For years Marvel has been the home of a lot of mysterious characters. From a friendly neighborhood to a planet-eating entity, Marvel’s got everything. So, today we are going to explore one of the most mysterious characters in Marvel Comics, Galactus.
Who is Galactus?
He is the devourer of worlds. One of the best villains in the Marvel Universe and a powerful force of nature is Galactus. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Galactus first appeared as a God-like figure on Fantastic Four issue #48 in 1966.
He is one of the first characters or cosmic beings in the Marvel Universe ever to exist. Galactus feeds on the energy of living planets to survive, both thermal, and organic. He appoints heralds to find him his feeds who search for planets that will fulfill his great hunger. Galactus is not immortal, but he has lived for a millennium and will continue to live on to maintain the Cosmic balance.
The Origin: How was Galactus created?
Galan aka the future Galactus was the sole survivor of the universe which existed long before the big bang. He lived on a planet named TAA. It was the most technologically advanced planet in the universe as well as a paradise.
It was the sixth incarnation of the Multiverse that was about to be Doomed. Galan was a scientist and warned his people of the Doom but couldn’t do anything to prevent it. Just at the final stage of the big crunch, to save TAA and the entire universe he took a ship to the terminal point of the universe along with his fellow scientists.
While reaching the terminal, everyone died of heat and radiation except for Galan. Saved by the phoenix force of that universe he was bonded with the Sentience of the Universe and thus Galactus was created along with his starship and the embodiment of Death and Eternity. This whole process was described as “the physical, metamorphosed embodiment of a cosmos”.
After a few millennia, a Watcher found his starship and was intrigued to find out more. This intrusion made Galactus awake. Upon awaking he learned to use his power, created a body, and a containment suit for himself to store his cosmic energy. Later he would go on to feed upon a planet named Archeopia as his first destruction.
Besides his power of destruction, he has the power of creation. He rebuilt TAA and named it TAA-2 which was his greatest source of energy for eternity. He can call it from any point in the universe just like Mjölnir.
Over the next billions of years, Galactus fed upon countless numbers of planets and his hunger grew stronger as he destroyed more and more worlds. He then came to Zenn-La where he encountered a nobleman called Norrin Radd.
Norrin Radd offered him to be his herald in exchange for Galactus’s mercy to leave Zenn-La. Galactus agreed upon his offer and gave him a portion of his Power Cosmic, and Norrin Radd became the Silver Surfer. Surfer would act upon a herald and seek new worlds for his master to devour.
Heralds of Galactus
After Silver Surfer betrayed him to save Earth, Galactus banished him to the planet earth and searched for new heralds. Over the next few hundred years, he would appoint several other characters as his heralds. Here’s a list:
- Silver Surfer
- The Fallen Angel
- The Air-Walker
- The Destroyer
- Tarrex the Tamer
- Red Shift
- The Invisible Boy
Powers of Galactus
Galactus is a complete package of Power Cosmic. He is the living embodiment of the Sentience itself. Power Cosmic is a power of destruction and creation. Which means he can destroy life, create life, and even resurrect the dead. He has even encountered Adam Warlock in the cosmic battle.
He is more powerful than the mysterious Celestials, more hostile than the Kree empire, more terrifying the mad titan Thanos and more aged than the Watchers.
Apart from Power Cosmic, Galactus possesses powers like Super Strength, Power Absorption, Energy Projection, Teleportation, Telepathy, Telekinesis, Size Alteration, and he is even considered to be immortal.
Here are the answers to some questions you might be having about Galactus.
Is Galactus Evil?
Galactus is considered as one of the strongest villains of the Marvel Universe. Despite that, He is not Evil. He does what he has to do to satisfy his hunger. He is like a dominant predator in a way that would do anything to get his stomach full. By devouring the worlds Galactus maintains the balance between Death and Eternity. His very existence is to maintain the Cosmic Balance, and he will do so for as long as the universe will continue to exist.
How Big is Galactus?
Galactus is a cosmic being and using his Power Cosmic he can manifest his size as he likes. Become as big as he wants and shrink in size whenever he prefers. On Fantastic Four issue #202 the In-Betweener said his size is 267 feet (81.38 m).
Who Can Beat Galactus?
Although Galactus is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics, he has been beaten on several occasions by a lot of powerful Superheroes and Cosmic Entities. Here’s a small list:
- Mikaboshi – The Chaos King
- The Beyonder
- The Living Tribunal
- The One Above All
- Squirrel Girl
- Franklin Richards
Galactus: Herald of Franklin Richards?
Franklin Richard once made Galactus his herald. Yeah! That’s right. After being defeated by a mad celestial Galactus was resurrected by Franklin Richards as his herald. Although it was more in just a name than it was in function. After the resurrection, the newly reincarnated Galactus took the hell out of the mad celestial and Franklin released him of his oaths.
Galactus is one of the most popular marvel characters in comic book history. In comic books he has been an evil villain and sometimes he was on the side of good. The universe might call him the destroyer of life, but he is just an entity that is derived by his hunger.