Unofficial Marvel Universe History, Part I

 

This document was first written by Robert Wicks <wicksr@morgan.ucs.mun.ca>in 1997/07/05 for the newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe, and rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks. In tribute to his incredible work, I have chosen to add it to the Metahuman Information Database and begin adding illustrations as they can be found. I understand that there has been another version of this document in the works but I have not seen it yet. Until then, this version will exist and be updated regularly. Enjoy!</wicksr@morgan.ucs.mun.ca>

PART I – THE DISTANT PAST

Pre-Big Bang

The universe was collapsing. Galen from the planet Taa was ordered to set out into space to discover a method to save his world. Not finding any means to prevent the collapse of the universe, Galen and his shipmates decided to die gloriously by plunging their ship into the heart of the “Cosmic Egg,” the focal point upon which the universe was collapsing. As the ship sped towards the Cosmic Egg, Galen’s shipmates began to be affected by the tremendous forces pulling at them and began to die. However Galen did not perish but was protected from the tremendous gravities by the sentience of the dying universe. This consciousness contacted Galen and told him that they both would die, but in the new universe they would be reborn. The “Cosmic Egg” then absorbed Galen into itself.

15,000,000,000 Years Ago

The Big Bang. The universe was created in a massive explosion. Mass and energy condensed to form the universe. [Scientific theory.]

Eternity, Death, Lord Chaos and Master Order, and others, abstract entities who are the ethereal embodiments of the new universe, were reborn.

The being that had been Galen was hurled from the center of the explosion in his recreated spaceship. Inside the ship, Galen was undergoing a metamorphosis that would take eons.

8,000,000,000 Years Ago

Eternity, the embodiment of everything in the universe, the Celestial Axis, a pattern of organic energy that threads itself throughout the universe, and Time itself gave birth to Eon, a sentient quasi-physical entity. Eon was created to become the cosmic custodian of the universe, to monitor beings of incredible power that might pose a threat to the universe’s existence. Eon also eventually became responsible for nurturing the evolution of sentient life forms in the universe.

Billions of Years Ago.

Life began to evolve in the universe on alien planets. Sentient and intelligent races eventually arose.

One of the first intelligent races in the universe to evolve eventually became known to the rest of the universe as the Watchers. Their evolution caused them to develop tremendous mental and energy manipulative abilities. As civilizations began arising on other worlds, the High Tribunal of the Watchers debated whether or not to share their knowledge and technology with less advanced civilizations. The Watcher known as Uatu persuaded the Tribunal to share their knowledge, and a delegation of four Watchers travelled to the planet Prosilicus. The Watchers offered the Prosilicans the knowledge of atomic energy, which would advance their level of technology considerably. The Watchers tutored the Prosilicans in the uses of atomic energy for several months, then departed.

The Prosilicans used their new knowledge to develop nuclear weapons, and war and conflict broke out across their planet. They next engaged in war with an alien race, who proved to be more technologically advanced than them. The aliens all but destroyed the remaining Prosilicans.

Returning to evaluate the progress of their experiment, the Watchers were horrified to discover what the Prosilicans had done with their knowledge. During the next meeting of the High Tribunal, the Watchers decided that they would never again interfere in the affairs of another race. The Watchers instead developed a policy of non-interference and passive observation of alien cultures.

Soon after the meeting of the High Tribunal, the Watchers abandoned their home planet and relocated throughout the universe, each Watcher choosing a different sector of space to monitor and observe.

As other civilized alien races began nearing extinction, the last survivors who had driven themselves in pursuit of a particular goal discovered that they had become immortal. These immortals eventually became known as the Elders of the Universe. Their immortality allowed them to survive not only the deaths of their races, but eventually also the end of their galaxies. In pursuit of their particular goals, the Elders eventually relocated themselves throughout the universe.

Galen’s spaceship was observed by the Watcher Ecce. Ecce studied the ship as it travelled through space and learned that the being within had vast growing power. Knowing that Galen would one day have to consume entire planets to sustain itself, the Watcher contemplated killing the creature within. In the end Ecce decided to abide by his race’s policy of non-interference and let the ship travel on it’s way, although he continued to observe it.

Developing within the spaceship, Galen renamed himself Galactus and began learning how to master his vast power. Galactus transformed his spaceship into a huge incubation chamber to help further aid in his development. Centuries later, the incubation chamber drifted into the orbit of the planet Archeopia. Years later Galactus emerged from the chamber and destroyed the planet, absorbing it’s energies into himself. Only a handful of Archeopians managed to flee the destruction of their planet.

Over the next few millennia, Galactus constructed an enormous starbase, Taa II, which engulfed the entire Archeopian solar system. With the construction of his starbase complete, Galactus began wandering the universe in search of planets to quench his hunger.

