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.
Throughout the rich history of Marvel comics, there have been dozens of Eternals. Some are weaker, some are stronger, but they all possess the powers to be amongst the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe. Here are 20 of the strongest Eternals, ranked by how powerful they are.
20. The Uni-Mind
The Uni-Mind is the greatest gift from the Celestials to the Eternals. The Uni-Mind has neither race nor gender and consists of light, spirit and pure energy. It arises when several Eternals come together and unite their will and their intelligence.
The Prime Eternal is usually the only one able to invoke the Uni-Mind ritual, which is determined either by heredity or by battle in the Hall of Eternal Judgment.
In recent years, however, the concept of Uni-Mind has evolved to such an extent that a gathering of Eternals could possibly form a Uni-Mind. When Makkari, Thena, Sersi and Druig were put into human form and attacked at a party, a Uni-Mind miner bound them together subconsciously enough to reactivate their eternal abilities.
Pixie is a superhero belonging to the universe of Marvel Comics. She first appeared in Marvel: The Lost Generation #12. Pixie is an Eternal member of First Line; she was often associated with Oxbow, an archer who was on the same team. She has been active as a superheroine from the 1950s until recently. She was one of the few survivors after the explosion of a Skrull ship.
According to Civil War: Battle Damage Report, Pixie is considered a potential recruit by the Project Initiative. Pixie uses a powder (pixie dust) that turns people into stone. She also possesses the classic characteristics of the Eternals: the power to fly, increased longevity, superhuman strength and stamina.
Little is known about the history of Phastos. He is part of the third generation of the Eternals who decided to stay on Earth (his own reasons are not known, but it is believed that he would have stayed to find a specific person or object).
He was the teacher of Sigmar the Eternal. Over the centuries, he had relationships with humans, who gave him different names: Vulcan, Hephaestus, etc.
Phastos is a genius inventor. It is he who created most of the technological machines of the Eternals. Its base is now located in Germany, in the Ruhr valley. When Sprite used the Heavenly Dreamer to make all the Eternals amnesiac and rewrite their lives, Phastos became Philip Stoss, a German automotive engineer. He was found and ‘awakened’ by Ikaris and Thena.
We see him again in the Saga of the Deviants, where he guarded with Virako, Karkas, and Ransak the City of the Eternals. He helped the god Thor find a powerful destructive artifact, stolen by Ereshkigal, and prevent the destruction of the universe.
Phastos is an Eternal, he has all the powers inherent in this race. He is immortal and does not fear disease. Its healing capacity is extraordinary. It can, however, be killed if its molecules are too dispersed.
His superhuman strength allows him to lift nearly 25 tons. He controls cosmic energy, which allows him to fly (at nearly 900km / h), create illusions, transform matter and even teleport. He uses a special hammer that generates bursts of unknown energy. He is a genius in the field of technology and inventions.
An Eternal, Vampiro lived on Earth for many years, eventually took a wife and made a career as a professional wrestler. He was a crowd favorite because Vampiro never lost a competition until he faced an opponent called El Toro Rojo. Shortly after their match, Vampiro realized that El Toro Rojo had a secret of its own.
He was part of the deadly and Eternal hateful race called the Deviants. Their fight did not last long afterwards, as Vampiro was stabbed by the horns of El Toro Rojo and had to be transported out of the ring.
Vampiro struggled to get home alone and almost fell from the sky when Thor grabbed him in the air. Vampiro spoke to Thor about his problems and invited him to his home.
Soon after, they were attacked by El Toro Rojo, who, although he knew that Vampiro could not be killed, wanted to continue punishing him. Thor came to Vampiro’s aid immediately and fought El Toro Rojo until he turned back into Doctor Donald Blake.
Vampiro had a chance to repay the god of thunder when he saved Blake’s life by rushing to him and rescuing him before he was hit against a wall and killed. El Toro Rojo left his enemies defeated and Vampiro had a chance to recover when Thor agreed to hunt down his enemy before he could return.
