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| relatives = Inapplicable; metaphorically: [[Infinity]] (sibling/mate),[[Death (embodiment)|Death]] (sibling), [[Oblivion]] (sibling), [[Galactus]] (sibling/father/son), [[Eon]] (offspring), [[Empathy]] (offspring), [[Eulogy]] (offspring), [[Expediency]] (offspring), [[Entropy]] (offspring), [[Epiphany]] (offspring), [[Enmity]] (offspring)
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| relatives = Inapplicable; has referred to [[Infinity]] as his mate; has referred to [[Death (embodiment)|Death]], [[Oblivion]], [[Galactus]], [[Empathy]], [[Eulogy]], [[Expediency]], [[Entropy]], [[Epiphany]] and [[Enmity]] as offspring
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| groups = [[The Friendless]]
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| eyes = Black with stars
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| powers = Eternity is said to be the embodiment of time, as [[Infinity]] is the embodiment of space. Together, Eternity and Infinity make up the space-time continuum. However Eternity cannot really be considered a separate entity from Infinity (as discovered by [[Adam Warlock]] in the Infinity Trilogy). As such, Eternity (i.e. Eternity/Infinity) is considered to be the embodiment of all things in the universe. As the universal embodiment, Eternity is considered omnipotent within his sphere of influence, that is, the universe. The [[Living Tribunal]] once said that Eternity is the [[Infinity Gauntlet]] weilder's equal in all ways. The [[Living Tribunal]] is the only power in the Omniverse that is unquestionably more powerful than Eternity.
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| powers = Eternity is the embodiment of time, and possesses within itself near-omnipotent cosmic powers, drawing upon the energy of all that exsists along the temporal axis. As an abstract entity, Eternity utilizes the Dimension of Manifestations to create an M-Body (Manifestation Body) when interacting with physical beings. When merged with Infinity, Eternity possesses the combined power of the entire space/time continuum.
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| debut = Strange Tales #138 (1965)
| debut = Strange Tales #138 (1965)
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bio_text= Eternity came into existence when the universe was formed (along with [[Death (embodiment)|Death]], [[Oblivion]], and [[Infinity]]) and spontaneously assumed the collective consciousness of all living things in the Universe. He is every living thing and every living thing is him; thus he controls everything in all plains of existence with the exception of the [[Living Tribunal]], who maintains the cosmic balance of power. Eternity is the physical incarnation of time, whereas his sister [[Infinity]] represents space. Also, if [[Galactus]] ever dies or does not exist, the opposite of Eternity, [[Abraxas]], would come into being. Eternity is guarded by [[Captain Universe]].
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The origin and precise nature of the abstract being known as Eternity are unknown and unknowable. As the sentience of the univere, Eternity is the sum total of the collective consciousness of all living things in the universe, the embodiment of their life as Death is the embodiment of the ending of that life.
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The origin and precise nature of the abstract being known as Eternity are unknown and unknowable. It is the sum total of collective consciousness of all living things in the universe, the embodiment of their life as Death is the embodiment of the ending of that life.
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It is theorized that Eternity (along with [[Death (embodiment)|Death]], [[Oblivion]], and [[Infinity]]) came into existence at the precise instant of the big bang. The current universe was birthed from the ashes of the previous universe, the native universe of Galan ([[Galactus]]' previous mortal self). As the embodiment of the universe, Eternity is the supreme being of this reality. Eternity is everything and he controls everything in the prime material plane. However since it is not in Eternity's nature to act as a being, he generally does not take direct action in steering the destiny of the universe. Rather, Eternity just meditates on the pure idea of continuity. That is to say Eternity merely sets things into motion that cause a sequence of events that likely ensures the continued existence of the universe that he embodies.
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Unlike Death, which Eternity refers to as it's sibling, Eternity does not often take an active hand in the dealings of the trillions of lives that make up it's total. However, since controlling the being Eternity allows the controller to wield Eternity's unlimited Powers over the beings that make it up, this entity is a target for extra-dimensional attackers of various abilities. Usually Eternity can deflect such attacks without significant exertion, but on occasion has had to bring it's own servants into play. While not as organized as the "death-gods" that serve Death, these servants are usually powerful individuals, such as [[Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)|Doctor Strange]], who may combat the attackers on their own mortal levels. These servants have a vested interest in seeing Eternity survive intact, as Eternity makes their very existence possible.
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Only in the direst of circumstances does Eternity directly intervene, as when he confronted Thanos when the former was in possession of the [[Infinity Gaunlet]] -- a collection of six Infinity Gems that when used in unison allowed Thanos complete mastery over the Mind, Space, Time, Reality, Power, and the Soul.
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Eternity does not usually take sides in the eternal struggle between good and evil. Eternity is only concerned with the continued existence of all that is (an arguably selfish motivation which is only incidentally benevolent). As a passive being, his power has time and again been used by others for evil ends.
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Such was the case when the powerful extra-dimensional being known as [[Nightmare]] attempted to seize Eternity from the inside, using all sleeping sentient beings (usually one-third of the total lifeforms in the universe and therefore a powerful minority of Eternity) to drive Eternity to sleep, thereby putting Eternity under Nightmare's control. In this state, Eternity was induced to dream planet [[Earth]]'s obliteration. Doctor Strange, who possessed the Gift of Extended Life, did not die, and journeyed to Nightmare's realm, there to free Eternity and persuade him to recreate Earth. As Eternity is the sum total of all living forces, destruction of Eternity may eradicate the universe, and with it all other quasi-physical entities. Death and Eternity exist as partners, not competitors, and Death has never shown and "rivalry" (at least until the [[Infinity Gauntlet (event)|Infinity Gauntlet]], one such event that comes to mind) against it's "sibling". Eternity, for its part, has rarely shown any interest in the pieces that make it up, though if given sufficient threat (on the level of the [[Beyonder]], for example) would willingly sacrifice part of its infinite existence (and the planets, stars, and lifeforms that make up that existence) to foil such a foe.
Such was the case when the powerful extra-dimensional being known as [[Nightmare]] attempted to seize Eternity from the inside, using all sleeping sentient beings (usually one-third of the total lifeforms in the universe and therefore a powerful minority of Eternity) to drive Eternity to sleep, thereby putting Eternity under Nightmare's control. In this state, Eternity was induced to dream planet [[Earth]]'s obliteration. Doctor Strange, who possessed the Gift of Extended Life, did not die, and journeyed to Nightmare's realm, there to free Eternity and persuade him to recreate Earth. As Eternity is the sum total of all living forces, destruction of Eternity may eradicate the universe, and with it all other quasi-physical entities. Death and Eternity exist as partners, not competitors, and Death has never shown and "rivalry" (at least until the [[Infinity Gauntlet (event)|Infinity Gauntlet]], one such event that comes to mind) against it's "sibling". Eternity, for its part, has rarely shown any interest in the pieces that make it up, though if given sufficient threat (on the level of the [[Beyonder]], for example) would willingly sacrifice part of its infinite existence (and the planets, stars, and lifeforms that make up that existence) to foil such a foe.
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Also, there is the time when Eternity appeared to testify on the behalf of [[Mister Fantastic]], at the urging of Galactus, when Reed was abducted by a group of survivors of Galactus' feedings. Eternity testified that Reed acted out of compassion, and not out of malice, in reviving Galactus. Saying that Galactus does indeed play a part in the universe, the accusers were satisfied, and Reed was released.
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Also, there is the time when Eternity appeared to testify on the behalf of [[Mister Fantastic]], when he was abducted by a group of survivors of Galactus' feedings. Eternity testified that Reed acted out of compassion, and not out of malice, in reviving Galactus. Saying that Galactus does indeed play a part in the universe, the accusers were satisfied, and Reed was released. Other events include Eternity's involvement with the Infinity Gauntlet affair.
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Current revision as of 01:32, 17 June 2009