Realizing he was a unique being in the universe, Galactus decided to use his powers to create a companion. Galactus created Tyrant in his own image, a humanoid of immense size and power. However whereas Galactus was content with his life merely to survive, Tyrant wished to become a conqueror and to rule the universe. He seized power on several worlds, ruling with an iron fist. Tyrant betrayed Galactus, and the two fought an incredible battle which destroyed entire galaxies. Eventually Galactus overpowered Tyrant, and used his cosmic powers to drain Tyrant’s powers from him. Tyrant was shrunken in size. Greatly weakened and humiliated, fearing for his life, Tyrant fled from Galactus and put himself in voluntary exile. [Cosmic Powers #6]

5,500,000,000 Years Ago

Birth of the alien being that would one day become known as the Astrologer, an Elder of the Universe.

Birth of the alien being that would one day be known as the Runner, an Elder of the Universe.

5,000,000,000 Years Ago

The star Sol began to condense out of nebular gases, eventually forming a solar system. [Scientific theory.]

Eon, foreseeing a threat to the conditions of life in the universe, contacted Glakandar, an alien from the planet Stygia. Eon appointed him as his champion and gave Glakandar the quantum-bands, weapons Eon created that allows the wearer to manipulate energy at will. Starbender, as Glakandar came to be known, became Eon’s first Protector of the Universe. Over the millennia as new threats arose in the cosmos Eon would appoint a new champion, giving him or her the quantum bands to aid in his duties. [Quasar #27]

3,900,000,000 Years Ago

The crust around the third planet from the star Sol solidified and hardened. This planet would eventually be known as Earth. [Scientific theory.]

2,000,000,000 Years Ago

The Elder God Demiurge achieved consciousness after being formed and coalesced from the Earth’s biosphere. As conditions on Earth became supportive towards life, and sensing the need for diversity, Demiurge split up into countless fragments, each of which formed into new organisms, such as Belathauzer, Chthon, Gaea, Set, Y’Garon, and others. These creatures roamed the land masses, and may have had something to do with the shaping of Earth’s continents. [Scientific theory.]

The first single-celled organisms were formed on Earth. [Scientific theory.]

Chthon began devoting himself to the study and manipulation of mystical energies, becoming Earth’s first master of black magic. [Silver Surfer Annual #2]

Gaea assigned herself as protector of the emerging life in Earth’s seas.

Set spawned a number of offspring, among them Sligguth and Damballah.

Set, realizing he could increase his own power by consuming the energy of his fellows, became the first being on Earth to commit murder. By consuming the life energies of a fellow Elder God, Set began down the path to degeneracy. Other Elder Gods quickly began following Set’s example, killing their fellow Elder Gods to gain their energies. Many of them began becoming corrupt and evil and began warring and feeding off each other.

After millions of years of existence, all the Elder Gods except for Gaea had degenerated. Gaea began fearing that the Elder Gods’ wars and petty battles with each other would destroy the evolving life on the planet. Gaea mated with a reincarnation of Demiurge and gave birth to Atum, who became dedicated to eradicating the Elder Gods’ evil.

Forseeing the threat Atum was to his existence, Chthon inscribed all the mystical knowledge he had learned through the millennia on a parchment to be his touchstone with the Earth dimension. Atum indeed became a threat to the Elder Gods, as he began killing them for their evil and degradation, absorbing their energies into himself. The energies he absorbed caused him to undergo a metamorphosis into the form of Demogorge the God-Eater, and many of the Elder Gods fell to him. Chthon, sensing the end was near, cast a spell which allowed him to escape into another dimension before Demogorge could slay him. Before he left, Chthon left the parchment containing his mystical knowledge behind.

Set, witnessing what Chthon had done, replicated Chthon’s spell and he and his offspring escaped. Gaea was the only original Elder God permitted to exist on the planet, and she infused her godly essence into the Earth and into all living things. Demogorge released the energies he had absorbed, reverting back to his form of Atum. He then set up residence within Earth’s sun.

Over millennia, the energies that Demogorge had released when he reverted back into Atum eventually formed into a number of different beings, such as Nun, Ouranus, and Buri, whose descendants would eventually found a number of different pantheons of new gods. [Whether or not the original founders of Earth’s pantheons were created by Atum is speculative, as is whether or not this is the incident by which they were originally created, but Atum has been referred to as the creator of Earth’s pantheons. Legend also states that Gaea was the mother of Ouranus.]