After the Asgardian defeated El Toro Rojo, Thor felt that Vampiro would be gone long before El Toro Rojo could heal and torment him again. Vampiro later reappeared as a member of Druig’s Eternals and fought against Ikkaris.
Vampiro has superhuman strength and the ability to fly alone. Vampiro has fangs like a traditional vampire, but it is not yet known if he will act like a normal vampire. Vampiro presumably possesses the traditional powers that all Eternals possess. Vampiro is a talented wrestler.
Sprite is one of the Eternals. Sprite was created in Olympia, home of the Eternals, about one and a half million years ago; the peculiarity of him is that of having the appearance of an eleven-year-old child, an aspect that will accompany him throughout his life, filling him with bitterness.
In fact, Sprite would like to be able to behave like an adult, but the other Eternals do not treat him as such; for example, he is rejected by the beautiful Sersi, with whom he is in love, only for the appearance of him. Sprite also enjoys making fun of others (humans and Eternals): he introduces himself, for example, to James Matthew Barrie dressed in green, inspiring him the story of Peter Pan.
Sprite possesses the typical powers of all the Eternals: immortality (if he dies, he is reborn in Olympia), strength and speed above the human average (even if he never uses them), levitation. Sprite is also a shaper, that is an Eternal who possesses a strong ability to shape matter, easily transforming objects or living beings.
The boy also possesses the ability to create illusions, so powerful as to deceive even the most powerful Eternals; this power, reinforced by the Uni-Mind with Tiamut, allowed him to alter reality at will.
Druig is one of the more powerful Eternals. In the twentieth century, he was an agent of the KGB, which employed him to torture prisoners of war. When the Celestial Zirann arrived in Polaria, the Siberian city, he tried to kill him but he was mortally wounded by his cousin Ikaris. His remains were recovered by the Celestials.
Druig is seen again in the miniseries Eternals, in 2006, as prime minister of Vorozheika, an independent state located in Russia. He organized the kidnapping of scientists during an embassy party organized by Circe (all the Eternals then unaware of their origin, except Ikaris).
During the hostage-taking, his mercenaries panicked and made him lose control of the situation. It was then that he ‘woke up’.
He returned to Vorozheika and, with his newfound powers, ordered a bloody coup. Recently, Druig has set out to find other ‘dormant’ Eternals (whom he ‘awakens’ by altering memories), with the goal of stopping the Dreaming Heavenly and becoming the undisputed leader of his race.
As Eternal, Druig possesses all the powers of his race. He mastered his control of cosmic energy and became a master of control. He can hypnotize with a simple glance, or even control machines from a distance. Telepathic, he can read the memories of others and hide his presence.
14. Grom/The Over-Mind
Grom is an alien belonging to the Eternals race of Eyung, born on the planet Eternus. Grom was a warlord, and he wiped out many species. He was also the champion of arena fights. When the Eyungs launched a war against the Gigantians, the two races found themselves on the verge of extinction.
Grom was then chosen to become the Overmind, the receptacle for billions of surviving spirits, and was sent to a space capsule, cryostased for millennia, allowing him to assimilate the spirits into one. The Overmind is an alien with vast psychic powers, thanks to the billions of spirits that make up its essence.
He has gifts of telepathy, telekinesis, illusion projection, over great distances. However, under stress, he loses his concentration, and therefore his power. He frequently uses very precise mental scanning, and his victims are oblivious to it, until he desires to come forward. He can mentally influence nearly 800 people with ease.
At full strength, he has already shown himself to be a strong opponent for the Foreigner. His telekinesis allows him to lift a few tons. By focusing this power on a specific point, it can generate explosions of force powerful enough to warp steel up to 10 feet away.
He is a great warrior, possessing colossal stamina and strength. His weakness is that he cannot control the Eternals. He is also vulnerable to magic.
Starfox, whose real name is Eros, was created by Mike Friedrich (text) and Jim Starlin (text and art). His first appearance was in Iron Man #55 as a short cameo, with his real debut in Captain Marvel #27, where he helped the Avengers and Mar-Vell fight Thanos.
