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Galactus
Galactus
(/ɡəˈlæktəs/) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel
Marvel
Comics. Formerly a mortal man, Galactus
Galactus
is a cosmic entity who originally consumed planets to sustain his life force, and serves a functional role in the upkeep of the primary Marvel
Marvel
continuity. Galactus
Galactus
was created by Stan Lee
Stan Lee
and Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
and first appeared in the comic book Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#48, published in March 1966. Lee and Kirby
Kirby
had desired to introduce a character that broke away from the archetype of the standard villain, culminating in the creation of Galactus. In the character's first appearance Galactus
Galactus
was depicted as a god-like figure who feeds by draining living planets of their energy, and operates without regard to the morality and judgments of mortal beings. Galactus' initial origin was that of a space explorer named Galan who gained cosmic abilities by passing near a star, but writer Mark Gruenwald
Mark Gruenwald
further developed the origin of the character, revealing that Galan lived during the previous universe that existed prior to the Big Bang
Big Bang
which began the current universe. As Galan's universe came to an end, Galan merged with the "Sentience of the Universe" to become Galactus, an entity that wielded such cosmic power as to require devouring entire planets to sustain his existence. Additional material written by John Byrne, Jim Starlin, and Louise Simonson
Louise Simonson
explored Galactus' role and purpose in the Marvel Universe, and examined the actions of the character through themes of genocide, manifest destiny, ethics, and natural/necessary existence. Frequently accompanied by a herald (such as the Silver Surfer), the character has appeared as both antagonist and protagonist in central and supporting roles. Since debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, Galactus
Galactus
has played a role in over five decades of Marvel
Marvel
continuity. The character has been featured in other Marvel
Marvel
media, such as arcade games, video games, animated television series, and the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. In 2009, Galactus
Galactus
ranked 5th on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Villains", citing the character's "larger than life presence" as making him one of the more important villains ever created. IGN
IGN
also noted " Galactus
Galactus
is one of the few villains on our list to really defy the definition of an evil-doer" as the character is compelled to destroy worlds because of his hunger.[3]

Contents

1 Publication history

1.1 Origin 1.2 1960s 1.3 1970s and 1980s 1.4 1990s 1.5 2000s 1.6 2010s

2 Fictional character biography 3 Powers and abilities 4 Heralds 5 Other versions

5.1 The Adventures of the X-Men 5.2 Amalgam Comics 5.3 Bullet Points 5.4 Cancerverse 5.5 Earth X 5.6 Exiles 5.7 Guardians of the Galaxy 5.8 Heroes Reborn 5.9 Mangaverse 5.10 Marvel
Marvel
Two-In-One 5.11 Marvel
Marvel
Zombies 5.12 MC2 5.13 Ultimate Marvel

6 In other media

6.1 Television 6.2 Film 6.3 Video games

7 References 8 External links

Publication history[edit] Created by writer-editor Stan Lee
Stan Lee
and artist-coplotter Jack Kirby, the character debuted in The Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#48 (March 1966, the first of a three-issue story later known as "The Galactus
Galactus
Trilogy").[4][5] Origin[edit] Main article: The Galactus
Galactus
Trilogy In 1966, nearly five years after launching Marvel
Marvel
Comics' flagship superhero title, Fantastic Four, creators Stan Lee
Stan Lee
and Jack Kirby collaborated on an antagonist designed to break the supervillain mold of the tyrant with god-like stature and power.[5] As Lee recalled in 1993,

Galactus
Galactus
was simply another in a long line of super-villains whom we loved creating. Having dreamed up [many] powerful baddies ... we felt the only way to top ourselves was to come up with an evil-doer who had almost godlike powers. Therefore, the natural choice was some sort of demi-god, but now what would we do with him. We didn't want to use the tired old cliche about him wanting to conquer the world. ... That was when inspiration struck. Why not have him not be a really evil person? After all, a demi-god would be beyond mere good and evil. ... [What] he'd require is the life force and energy from living planets![6]

Kirby
Kirby
described his Biblical inspirations for Galactus
Galactus
and an accompanying character, an angelic herald Lee called the Silver Surfer:

