus also received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #5, and appears in Groot #4 & 5 (Fall 2015).
- Oblivion - The counterpart of Death, but appears as a male. Embodies the nothingness from which everything came and will eventually return to. Perhaps better described as "the other side of the coin," and not as a fully separate entity from Death.
- The One Above All - The formal creator and leader of The Celestials. As Earth Prime will be the multiverse safe-zone, his formal group, under amnesia to maintain their power until they meet their creator, re-unite and manifest the final host. The material form of The One Above All who is himself restraining his cosmic abilities as Earth Prime, would be annihilated by his habitual Cosmic-Ruler powers.
- One Above All[O] - Also known as Above All Others, he is the God and creator of the Marvel Multiverse and the superior of the Living Tribunal.
- One Below All - The evil counterpart of One Above All, he is the Demon God of the Below-Place, the deepest layer of the Hell dimension, and the gamma radiation.
- Origin - A being apparently responsible for the existence of all superheroes and villains, by manipulating events and implanting ideas in their minds. Needs to incarnate in living bodies. Its enemy is the Un-Being.
- Phoenix Force - The culmination of all psionic energy that exists, has existed, or ever will exist, via sentient life, it has been described as "a manifestation of the prime universal force of life" and "the passion of creation". It has a tendency to materially manifest via telepathic mortals at which times it is often portrayed as being a powerful force throughout the Marvel universe. At other times, it is known to exist as a non-conscious essence of nature, devoid of interaction with the physical realms. The Phoenix Force is usually associated with the mortal mutant Jean Grey who serves as avatar/host of the Phoenix Force. Jean Grey had actually become one with the Force, with all others merely serving as temporary vessels. Currently, Jean Grey has been revived once again and requested that the Phoenix Force leave her be to live her life.
- The Proemial Gods - "Conceived through intent" by the Universe itself in the earliest stages of the creation event, as "order to balance chaos", and "caretakers", "tasked to maintain cosmic consonance". When Diableri of Chaos wished to impose his own will upon the Universe, a civil war broke out amongst them. Eventually, Diableri brought the war to Galactus. Galactus personally slew Diableri, and imprisoned the latter's two main lieutenants, Tenebrous of the Darkness Between and Aegis Lady of All Sorrows, possibly along with Antiphon the Overseer, within the Kyln. Brio of Life, tasked with the welfare of fledgling life-forms, is the fifth Proemial God known by name.
- Queen of Nevers - The embodiment of possibility and that which is not.
- The Second - Expressly male this mysterious entity is the first of a new breed and originator of the Omega Force, it is the incarnation of the second Marvel Universe.
- Shaper of Worlds
- The Sixth - Expressly male, he is the inventor of science, builder of the junction to everywhere. He is the embodiment of the sixth Marvel Universe incarnation. It is known that towards the period of multiversal renewal, in which he would give way for a new personification of the Multiverse to rise in his place, the Sixth Cosmos approached Galan of Taa and merged his essence with him, leading to the birth of Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, in the Seventh Cosmos.
- Stranger – A cosmic mystery. The Living Tribunal once stated that on the empty fourth side of its skull "there could have been the face of the Stranger", and "I bestride all dualities, but I am not unified! I judge the dualities, and must thus know their nature! I who could be all must be but a part! I must be apart!." The Stranger initially claimed to be a composite being, the result of the planet Gigantus' population merged into one entity, although this is likely a lie told by the Stranger to keep his true origin shrouded in mystery. The Stranger himself may not know his true origins, thus making him a stranger even to himself.
- Star Brand the Original
- Super-Ego - A sentient bio-verse of galactic proportions created by the Stranger, powerful enough to fight dozens of Celestials
- The Third - Expressly female this mysterious entity represents the continuation and is revealed to be the embodiment of the third incarnation of the Marvel Universe.
- Tyrant at original power.
- The Sentry/Void (Robert 'Bob' Reynolds).
- Un-Being - An agent of Oblivion, seeks to kill Origin and erase all reality. Apparently also needs to incarnate in living bodies.
- Uni-Lord - Ruler of an entire universe with powers like a god making him reality itself.
- Vishnu - Vishnu of Nirvana is one of Supreme Hindu God in Marvel Universe.
^ O: Not to be confused with the Celestial with the same name.
- Christiansen, Jeff. "ANOMALY". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- Fantastic Four vol.1, #319 (October, 1988)
- Heroes Return #1-4
- Infinity War #1-6
- Secret Wars I #1
- Thanos #7-10
- Silver Surfer #31
- Captain Marvel vol. 5 #2-6 (Oct. 2000)
- Quasar #23
- Quasar #26-27
- Ultimates 2 #100
- Ultimates 2 #100
- Ultimates 2 (Vol. 2) #5
- Super-Villain Classics #1 (May 1983)
- Quasar #38
- As seen FF volume 1, #262, known as "The Trial of Galactus".
- Silver Surfer vol. 3 #18
- The Last Galactus Story
- Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #4 (September 2009)
- Silver Surfer vol. 3 #10 (April 1988)
- Fantastic Four vol.1, #262
- Fantastic Four vol.1, #257
- Avengers: Infinity #1-6
- Quasar #25; Infinity War #6
- Ultimates 2 #100
- Infinity Gauntlet #5
- Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1
- Quasar #25
- Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #2
- Ultimates 2 #100
- Ultimates 2 #100
- Super-Villain Classics: Galactus the Origin #1
- Ultimates 2 #100
- Christiansen, Jeff. "UN-BEING". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
- Uni-Lord at ComicVine