Eros is the son of Mentor, a member of the race of Eternals who emigrated to the satellite of Saturn known as Titan. Brother of the mad Thanos, he was completely different from him, both in appearance (Eros was born with a human aspect) and in personality: Thanos is shady, violent, treacherous and cruel, Eros cheerful and carefree.
He later became a permanent member of the Avengers while Roger Stern was writing the stories, in Avengers #230. Being a half-Eternal, Starfox is endowed with very slow aging and is endowed with superhuman strength and endurance. In addition, he is able to fly and his body has an invisible aura that allows him to survive in the absence of air for about an hour.
The most peculiar power of his is his ability to stimulate the pleasure centers of the minds of others, able to provide different emotions, from a simple euphoria up to blind love, passing through sexual attraction.
Ard-Con was a Kree Eternal, a sub-race created long ago as part of the Celestial experiments. He may have met Odin and claimed the name brought back distant memories, but he also believed Odin was no longer alive. Along with other Kree Eternals, Ard-Con traveled through space and came to Earth 4,000 years ago.
After being mistaken for gods by the Celts, all of the Kree Eternals soon went, with the exception of Ard-Con, who lived there for a millennium but was soon imprisoned by Tantalus.
Ultimus is a Kree Eternal. As a result, he possesses superhuman powers similar to those of Eternal Earth and the Titan, who are offshoots of humanity itself. His instinct allows him to find any place he remembers.
Ultimus is a good hand-to-hand fighter. He is very well suited for the use of his energetic powers, coupled with his great strength in combat situations. He also has some skills and knowledge of Druidic magical rites, rituals, and incantations.
Zuras is one of the Eternals; he was created by Jack Kirby. He first appeared in Eternals #5 in 1976. Zuras is the son of Eternals Kronos and Daina. Her brother is Mentor. He is married to Cybele, and they have a daughter named Thena.
Zuras was the first Eternal to form the Uni-mind, and he was chosen by his fellows to rule them on the death of Kronos. Humanity has confused him several times with the god Zeus in the past, and the latter has made a pact with the leader of the Eternals so that there is no war between them.
When Kro wreaked havoc in the 1940s, Zuras sent Makkari to fight him. He also exiled Gilgamesh, reclaimed his name (he became the Forgotten), and forbade the Eternals to communicate with him. Zuras also allowed Thena to resume the fight against the Deviants and Zakka in New York. He also helped government agent Bradford study the Celestials.
When the Fourth Visit of the Celestials took place, he allied himself with Odin, and he formed the Uni-Mind to fight them. His attempt was unsuccessful, and he was apparently killed. Sprite used Olympia’s machines to resuscitate Zuras, and he tricked him into showing him around the tomb of the Heavenly Dreamer. This allows him to rewrite the memories of the Eternals.
Zuras, therefore, found himself in the shoes of an old alcoholic homeless man. Ajak found him and gave him back his memories. Finally, Zuras found Sprite and broke his neck. Zuras possesses all the powers unique to the Eternals. He is probably one of the most powerful members of the species.
The Interloper is a hermit of the race of the Eternals. He is the great enemy of the Moon Dragon. The two clashed several times over the centuries. For their last fight, the Interloper joined forces with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He then spent centuries, isolated in the Siberian countryside, where he was once found by a half-mad man.
The Interloper took him under his wing and taught him mastery of his psychic abilities. The man later became Manslaughter. One day, he sensed that the Moon Dragon had awakened and set off for New Mexico, where he encountered the Defenders. Together, they hunted the dragon.
At the end of the fight, while Dragon Moon and the Gargoyle had been possessed by the monster, the Interloper, the Valkyrie, Andromeda, and Manslaughter sacrificed themselves to defeat the entity.
Their souls and the Dragon crossed the border of the Land of the Dead, where they remained trapped. Doctor Strange transferred their souls to the bodies of recently deceased people, for a limited time, in order to fight Erlik Khan. They subsequently encountered the Cloak and the Sword, and faced Nightmare. Then the Doctor sent them back to their trap dimension.