My inspirations were the fact that I had to make sales. And I had to come up with characters that were no longer stereotypes. ...I had to get something new. And ... for some reason, I went to the Bible. And I came up with Galactus. And there I was in front of this tremendous figure, who I knew very well, because I always felt him, and I certainly couldn't treat him the same way that I would any ordinary mortal ... and of course the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
is the fallen angel. ...[T]hey were figures that have never been used before in comics. They were above mythic figures, and of course, they were the first gods.[7]

Kirby
Kirby
elaborated, " Galactus
Galactus
in actuality is a sort of god. He is beyond reproach, beyond anyone's opinion. In a way he is kind of a Zeus, who fathered Hercules. He is his own legend, and of course, he and the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
are sort of modern legends, and they are designed that way."[8] Writer Mike Conroy expanded on Lee and Kirby's explanation: "In five short years from the launch of the Fantastic Four, the Lee/Kirby duo...had introduced a whole host of alien races or their representatives...there were the Skrulls, the Watcher and the Stranger, all of whom Lee and Kirby
Kirby
used in the foundations of the universe they were constructing, one where all things were possible but only if they did not flout the 'natural laws' of this cosmology. In the nascent Marvel
Marvel
Universe, characters acted consistently, whatever comic they were appearing in. Their actions reverberated through every title. It was pure soap opera but on a cosmic scale, and Galactus
Galactus
epitomized its epic sweep."[9] This led to the introduction of Galactus
Galactus
in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#48–50 (March–May 1966), which fans began calling "The Galactus Trilogy".[4][5][10][11][12] Kirby
Kirby
did not intend Galactus
Galactus
to reappear, to preserve the character's awe-inspiring presence.[13] Fan popularity, however, prompted Lee to ask Kirby
Kirby
for Galactus's reappearance,[13] and the character became a mainstay of the Marvel Universe. 1960s[edit]

First cover appearance of Galactus: Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#49 (April 1966). Art by penciller and character co-creator Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
and inker Joe Sinnott.