200,000,000 Years Ago

The Beyonders, a race of almost omnipotent other-dimensional beings, contracted the alien race the Nuwali to build wildlife preserves on a number of different planets. The preserves were to be set up in order that the Beyonders could observe the process of evolution under relatively controlled conditions. One of the planets chosen as a site for a preserve was Earth. The Nuwali arrived on Earth during the Triassic period and began construction of the preserve on the continent of Antarctica. They choose a spot with active volcanos and set up advanced technological devices deep within caverns under the valley to help maintain a tropical climate. When the preserve was completed, the Nuwali began stocking it with all manner of Earthly animal life. Over the next several millennia, the Nuwali would return to restock the preserve. In this way, many species which fell to extinction outside the preserve managed to survive within it.

130,000,000 Years Ago

The Lumina and the Myandi were two alien races waging war with each other. The Myandi set up an outpost on Earth during it’s Jurassic Era and placed themselves in suspended animation. The Lumina pursued the Myandi to Earth, and set up their own outpost.

65,000,000 Years Ago

To fuel his own powers the Elder God Set, from his pocket dimension, began drawing psychic energy from the dinosaurs, the dominant life forms of Earth. Eventually Set’s continued feeding on the dinosaurs helped bring about significant drops in their population. Gaea, the embodiment of all living things on Earth, knew the dinosaurs were an evolutionary dead end and allowed Set to continue his feeding knowing that he was quickly depleting his main supply of energy. Set, realizing that Gaea was allowing the extinction of the dinosaurs, became infuriated and commanded the dinosaurs to seek out and kill mammalian life, which Gaea choose over the dinosaurs.

Gaea sensed Set’s command over the dinosaurs and summoned the Elder God before her. Set appeared on Earth in the shape of a giant serpent, the first time he choose this form, and attacked Gaea, but she summoned her son Atum to protect her. Atum attacked Set and destroyed his head. However Set was not killed, and two heads grew back instead of one. Set and Atum, in his form of Demogorge, then began a battle which lasted for years. Many disasters befell Earth in this time, some caused by the battle, which quickly brought about the extinction of the dinosaurs. However the mammals were sheltered from the devastation by Gaea. Eventually Set, drained of power, was forced to withdraw from the Earth dimension. By this time Set had grown seven heads to replace the ones which Atum had destroyed. The battle had drained Set of so much energy that he could no longer journey to the Earth dimension without aid. Demogorge reverted back to Atum and returned to his dwelling place in the sun.

Millions of years Ago

The Celestials, enormous humanoid aliens who possess vast cosmic power, visited the world of the Skrulls. There they performed genetic tests upon the aliens, resulting in three separate branches of Skrullkind. After completing their experiments the Celestials left. One of the branches, the Skrull Deviants, were given the ability to physically alter their appearances at will.

Over time, the Deviant Skrulls waged war and genocide on the mainstream and other Skrull branches, effectively driving them to extinction.

The Skrulls eventually achieved space-faring capacity and began the establishment of an empire throughout the Andromeda Galaxy.

Skrull scientists spent thousands of years looking for a means to convert thought into reality. Finally, the scientists discovered a method whereby opening a portal to the dimension of the Beyonders and capturing the energy released in a cube of force they could create a device which could alter reality. By holding the Cosmic Cube in their hands, they could do anything they wanted. The Cube was confiscated by the Skrull emperor who used it’s powers to proclaim himself a god. After years in the possession of the power mad emperor, the Cosmic Cube began developing a consciousness and personality of it’s own patterned after that of it’s holder. The Cube, acting independently of the emperor, began altering reality to shape it’s wishes, destroying or drastically altering entire solar systems. The destruction it caused wiped out two-thirds of the Skrull empire, and caused the Skrulls to revert back to the level of barbarianism.

The Skrull Cosmic Cube eventually matured and evolved further, abandoning much of it’s ruthless and insane tendencies. Because it had been handled by a Skrull it based it’s humanoid appearance on that of the emperor who ha handled it for so long. The Cosmic Cube was still driven to the urge to transform worlds, but because of the lack of imagination of the Skrullian emperor that had handled it the Cube was also cursed with similar traits. The Shaper of Worlds, as the evolved Cosmic Cube now called itself, began wandering the universe, seeking out sentient beings who would aid and provide for him images by which to transform worlds.

The Skrulls eventually reestablished their civilization and again developed a galaxy wide empire.

The Skrull Empire, attempting to foster a galactic empire based on free trade, landed on the planet of Hala to educate the barbaric natives to the point where they could join. However Hala had two equally intelligent races, the Kree and the Cotati. The Skrulls proposed a test to determine the worthier race. Taking members of both races to a distant planetoid in another galaxy, Earth’s moon, the Skrulls created a planet-like atmosphere, the Blue Area, and bid the two races to use the resources they had to create something of worth. The Skrulls then left. The Kree constructed a magnificent city, while the Cotati created a beautiful garden. A year later the Skrulls returned to judge the two races and found the Cotati’s accomplishment the more worthy. Enraged, the Kree killed the Skrulls and the Cotati and seized the Skrulls’ starship. They used the ship to return to their native planet, then set about deciphering how the technology of the starship worked.