There, they fought against the nefarious influence of the Moon Dragon, and to thank them, Vishanti brought them back to life. The Interloper, therefore, returned to earth, in the form of a truck driver named Will Fanshawe, a sort of were-bear.
He very quickly fought the Spirits of Air, Earth, and Water. Eventually, the Interloper and the Defenders found the Dragon, hidden in Manchester. The Dragon Circle finally succeeds in defeating him. It is not known what has become of him since. The Interloper has all the powers of his kind, the Eternals.
Of enormous stature, weighing nearly 300 kg, it can lift 40 tons. He possesses the Cloak of Fear, an artifact that prevents humans from looking at him or approaching him. A special gift allows him to hunt down the Moon Dragon.
9. The Forgotten One/Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh is a member of the race of the Eternals, and possesses a number of superhuman abilities common to the Eternals, but has trained some of them much more than normal. Although his exact limits are unknown, his immense superhuman strength makes him the strongest Eternal known, except for Thanos. His strength has been seen to rival that of Thor, Hercules, and Hulk.
Like all other Eternals, the Forgotten One is practically immortal. He has not aged since he reached adulthood and is immune to all known diseases. In addition, its body is highly durable and resistant to physical damage. He is capable of withstanding large-caliber bullets, drops from great heights, powerful shocks, and extreme temperatures without being injured.
That said, it is possible to permanently or fatally injure him by disrupting the mental discipline he maintains over his body, which normally allows him to control each of his molecules and thus regenerate any damaged or destroyed tissue.
Other abilities he has in common with most other Eternals include the power to levitate and fly at high speed, project rays of shocking force or heat with his eyes and hands, and manipulate matter.
It is not known to what degree these powers have developed compared to other Eternals, but the first two mentioned are believed to be within average. Being blind has made him develop the rest of his senses enormously, which makes him an excellent hunter and tracker.
The Forgotten One is one of the Eternals’ most skilled melee combatants. He possesses an extraordinary ability to fight hand, and knows most of the martial arts created by the ancient civilizations of Earth. He sometimes wears combat armor of unknown composition, and is usually armed with simple hand weapons such as an ax, a spear or a mace.
Sersi is a member of the fourth generation of the Eternals. She is the daughter of Eternals, Helios, and Perse, and was likely born in Olympia, Greece, sometime after the Great Cataclysm that destroyed the continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, during a prolonged ice age known as the Age of the Hiborians.
At an early age, Sersi differed from her Eternal companions hers in her desire to live among humans. It was during her time in ancient Mesopotamia that Sersi met Captain America, who had traveled through time.
While Sersi still had the appearance of a girl at this time, she was already thousands of years old. Sersi has a talented intellect and superhuman strength, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes.
Sersi possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy to increase her life force, granting her virtual invulnerability and immortality, the ability to project cosmic energy from her eyes or hands in the form of heat, light, or shocking force, and possibly other powers. Sersi is resistant to cold, disease, electricity, energy, heat, radiation, and toxin attacks.
She does not age, and can only be killed if her atoms are scattered. Sersi possesses total mental control over her physical form, granting her virtual invulnerability and immortality.
Makkari is one of the Eternals and was created by Tiamut, the Celestial Sleeper, who wished to have a specimen with the gift of speed in the ranks of the Eternals. Makkari has been known by many names over the millennia. In Ancient Egypt he teaches writing to humans, who call him Toth. In Ancient Rome he is recognized as Mercury, the god of travel and transport.
All those years Makkari remains faithful to his leader, Zuras, is a friend of Ikaris, Ajak and Thena and opposes the attempts of Eternals like Druig or Gilgamesh to rebel; he also often has romantic relationships with Sersi, even if the two break up and make up very frequently.
Makkari possesses the abilities of all the Eternals: he has the ability to manipulate matter and energy, he is endowed with strength and resistance much higher than those of a normal human being, he has a force field in contact with the skin that is activated for protecting it, it has a very fast healing capacity, it can breathe underwater, it can levitate, it can exercise limited telepathy and it does not age.