To preserve the character's mystique, his next two appearances were nonspeaking cameos in Thor
Thor
#134 (Nov. 1966), and Daredevil #37 (Feb. 1968), respectively. Numerous requests from fans prompted the character to be featured heavily in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#72–77 (March–Aug. 1968).[13][14] After a flashback appearance in Silver Surfer #1 (Aug. 1968), the character returned to Earth in Thor #160–162 (Jan. – March 1969). Galactus' origin was eventually revealed in Thor
Thor
#168–169 (Sept. – Oct. 1969). 1970s and 1980s[edit] The character made appearances in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#120–123 (March – June 1972) and Thor
Thor
#225–228 (July–Oct. 1974). These two storylines introduced two new heralds for Galactus. Galactus
Galactus
also featured in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#172–175 (July – Oct. 1976) and #208–213 (July – Dec. 1979). Stan Lee
Stan Lee
and Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
reunited for the origin of Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
and Galactus
Galactus
in the one-shot graphic novel The Silver Surfer, The Ultimate Cosmic Experience! in 1978. This Marvel
Marvel
Fireside Book, published by Simon & Schuster, was an out-of-continuity retelling of the origin story without the Fantastic Four. The full Lee-and- Kirby
Kirby
origin story was reprinted in the one-volume Super-Villain Classics: Galactus
Galactus
the Origin #1 (May 1983), inked by Vince Colletta
Vince Colletta
and George Klein, lettered by John Morelli and colored by Andy Yanchus. While nearly identical to the previous origin, this story featured supplemental material, edits, and deletions by writer Mark Gruenwald, pencillers John Byrne and Ron Wilson and inker Jack Abel. Rather than traveling into a dying star, the character enters the core of the collapsing universe before the Big Bang; the story was later reprinted as Origin of Galactus
Galactus
#1 (Feb. 1996). The character guest-starred in Rom #26–27 (Jan. – Feb. 1982). Galactus
Galactus
featured in two related storylines of Fantastic Four #242–244 (May–July 1982) and #257 (August 1983). Another appearance in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#262 (Jan. 1984) sparked controversy. At the end of the story, Eternity, an abstract entity in the Marvel Universe, appears to validate the existence of Galactus; Howard University professor of literature Marc Singer criticized this, accusing writer-artist John Byrne of using the character to "justify planetary-scale genocide."[15] Byrne and Stan Lee
Stan Lee
also collaborated on a one-shot Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
story (June 1982) in which it is revealed that after the Surfer's rebellion against Galactus, the planet eater returned to Zenn-La, the Surfer's homeworld, and drained it of energy after allowing the populace to flee. Writer-penciller John Byrne and inker Terry Austin produced "The Last Galactus
Galactus
Story" as a serial in the anthology comic-magazine Epic Illustrated #26–34 (October 1984–February 1986). Nine of a scheduled ten installments appeared. Each was six pages with the exception of the eighth installment (12 pages). The magazine was canceled with issue #34, leaving the last chapter unpublished and the story unfinished; however, Byrne later published the conclusion on his website.[16] Galactus
Galactus
played a pivotal role in the limited series Secret Wars
Secret Wars
#1–12 (May 1984 – April 1985), and became a recurring character in the third volume of the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(beginning with issue #1, July 1987). Stan Lee
Stan Lee
and artist John Buscema
John Buscema
also produced the 64-page hardcover Silver Surfer: Judgment Day (Oct. 1988), in which Galactus
Galactus
clashes with demonic entity Mephisto. 1990s[edit] Galactus
Galactus
was featured in the miniseries Infinity Gauntlet #1–6 (July – Dec. 1991), Infinity War
Infinity War
#1–6 (June – Nov. 1992) and Cosmic Powers #1–6 (March – Aug. 1994). The character starred in the six-issue miniseries Galactus
Galactus
the Devourer (September 1999 – March 2000), written by Louise Simonson
Louise Simonson
and illustrated by John Buscema, which climaxed with Galactus's death. Simonson originally conceived that the story arc would occur in the third volume of Silver Surfer, but the title was canceled due to dwindling sales. She proposed a separate limited series, and at the time was initially doubtful that Marvel
Marvel
would approve what she considered a "radical" idea concerning "why the very existence of the universe depends on the health and well-being of Galactus."[17] 2000s[edit] The consequences of Galactus's death are explored in the Fantastic Four Annual 2001
2001
and Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#46–49 (Oct. 2001 – Jan. 2002), resulting in Galactus's revival. The character features in the first six issues of the series Thanos
Thanos
(Dec. 2003 – May 2004), written by Jim Starlin. Issues #7–12, written by Keith Giffen, introduce Galactus' first herald (the Fallen One). Galactus's origin is re-examined in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#520–523 (Oct. 2004 – April 2005), in which the character is temporarily reverted to his mortal form. After appearing in the limited series Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill
#1–6 (March – Aug. 2005) Galactus
Galactus
was a central character in the "Annihilation" storyline, appearing in the limited series Annihilation: Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
#1–4 (June – Sept. 2006), Annihilation
Annihilation
#1–6 (Oct. 2006 – March 2007) and the epilogue, Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus
Heralds of Galactus
#1–2 (Feb. – April 2007). Galactus
Galactus
was an antagonist in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#545–546 (June – July 2007), where he tried to devour fellow cosmic function Epoch. In Nova vol. 4, #13–15 (May – July 2008), the character had no dialogue. Author Andy Lanning
Andy Lanning
said that he and co-writer Dan Abnett
Dan Abnett
were "treating Galactus
Galactus
like a force of nature; an inevitable, planetary catastrophe that there is no reasoning with, no bargaining with and no escaping."[18] Galactus
Galactus
also appeared in the limited series Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #1–3 (June – Aug. 2009), a sequel to Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill. 2010s[edit] Galactus
Galactus
and the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
appeared as antagonists in Skaar: Son of Hulk #9-11, and as protagonists in the limited series The Thanos Imperative (June – Nov. 2010). Galactus
Galactus
was a member of the God Squad in the miniseries Chaos War
Chaos War
#2–5 (Dec. – March 2010). After an appearance in Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#583–587 (Nov. 2010 – March 2011), the character returned to Earth in Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
vol. 6, #1–5 (Jan. – May 2011) and was the antagonist in The Mighty Thor
Thor
#1–6 (April – Sept. 2011). Fictional character biography[edit]

Galan of Taa, and the Sentience of the previous universe in the Cosmic egg, which will eventually produce Galactus. Super-Villain Classics: Galactus
Galactus
the Origin #1 (May 1983). Marvel Comics. Art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
and John Byrne.

