Many people think that the Marvel storyline and characterization is very simple and lenient in nature. But it isn’t the case the Marvel Universe too has many many hidden secrets and unknown territories which are yet to be explored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Comics is enriched with various unique races and species. One of such unique and known species in the Marvel Universe is ‘Celestials’. So let’s know who are the Celestials? And the complete history of the Celestials in the Marvel Universe.
Origin of Celestials in Comics
Celestials are cosmic beings who first appeared in the mid 70’s. The cosmic beings were created by the legendary comic book artist and writer ‘Jack Kirby’. The Celestials made their comics debut in 1976 from ‘The Eternals #2’. From there on the cosmic forces have been making appearances in the Marvel Universe. It’s believed that the Celestials are the original cosmic beings of the Marvel Universe. And the cosmic beings are also responsible for the creation of Eternals, Deviants and even the mutants.
The Deviants are another powerful race who have access to some advanced and extraordinary scientific advancements. Deviants were the second hosts who were sent to the Earth by the Celestials, almost 21,000 years ago. However, the Deviants decided to dominate the human species. They conquered most of the land and created their vast empire. Eventually these acts of the Deviants resulted in creating mayhem and destruction in the Deviants homeland. The Celestials destroyed Lemuria and Atlantis. Somehow the Deviants survived but lost their Kingdom and supremacy on the Planet.
They are a human-like appearing race who have access to godly powers. They often get mistaken for Gods because of their powers. Unlike their counterparts the Deviants, the Eternals focus on helping the improving the civilization of humans. The Eternals are almost immortal in nature. There are multiple generations of Eternals. The First Generation of Eternals consist of heroes like Arlok, Astron, Daina, Master Elo, Oceanus, Shastra, Thyrio, Uranos and Kronos. Whereas the other generations have some notable figures like Ikaris, Ajak, Phastos, Thena, Sprite, El Vampiro, Aurelle, Khoryphos and Thanos.
History of the Celestials
The origin and history of the Celestials is quite complicated as the Marvel Universe hasn’t unfolded all the layers of their origin and history. But has given sufficient information and hints to understand the cosmic beings’ origin and history. First of all whenever we look at the Celestials we should not isolate them and look at their origin separately. As the storyline and pilot of the Eternals, Deviants and Celestials. Is interconnected and should be analyzed as a whole. Initially the Celestials were referred to as ‘Space Gods’ but with time it was established they aren’t Gods but are cosmic beings with godly powers.
However, in the later issues of the Marvel Comics it was revealed that the Celestials themselves have a creator: the First Firmament, a living embodiment of the very first universe. The desire of Celestials to allow their creation to live and evolve on its own led to an epic war between the Celestials and their counterpart ‘Aspirants’. This war between the two was so devastating that it shattered the First Firmament.
Celestials in the MCU
The Celestials haven’t been fully explored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the cosmic beings have appeared in several Marvel movies like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘Eternals’ and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. People have seen the glimpse or let’s say a full fledged introduction of the supremely powered cosmic beings in the 2021 movie ‘Eternals’. From here onwards it would be interesting to see how and where Marvel utilizes the Celestials in their upcoming ventures.
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Who are the Celestials? Complete History of the Celestials