When the Kree abandoned the Blue Area of the Moon, the alien Watcher Uatu set up his home there.

Within a hundred years of acquiring inter-stellar technology from the Skrulls the Kree empire began to spread throughout the Greater Magellanic Cloud Galaxy. The Kree launched an attack upon the Skrull empire and the peaceful Skrulls were again forced to become war-like and antagonistic to defend themselves. The Kree-Skrull War would continue for hundreds of thousands of years.

The Cotati on Hala were almost driven to extinction as the Kree waged genocide upon them. However a small handful of Kree, the pacifist priests of Pama, hid and kept safe a group of Cotati. Eventually these Kree began worshipping the Cotati that they had kept sheltered. To further hide and keep them safe, the priests relocated the surviving Cotati throughout the universe.

1,000,000 B.C.

Human life began to emerge on Earth. From his other dimension the Elder God Set mystically influenced a small handful of Homo erectus and turned them into serpent-like humanoids. Set also gave these Serpent Men the ability to shape change into human form.

Set, foreseeing the arrival of the First Host of the Celestials on Earth, urged his Serpent Men to kill a nearby Homo erectus tribe so that they and not the humans would be the ones to be experimented upon and empowered by the Celestials. The Serpent Men entered the valley near where the Celestials would land and urged two humans to turn on their own tribe. However the humans rejected the Serpent Men, and drove them from the valley. [Uncanny X-Men Annual #13]

The First Host of Celestials arrived on Earth to explore the planet and to perform genetic experiments on human beings. They were greeted by Gaea, who escorted them to the valley where the tribe of Homo erectus lived. The Serpent Men approached the Celestials, but were driven away by the Celestial Arishem the Judge. Gathering up a handful of the humans, the Celestial Gammenon brought them back to the Celestials’ ship. The Celestial Ziran the Tester analyzed the humans, then began his experiments. He created the Deviants, a sub-species of man who were genetically unstable, so that the Celestials could determine mankind’s adaptability. Nezzar the Calculator then experimented and created the Eternals, who were evolutionary accelerated, given extended life spans, and given the ability to channel and manipulate limited quantities of cosmic energy. The Eternals were created to test mankind’s durability and longevity. To further test the versatility of human genes, the Celestial Oneg the Prober implanted a dormant DNA complex in other specimens of mainstream humanity which would one day result in benevolent mutations. Completing their experiments, the Celestials released their test subjects and left Earth. [Uncanny X-Men Annual #13, What If? Vol. 1 #23]

The Great Beasts, seven mystical beings of incredible power, arose on their native home-world in a pocket dimension. Their world, which was much like the Earth, was quickly conquered by the Beasts. They laid waste to the planet, killing billions of it’s inhabitants and imprisoning their souls in the Pit of Ultimate Sadness. In search of new conquests, the Great Beasts began observing other worlds outside their dimension.

An alien spaceship crash landed on an extra-dimensional world. The energy released by the destruction of the ship’s warp drives caused a permanent fluctuating rift to be opened between that dimension and Earth, with it’s Earth entrance appearing in the Himalaya Mountains in what is today Tibet. The aliens used the remains of their ship to build a city which they named K’un-L’un.

990,750 B.C.

The Kree Science Council, aware that their enemies the Skrulls had once created a Cosmic Cube, designed a super cybernetic/organic computer to help them in creating a Cube. When the computer became functional, it determined that a Cosmic Cube would be too dangerous to construct and refused the Science Council’s request to help them in creating one. This computer, called the Supreme Intelligence, was then used in an advisory capacity.

Over time the Supreme Intelligence achieved more and more political power and responsibility until finally it was elected as absolute ruler of the Kree. Eventually the Supreme Intelligence even came to be worshipped and an organized religion was built up around it.

78,000 B.C.

Kree scientist Bronek developed the first Sentry prototype, a humanoid robot designed to safeguard and patrol Kree outposts and weapons depots.

As the Kree-Skrull War raged on, the Kree set up a supply outpost in the Sol solar system on the planet Uranus, hoping to maintain a weapons base close to the natural space-warp that exists in the Sol solar system. They left Kree Sentry 213 behind as guard.

48,000 B.C.

The Plodex, an alien race which exhausted all natural supplies within their own solar system, developed an ingenious means to colonize other worlds. An automated ship would land on a hospitable world, sending out a hypnotic summons which would attract the most intelligent races of that planet. The ship would then combine Plodex DNA in unhatched eggs with that of the most intelligent species. The ship would then launch thousands of eggs all across the planet. One of these colony ships was launched towards Earth.

 

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