Galactus
Galactus
was originally the explorer Galan of Taa. The planet Taa existed in the prime pre- Big Bang
Big Bang
universe. When an unknown cosmic cataclysm gradually begins killing off all of the other life in his universe, Galan and other survivors leave Taa on a spacecraft and are engulfed in the Big Crunch. Galan, however, does not die: when bonded with Sentience of the Universe he changes and gestates for billions of years in an egg made of the rubble of his ship that the current universe formed after the Big Bang. He emerged as Galactus
Galactus
and though a Watcher observed Galactus' birth and recognizes his destructive nature, the Watcher chose not to kill Galactus.[19][20][21] Starving for sustenance, Galactus
Galactus
consumes the nearby planet of Archeopia - the first of many planets Galactus
Galactus
would destroy to maintain his existence.[19][22] In memory of his dead home world, Taa, and the first planet to fall prey to his hunger, Galactus
Galactus
constructs a new "home world": actually a Möbius strip-shaped space station called "Taa II". Galactus
Galactus
becomes involved in a civil war among the "Proemial Gods", who came into being during the universe's infancy. When a faction of the gods led by Diableri of Chaos attempt to remake the universe in their image, Galactus
Galactus
kills the entity and imprisons three other rebel gods (Antiphon, Tenebrous, and Aegis) in the prison called the Kyln.[23] Galactus
Galactus
then decides to create a herald to locate worlds for sustenance, but fails when the first—Tyrant—rebels,[24] and the second—the Fallen One—is dismissed for his bloodthirsty attitude.[25] When approaching the planet of Zenn-La, Galactus
Galactus
accepts the offer of Norrin Radd to become his herald, the Silver Surfer, in exchange for sparing his world.[26] Eventually locating Earth, Galactus
Galactus
is driven off by the Fantastic Four, Uatu the Watcher, and the rebellious Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
after The Human Torch—with the Watcher's assistance—retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier from Taa II. Although Galactus
Galactus
leaves Earth, vowing that he will never try to consume it again, he banishes the Surfer to Earth for betraying him.[27][28] Galactus
Galactus
later returns for his former herald, but the Surfer is unrepentant and chooses to remain on Earth.[29] Thor
Thor
learns of Galactus' origin when the entity comes into conflict with Ego the Living Planet.[30] Returning to Earth, Galactus
Galactus
unsuccessfully tries to re-enlist the Silver Surfer. After the Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
and the Surfer defeat Galactus' new herald, the Air-Walker, Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic
reprograms Galactus' ship to travel to the Negative Zone, which contains many uninhabited worlds that could potentially be consumed.[31] Thor
Thor
and Olympian ally Hercules encounter Galactus
Galactus
when his next herald, Firelord, travels to Earth to be free of his master. Galactus
Galactus
frees Firelord when Thor
Thor
presents Galactus
Galactus
with the Asgardian Destroyer to animate and use as a herald.[32] Galactus
Galactus
comes into conflict with the High Evolutionary
High Evolutionary
when attempting to devour Counter-Earth, but he is transformed into harmless energy after attempting to devour the planet Poppup.[33] After returning to normal form, Galactus
Galactus
is sought by the Fantastic Four to help stop a new cosmic threat, the Sphinx. Mr. Fantastic offers to release Galactus
Galactus
from his vow to avoid Earth if he helps defeat the Sphinx. Galactus
Galactus
agrees, if the Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
first recruit a being called Tyros as a new herald. The quartet succeed, and the newly empowered and renamed Terrax leads his master to Earth. Galactus
Galactus
locates and defeats the Sphinx in Egypt, but is confronted by Mr. Fantastic, who unbeknownst to Galactus
Galactus
wields a fake Ultimate Nullifier. Unable to read Richard's mind (which is protected by the Watcher), Galactus
Galactus
retreats.[34] Galactus
Galactus
empowers and uses the superheroine Dazzler to locate a missing Terrax, who is in fact hiding from his master inside a black hole.[35] Dazzler defeats and retrieves Terrax, and forces Galactus
Galactus
to return her to Earth.[36] Galactus
Galactus
is fooled by the Galadorian Spaceknight Rom into trying to devour the Black Nebula, home of the alien Dire Wraiths, but is repelled by the Wraith Sun.[37] A weakened Galactus
