Comparing whole superhero groups is always tough. There are several reasons for that. First of all, the roster of each group has changed over the years and it is difficult to pinpoint one exact roster for each of the groups to compare. Secondly, superhero groups are usually comprised of very different types of characters and it is generally difficult to evaluate a group’s strengths because the members don’t always complement each other. Finally, due to the individual differences between between the members, it is difficult to compare the groups, as a group might have some characters that are stronger or weaker, but that doesn’t really apply to the whole group. Still, despite all of these difficulties, we on Fiction Horizon have decided to give you a comparison of the Eternals and the Avengers. Enjoy!
Despite the individual differences, as a group, the Eternals would be able to defeat the Avengers, simply because they are more powerful than the Earth’s mightiest heroes. The Eternals are on a completely different level of powers that the Avengers, on a general note, cannot compete with.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two groups and their members, after which we are going to compare their powers on a general level, since it would be difficult to do it for each individual member. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two groups to determine which one would win in a direct clash. Enjoy!
Who are the Eternals in the Marvel Universe?
As stated above, the Eternals are a fictional race from the Marvel Universe. They are an essential part of Marvel’s cosmic stories and are part of the large cosmic narrative developed by Jack Kirby. Their debut was in the comic book The Eternals #1 (1976).
The Eternals are the “children” of the Celestials, who visited Earth one million years ago and conducted experiments on proto-humanity. Using these experiments, the Celestials would later create the humanoid Eternals and their monstrous counterparts, the Deviants. Although humanoid, the Eternals are not human and have much more powers than them.
They are also long-living – although not essentially immortal – and have a variety of different superpowers that make them non-human. Despite their superiority, the Eternals are generally good guys and have protected humanity on several occasions, especially against the destructive Deviants.
The Eternals also fought among themselves, with the two major conflicts being the internal war led by Kronos and the conflict against Thanos. The first civil was actually fought over whether the Eternals should conquer other races, with Kronos’ pacifistic fraction prevailing over Uranus’ side, which was in favor of war.
Uranus and his fraction then left and founded a separate colony. Later on, an experiment of Kronos’ backfired and destroyed the Eternals’ home, Titanos, but also created a new generation of Eternals by activating some of their latent genes. Later on, Thanos of Titan, an Eternal with the Deviant gene, almost destroyed the Eternals’ colony, but they managed to rebuild it and assisted other heroes in their fights against Thanos on several occasions.
The Eternals haven’t been featured in derivative material as a group, although some individual members have. The group is set to appear in The Eternals movie, thereby being integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As far as the members of the Eternals are concerned, they are usually divided into several generations, as follows:
- First Generation Eternal (those born before the fall of Titanos): Arlok, Astron, Daina, Kronos/Chronos/Chronus, Master Elo, Oceanus, Shastra, Thyrio, Uranos.
- Second Generation Eternal (those alive at the time of Chronus’s experiment): Mentor (A’lars), Amaa, Cybele, Forgotten One/Gilgamesh, Helios, Perse, Rakar, Tulayn, Valkin, Virako, Zuras.
- Third Generation Eternal (those born after Chronos’s experiment but before the Second Host): Aginar, Ajak, Arex, Atlo, Domo, Ikaris, Interloper, Mara, Phastos, Sigmar, Thanos, Thena, Veron, Zarin.
- Fourth Generation Eternal (those born after the coming of the Second Host, 20,000 years ago): Argos, Ceyote, Chi Demon, the Delphan brothers, Druig, Khoryphos, Makkari, Psykos, Sersi, Kingo Sunen, El Vampiro.
- Fifth Generation Eternal (those born after the coming of the Third Host, 3,000 years ago): Aurelle, Sprite, Titanis.
Are the Avengers the Earth’s mightiest heroes?
The Avengers are a fictional superhero group that operates within the Marvel Universe. They debuted in The Avengers #1 (1964), and were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Avengers have a longstanding tradition within the Marvel Universe and are one of the company’s biggest brands.
As far as Marvel is concerned, the Avengers are without a doubt the most famous and most popular superhero group. Labeled “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”, the Avengers originally consisted of Iron Man, the Wasp, the Hulk, Thor, and Ant-Man.
The original Captain America was discovered trapped in ice soon after their initial debut, and joined the group after they revived him. A rotating roster became a hallmark of the series, although one theme remained consistent: the Avengers fight “the foes no single superhero can withstand.”
The team, famous for its battle cry of “Avengers Assemble!”, has featured humans, superhumans, mutants, Inhumans, deities, androids, aliens, legendary beings, and even former villains.
The Avengers are the principal defenders of Earth and most of their members are actually Earth-based superheroes, although there have been certain exceptions. They have been protecting Earth from both internal and cosmic threats, but they have also participated in various cosmic clashes in order to save the whole universe, most notably against Thanos. As far as superhero groups go, the Avengers are Marvel’s #1 brand.