Furthermore, if he were killed, his body would be recreated, adult and with the memories intact, in the Activation Chamber located in Olympia.
Makkari also has abilities that other Eternals don’t have. He can run, move and think at a speed close to that of light: when he does, in fact, the colors in front of him tend to red, behind him tend to blue (these two colors are at the two opposite ends of the visible spectrum).
He can also communicate with the Celestials: after having this gift, Makkari was also able to bring a dead man back to life by laying on his hands and saying: “Heal”, a sign of the divine powers that Tiamut wanted to give him.
Thena has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and is a skilled swordsman.
Thena also possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy to increase her life force, granting her virtual invulnerability and immortality, the ability to project cosmic energy from her eyes or hands in the form of heat, light, or concussive force, and possibly other powers.
Thena has total mind control over his physical form, granting virtual invulnerability and immortality.
She also has the ability to levitate herself and thus fly at superhuman speed, the psionic ability to rearrange the molecular structure of objects, the ability to cast illusions to mask her appearance and that of others from the perceptions of normal humans, the ability to teleport herself and others with her and the ability to initiate the formation of the Uni-Mind.
Thena has a brilliant intellect and has studied with the greatest eternal and human scholars throughout her life. She is highly educated in numerous areas of eternal and human knowledge. Thena is also a formidable hand-to-hand fighter, with extensive training in unarmed combat and the use of many ancient and eternal high-tech weapons.
Thena wears armor of unknown composition. She carries a bow that shoots arrows that release “cold energy”, and she carries an energy spear that surrounds the victims with a ring of intense heat and light, or bombards them with anti-gravitons.
Ikaris takes its name from a tragic accident that took place hundreds of years before his birth. While fighting deviants in ancient Greece, the Eternal, later known as Ikaris, met and married a human woman. The two fathered a son named Icarus, who loved to soar in the air with his father over the seas and mountains of Greece.
Once, the Eternal made his son a pair of mechanical wings so that he could fly alongside him. When his father disappeared while he was fighting the Deviants, the young Icarus tried to follow him using his mechanical wings.
For too much inexperience in flight, the young Icarus hovered too high in the air, losing consciousness in the high atmosphere, falling towards his death. Thus, having found his dead son, the Eternal took his name, Ikaris, in remembrance.
Ikaris has the typical powers of all the Eternals: he does not age and if he were killed he would be reborn in Olympia in the reactivation room with the body already an adult and the memories intact; he is able to manipulate matter at the molecular level; he is able to levitate objects effortlessly (even a plane); he is almost invulnerable, given the presence of a continuous force field in contact with his skin; he is much stronger and more robust than a normal man and his healing ability is very fast.
The Eternal can also exercise weak mind control: in the fifth issue of Secret Invasion, for example, Ikaris convinces Hercules that he is the Forgotten Eternal. Ikaris is also endowed with powers that other Eternals do not have: he can emit energy beams from his eyes and fly at enormous speeds (other Eternals can only levitate).
Thane is Thanos’ secret Inhuman son. After a descending inhuman tribe clashed with Thanos and his army, an Inhuman woman returned home pregnant with Thanos’ child. Years later, Thanos began looking for his prodigal son, and his search eventually led him to Earth. Using the coordinates of the locations of Inhuman tribes on earth, the Illuminati went in search of Thanos’ son.
Unfortunately, the Illuminati member Strane found in Greenland, Doctor Strange, was controlled by Ebony Maw, one of Thanos ‘lieutenants who used his powers to make Strange forget that he had found Thanos’ son, still, the Terrigenese had not been submitted.
When Thanos fought Black Bolt in Attilan, the inhuman king detonated a Terrigen bomb that terrigenically subjected anyone with inhuman genes to the surface of the entire earth.
Thane’s powers were released, killing everyone in his city. As soon as the Avengers arrived in Orollan to defeat Thanos, Ebony Maw tested Thane by freeing him. Thane could escape or fight Thanos and become what he has avoided all his life.