Galactus
pursues the rebellious Terrax to Earth and strips him of his power. Near death, Galactus
Galactus
is saved by the Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
and the Avengers—also acquiring another herald: Nova.[38] Galactus
Galactus
destroys the Skrull
Skrull
homeworld, and discusses his role in the universe with fellow cosmic entity Death.[39] Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic
is captured for saving Galactus' life, and is tried by aliens who survived the annihilation of their worlds by Galactus. During the trial, the cosmic entity Eternity—the sentient embodiment of space and reality of the Marvel Universe—intervenes, allowing all beings present to momentarily become one with the universe, allowing them to understand that Galactus
Galactus
is a necessary part of the cosmic order.[40] During the Secret Wars, Galactus
Galactus
attempts to consume Battleworld in order to force the Beyonder
Beyonder
to remove his hunger, but his plan is foiled by Doctor Doom.[41] Galactus
Galactus
grants clemency to the Surfer, who aids his former master against the Elders of the Universe[42] and the In-Betweener.[43] The entity also rescues the Surfer and Nova from Mephisto's realm,[44] and aids the cosmic hierarchy in a war against the mad Eternal Thanos, who wields the Infinity Gauntlet.[45] When Nova is conscience-stricken at causing the death of billions of aliens, Galactus
Galactus
takes on a new herald, the bloodthirsty Morg.[46] Tyrant eventually returns[47] and Morg
Morg
sacrifices himself to stop the entity by using the Ultimate Nullifier.[48] Galactus
Galactus
then decides, with help from new herald Red Shift, to only devour the energy of living beings, which brings him into conflict with alien races and Earth's heroes. During a final confrontation near the home world of the Shi'ar, the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
turns Galactus' siphoning machines against him. A starving Galactus
Galactus
dies and adopts the form of a star.[49] The death of Galactus
Galactus
allows the entity Abraxas (a metaphysical embodiment of destruction, and the antithesis of cosmic entity Eternity) to emerge from imprisonment.[50] The entity wreaks havoc across thousands of alternate universes, killing various incarnations of Galactus
Galactus
before the children of Reed Richards—Franklin Richards and Valeria Von Doom—exhaust their powers to restore the original Galactus. Galactus
Galactus
then provides Mr. Fantastic with the Ultimate Nullifier, which he uses to reset reality and prevent Abraxas' initial escape and destruction.[51] Conscience-stricken, Galactus
Galactus
tries to rid himself of his hunger by feeding on the power from the Infinity Gems
Infinity Gems
but is tricked into releasing the Hunger, which feeds on entire galaxies. The Hunger is destroyed when Thanos
Thanos
orchestrates a final battle with Galactus.[52] When an alien race develops a technology to make planets invisible to Galactus, he empowers the Human Torch (who has traded powers with the Invisible Woman) and utilizes the hero as an unwilling herald to locate the planets. The Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
and Quasar free the Torch by changing Galactus
Galactus
back into the humanoid Galan.[53] Galactus
Galactus
consumes Beta Ray Bill's Korbinite home world with the aid of new herald Stardust.[54] When the Negative Zone villain Annihilus declares war on the universe, the entity attacks and destroys the Kyln, freeing former Galactus
Galactus
foes Tenebrous and Aegis.[55] Sensing their release, Galactus
Galactus
temporarily releases Stardust from service and reemploys the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
as his herald due to his familiarity with their old foes.[56] Aegis and Tenebrous, however, find and defeat the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
and Galactus
Galactus
and deliver them to Annihilus.[57] Annihilus
Annihilus
intends to use Galactus
Galactus
as a weapon to destroy all life in the universe, but is thwarted when the entity is freed by Drax the Destroyer. Galactus
Galactus
retaliates and destroys most of Annihilus' forces.[58] Seeking a final confrontation with Aegis and Tenebrous, Galactus
Galactus
sends the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
to locate them.[59] The Surfer eventually draws the pair into the barrier between the universe and the Negative Zone, which destroys both.[23]