Some of the group’s prominent members are Ant-Man, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Agent Venom, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Beast, Black Knight, Black Panther, Black Widow, Blade, Captain Marvel, Crystal, Doctor Strange, Falcon, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Hellcat, Hercules, Human Torch, Hyperion, Invisible Woman, Iron Fist, Jane Foster, Justice, Luke Cage, Mister Fantastic, Mockingbird, Moondragon, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Nebula, Nova, Quicksilver, Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch, Shang-Chi, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Spider-Woman, Storm, Thing, Thor Girl, Tigra, Valkyrie, Vision, War Machine, Wasp (Hope Van Dyne), Winter Soldier, Wolverine, Wonder Man, and others.
What powers do the Eternals and the Avengers have?
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two groups’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Also, we won’t be doing individual comparisons, since that would take up too much space, but rather a general comparison of their powers. Now, let us begin.
Analyzing the powers of the Eternals is no easy thing. Namely, there are so many of them and each of them has its own special powers that it is quite difficult to give a general outline of their powers. Eternals are humanoid characters, yet the only trait they share with humans is their visual appearance. As far as their strength goes, they are superpowered cosmic entities whose strength is much higher than that of normal humans.
Each Eternal is “blessed” with superstrength, although the degrees vary between each individual Eternal. Compared to some other cosmic Entities, the Eternals are – despite their power – less powerful than the Celestials, for example, and even Thanos, who himself is an Eternal with the Deviants gene. They are equally as strong as the Deviants, their chaotic counterparts.
Eternals also have psionic abilities, which – again – vary between each individual Eternal. Some are more, and some are less skilled but they all have these abilities, no matter the degree. These psionic abilities are, in part, the reason why they can create and join the Uni-Mind, a special gestalt entity that grans them more power. Each Eternal can join the Uni-Mind, even the Titan cousins of the real Eternals.
Another important trait of the Eternals is that they can project cosmic energy from their hands and their eyes, which makes them extremely powerful in direct combat. Some of them can also harness energy to make them additionally stronger. The thing with the Eternals is that they usually specialize in specific fields, meaning that they focus their powers and manifest them in one specific form, which is why each individual Eternal is so specific.
Finally, we can state that the Eternals aren’t immortal, but they are so long-living and usually have regenerative abilities that they practically are. They can die and be killed, but live so long that it seems like they are completely immortal.
As far as the Avengers are concerned, determining their powers is even more difficult, as they are a very heterogenous group, while the Eternals, despite being unique among themselves, still belong to the same race. The Avengers are humans, mostly, in that aspect, but their powers certainly vary even more.
As far as strength is concerned, most Avengers have some degree of superstrength, which varies from Black Widow’s somewhat stronger physique to the Hulk’s or Thor’s enormous strength. On the other hand, there are those like Iron Man who are nothing without their technology, so their superpowers stem from there.
The Avengers are also more prone to using weapons and technology, especially those that have no inherent superpowers, although this is not a rule (e.g. Thor).
As far as psionic powers and energy manipulation are concerned, the Avengers truly vary, from those that have absolutely no such powers (e.g. Captain America, Hawkeye, Ant-Man), to those that heavily rely on it (e.g. Thor, Iron Man, some X-Men members). Also, there is a fair share of members that have magical powers, such as the Scarlet Witch or Doctor Strange.
As far as durability and longevity are concerned, the Avengers are generally very resilient, but this also varies. Human characters are generally mortal and vulnerable like any other human (e.g. you can kill Hawkeye or Black Widow with a gun), while there are others who are practically immortal and extremely resilient (e.g. the Hulk).
All in all, the powers of the Avengers depend, very much, on the roster of the team and this is the best we could come up with on a general level.
Eternals vs Avengers: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use the facts we now know out about these two groups and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. The Eternals and the Avengers are exceptionally interesting and it’s certainly going to be fun comparing them.
The basic difficulty here is determining the rosters to compare. The Eternals aren’t all that complex, since the generations are fixed and they’re actually a race, not a heterogenous group. The Avengers, on the other hand, are much more difficult to pick, as there are several dozen members to chose from. But, let us say that we have decided to go with the most famous Eternals roster on one side and the strongest Avengers roster on the other side.
The Eternals’ powers are much more potent than those of the Avengers. The Eternals are superhuman beings and there are only two Avengers – Thor and Hulk – who could really do some serious damage against them. Captain America and Iron Man, for example, might land some attacks, but they wouldn’t stand a chance against the Eternals’ powerful energy attacks.
Thor and Hulk would, on the other hand, cause a lot of problems for the Eternals, but seeing how the Eternals could easily deal with the rest of the Avengers, they could defeat these two by simply outnumbering them. This is also something that the Eternals could have a problem with, should they face every Avenger ever at the same time, but this is quite unlikely.
Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange would also pose a problem for the Eternals, but there doesn’t seem to be any indication that the guys who are on the same power level as Thanos could not defeat them. All in all, there doesn’t seem to be any chance for the Avengers and that is why we conclude that the Eternals would defeat the Avengers in a direct clash.
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