The Eternals are an extremely powerful race of cosmic humanoids. They are much stronger than regular humans, but are weaker than Thanos and the Celestials, among others. Their power could be compared to the power of the Deviants, their chaotic counterparts.
Saying that, in the rest of the article, we are going to tell you a bit about the Eternals and we are going to give you a list of some famous representatives. Finally, we are going to list their powers and compare them to some similarly strong characters (Thanos, Celestials, Deviants, …) so you can get a better perspective on how powerful are the Eternals.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Who Are the Eternals?
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 Creation and Nature of the Eternals
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 Deviants and Thanos
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.
Currently, there are dozens of named and known Eternals in the Marvel Universe, with the complete list being even bigger (about 1,000, as is presumed), since a lot of them have never been identified.
Since listing all of them would not be pragmatic, we have decided to name some representatives of each of the five generations of Eternals, as officially divided by the comic book authors. Here they are:
- 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.
Now that we’ve told you all the important basics, let us discuss the powers of the Eternals.
How Strong Are the Eternals?
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. But, we at Fiction Horizon have – of course – done that for you and we are now going to present a general outline of all the non-specific powers each Eternal has.
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 grants 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. A good example is Thanos, who is not immortal, but is usually depicted as practically being an immortal character.