Galactus
Galactus
is perceived differently by the alien races present at his first trial. (Panel: Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
#262 (Jan. 1984) Art by John Byrne).

After an encounter with Epoch,[60] Galactus
Galactus
consumes the planet Orbucen.[61] When a distraught Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill
seeks vengeance for the destruction of the Korbinite home world, Galactus
Galactus
relents and creates a female Korbinite as a companion for Bill.[62] Galactus
Galactus
also consumes the planet Sakaar, earning the enmity of Skaar and Hiro-Kala.[63] The Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
finds the body of a future Galactus
Galactus
under New York City, and summons the present Galactus
Galactus
to Earth.[64] Mr. Fantastic explains that in the distant future, the heroes on a dying Earth killed Galactus
Galactus
and then escaped to the present via time travel.[65] When Galactus
Galactus
discovers these heroes now live on a planet called Nu-Earth, he destroys it and its inhabitants in retribution.[66] A tear in the fabric of space caused by the Annihilation
Annihilation
Wave and other interstellar conflicts allows the extra-universal forces of the Cancerverse (a universe without death) to invade. Galactus, the Celestials and the resurrected Tenebrous and Aegis combat the powerful Cancerverse weapon, the Galactus
Galactus
Engine (constructed from the corpse of the Cancerverse's counterpart to Galactus).[67] During the events of the Chaos War, Galactus
Galactus
is teleported to Earth by demi-god Hercules to help fight the Chaos King, a metaphysical embodiment of oblivion and another antithesis of Eternity.[68] While the Hulk and his allies (the God Squad, Alpha Flight, and several Avengers fight Amatsu-Mikaboshi's forces, Hulk ally Amadeus Cho
Amadeus Cho
and Galactus
Galactus
develop a machine which will move Earth to a safe location in a sealed-off continuum.[69] After an encounter with the High Evolutionary,[70] Galactus
Galactus
invades Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, seeking an Asgardian artifact to sate his hunger and spare future civilizations. Odin, ruler of the Norse Gods, contends that Galactus
Galactus
wishes to ensure that he is not replaced in the next universe. To avoid a protracted battle, the Silver Surfer offers to remain on Earth to guard the artifact on the proviso Galactus
Galactus
may have it once Asgard eventually passes. Galactus
Galactus
recruits a preacher he names Praeter to be his new herald.[71] Galactus
Galactus
is then pulled through a hole in space-time to an alternate universe[72] and meets another version of himself: a space-faring mechanical hive-mind called Gah Lak Tus.[73] The heroes of the alternate Earth travel to Earth-616 to acquire information on Galactus[74] and eventually manage to send Galactus
Galactus
to the Negative Zone, reasoning that he will eventually starve to death as the region is composed of anti-matter.[75] A comatose Galactus
Galactus
is found by the Eternals and Aarkus who hope to use him in their war on the alien Kree.[76] Galactus
Galactus
returns to the universe, and after an encounter with Squirrel Girl,[77] is forced into his own incubator by the Ultimates, who are determined to end his threat. Galactus
Galactus
re-emerges as a Lifebringer instead of a Devourer of Worlds, his first act being to restore Archeopia, the first world he ever consumed.[78] The entity later rescues the team at the behest of Eternity, and learns that the latter has been imprisoned by an unknown force. Galactus
Galactus
also comes into conflict with fellow cosmics Lord Chaos and Master Order, who, with the Molecule Man, wish for Galactus
Galactus
to return to his former role as a Devourer of Worlds and thereby restore order to the universe. Galactus locates the hero Anti-Man outside the multiverse and, after transforming him into a Herald of Life, sends him to recruit the recently disbanded Ultimates
Ultimates
to help discover the identity of Eternity's captor, who is later revealed to be the First Firmament, the first iteration of the cosmos. Lord Chaos and Master Order bring Galactus
Galactus
to trial before the Living Tribunal, still seeking to restore Galactus
Galactus
to his former state for the sake of the cosmic balance. Although Galactus
Galactus