The boy agreed and assumed his true nature as the son of Thanos by fighting his father. With the strength of his right hand, Thane held Thanos and his last loyal general, Proxima Midnight, trapped in an amber-colored construct that left them in a “living dead” state.
After Thanos was defeated, Ebony Maw began disciplining Thane to become something worse than anything Thanos could have dreamed of, a better man than him. Thane’s left hand had the ability to instantly change the economics of existence. He lacked control over his power, so everyone in a certain radius was killed by him.
Thane’s right hand projected an orange construction that held everyone within a certain radius of him, leaving them in a “living dead” state.
Ajak was born thousands of years ago in the city of Polaria, built by the Eternals, in the Ural Mountains, Russia. Ajak is an Eternal, the son of Raka and Amaa. He has a brother, Arex.
Ajak has been known since ancient times under different names such as Ajak the Great (while his brother was nicknamed Ajak the Small) by the ancient Greeks, such as Quetzoalcoatl by the Aztecs and Tecumotzin by the Incas.
Ajak first feat dates back to a battle against the Deviants that took place in Babylon 2500 years ago. He even met Thor and allied with him to face Dromédan. Ajak possesses a diverse range of powers, like all other Eternals.
He is able to manipulate cosmic energy and manipulates the structure of objects at the molecular level, has total control over his physical form, is virtually immortal and can in fact easily heal from most of the wounds inflicted on him.
Ajak also has superhuman physical strength, is able to fly and manipulate gravity. He can produce heat and light which he releases through optical rays. Ajak can join with other Eternals to form Unimente and possesses the ability to communicate with Celestials.
He is also a good hand-to-hand fighter and has good archaeological knowledge. Ajak usually wears armor made from an unknown metal alloy made in Polaria.
Thanos was inspired by the Freudian concept of “Thanatos”, just like his brother, Eros, was inspired by the Freudian concept of the same name. Thanos was born on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons as a member of the Eternals. He is the son of A’lars and Sui-San, two Eternals, but also a carrier of the Deviants gene, which explains his physical experience.
Believing him to be a threat to the universe, his mother wanted him killed, but his father stopped her. As a child, he was a pacifist and would only play with his brother and their pets. Later on, he became fascinated with nihilism and the concept of death, eventually falling in love with Mistress Death, the embodiment of Death in the Marvel universe.
He is immortal, has superhuman strength, speed and durability, he is practically invulnerable, can teleport and regenerate, he can manipulate matter, use telepathic abilities, manipulate energy, and even fly; he also has superhuman intelligence. In that aspect, Thanos is a truly formidable foe, but he is not the strongest one around.
Finally, the thing that makes Thanos so powerful is the Deviants gene he has, but also his years of training and preparation. Thanos is a very determined and focused character. He has a goal and a mission, and his determination is such that he will not hesitate to do anything he deems necessary to fulfill his goals, no matter what the costs.
Kronos or Chronos is the most powerful among the Eternals, although he himself is not invincible. He was created by Mike Friedrich (texts) and Jim Starlin (texts and drawings). He made his debut in the comic series The Invincible Iron Man #55 (1973).
The entity Kronos first appears when, using the soul of Arthur Douglas, an Earthman killed by Thanos, he creates Drax the Destroyer, a being destined to kill Thanos himself. Later, in a flashback, it was revealed that originally, many millennia ago, the character belonged to the race of the Eternals and led a rebellion against the tyrannical regime of Uranos.
Becoming king, Kronos had two sons Zuras (later leader of the Eternals) and A’lars (who left Earth and reached Titan where he became known as Mentor).
Later, during an experiment with cosmic energy, he accidentally ended up being nebulized. However, his life force was so great that the character survived, continuing to exist in an astral form with amplified powers and cosmic abilities. Kronos was originally one of the Eternals of the Earth. Due to an explosion caused by a failed experiment, he lost his physical form.
The released energy transformed him into an abstract being, becoming an entity endowed with enormous cosmic power. To be perceived by lower beings, he usually manifests himself as a huge semi-transparent humanoid figure.