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Inapplicable

Aliases
Sai Anand, Socrates Carvopolis, Entropy, Ivan, Adam Qadmon, Shakti

Identity
Inapplicable; the general populace of Earth is unaware of Eternity's existence

Citizenship
Inapplicable

Place of Birth
Inapplicable

First Appearance
Strange Tales #138 (1965)

Origin
unrevealed

Eternity came into existence when the universe was formed (along with Death, Oblivion, and Infinity) and spontaneously assumed the collective consciousness of all living things in the Universe. He is every living thing and every living thing is him; thus he controls everything in all plains of existence with the exception of the Living Tribunal, who maintains the cosmic balance of power. Eternity is the physical incarnation of time, whereas his sister Infinity represents space. Also, if Galactus ever dies or does not exist, the opposite of Eternity, Abraxas, would come into being. Eternity is guarded by Captain Universe.

The origin and precise nature of the abstract being known as Eternity are unknown and unknowable. It is the sum total of collective consciousness of all living things in the universe, the embodiment of their life as Death is the embodiment of the ending of that life.

Unlike Death, which Eternity refers to as it's sibling, Eternity does not often take an active hand in the dealings of the trillions of lives that make up it's total. However, since controlling the being Eternity allows the controller to wield Eternity's unlimited Powers over the beings that make it up, this entity is a target for extra-dimensional attackers of various abilities. Usually Eternity can deflect such attacks without significant exertion, but on occasion has had to bring it's own servants into play. While not as organized as the "death-gods" that serve Death, these servants are usually powerful individuals, such as Doctor Strange, who may combat the attackers on their own mortal levels. These servants have a vested interest in seeing Eternity survive intact, as Eternity makes their very existence possible.

Such was the case when the powerful extra-dimensional being known as Nightmare attempted to seize Eternity from the inside, using all sleeping sentient beings (usually one-third of the total lifeforms in the universe and therefore a powerful minority of Eternity) to drive Eternity to sleep, thereby putting Eternity under Nightmare's control. In this state, Eternity was induced to dream planet Earth's obliteration. Doctor Strange, who possessed the Gift of Extended Life, did not die, and journeyed to Nightmare's realm, there to free Eternity and persuade him to recreate Earth. As Eternity is the sum total of all living forces, destruction of Eternity may eradicate the universe, and with it all other quasi-physical entities. Death and Eternity exist as partners, not competitors, and Death has never shown and "rivalry" (at least until the Infinity Gauntlet, one such event that comes to mind) against it's "sibling". Eternity, for its part, has rarely shown any interest in the pieces that make it up, though if given sufficient threat (on the level of the Beyonder, for example) would willingly sacrifice part of its infinite existence (and the planets, stars, and lifeforms that make up that existence) to foil such a foe.

Also, there is the time when Eternity appeared to testify on the behalf of Mister Fantastic, when he was abducted by a group of survivors of Galactus' feedings. Eternity testified that Reed acted out of compassion, and not out of malice, in reviving Galactus. Saying that Galactus does indeed play a part in the universe, the accusers were satisfied, and Reed was released. Other events include Eternity's involvement with the Infinity Gauntlet affair.



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