successfully argues that the balance of the new multiverse is different and his old role is obsolete, the Tribunal is destroyed by a Firmament-influenced Master Order and Lord Chaos. After a brief battle, Master Order decides to create a new cosmic order which it and Lord Chaos control. Their former servant, the In-Betweener, is forcibly merged with them into a new cosmic being called Logos. After destroying several Celestials, Logos forcibly transforms Galactus
Galactus
back into the Devourer of Worlds. The process is reversed when Anti-Man sacrifices his life to restore Galactus
Galactus
as the Lifebringer. Galactus
Galactus
then swears to free the imprisoned Eternity.[79] Powers and abilities[edit] The first (and oldest) living entity in the universe,[80] Galactus
Galactus
was created during the union of the Sentience of the (previous) Universe and Galan of Taa,[81][82][83] and is described as "the physical, metamorphosed embodiment of a cosmos."[84] Although not an abstract, non-corporeal being,[85] Galactus
Galactus
is a living force of nature set on correcting the imbalances between the conceptual entities: Eternity and Death.[86] His true form cannot be perceived by most beings;[87] each species sees Galactus
Galactus
in a form they can comprehend, similar to their race or a deity of their religion.[1][40] Galactus
Galactus
has also appeared as a humanoid star when addressing fellow members of the cosmic hierarchy.[81][88][89] Galactus
Galactus
utilizes cosmic energy known as the Power Cosmic
Power Cosmic
to perform feats, which have included universal cosmic awareness,[90] telepathy,[91] telekinesis,[92] energy projection;[93] size alteration;[94] transmutation of matter;[95] teleportation of objects across space,[94] creation of force fields[95] and interdimensional portals;[96] creation of life,[97] resurrection,[98] manipulating souls,[99] memories and emotions,[100] and mass-scale events such as recreating dead worlds in every detail (including illusions of their entire populations)[100] and destroying multiple solar systems simultaneously.[101] A frequent act has been appointing an individual as his herald, granting each in turn a small fraction of the Power Cosmic. This Power replaces the auras (or souls) of the recipient, with each wielder's physical form adapting to store the energy and in turn allow manipulation for feats such as energy projection.[102] Galactus
Galactus
is also capable of removing the Power Cosmic
Power Cosmic
from the herald.[103] The herald locates planets for Galactus
Galactus
to consume, as the entity maintains his existence by devouring planets with the potential to support life, resulting in the extinction of entire extraterrestrial civilizations.[104] Galactus
Galactus
also employs an Elemental Converter when devouring planets to aid in the efficient conversion of matter into energy. Galactus
Galactus
has on occasion been severely weakened due to a lack of sustenance, and on one occasion was defeated whilst in this state by the combined Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
and Avengers.[105] In this state, Galactus
Galactus
has also shown susceptibility to Ikonn's spell, which forces him to remember all of the beings he has destroyed from his feeding.[105] Galactus
Galactus
also employs incredibly advanced science capable to produce objects such as the Punisher robots,[106] the Ultimate Nullifier (a weapon capable of destroying and remaking the multiverse)[107] and his space station Taa II.[108] Reed Richards has speculated that Taa II may be the greatest source of energy in the universe.[109] Heralds[edit] Heralds in the main continuity of the Marvel
Marvel
Universe include:

Tyrant[110] (deceased)[111] Fallen One[112] (deceased)[113] Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(ongoing ally)[114] Air-Walker[115] (deceased)[116] Firelord[117] (released)[118] Destroyer[118] (released)[119] Terrax the Tamer[120] (de-powered)[121] Nova[121] (released)[122] Morg
Morg
the Executioner[123] (deceased)[116] Red Shift[124] (deceased)[125] Human Torch[126] (released)[127] Stardust[128][129] Praeter[130] Anti-Man[131] (deceased)[132]

Other versions[edit] Numerous versions of Galactus
Galactus
exist in alternate universes: The Adventures of the X-Men[edit] The final issue of The Adventures of the X-Men
X-Men
reveals that the previous universe from which Galan originates was Earth-92131. Galan's rebirth as Galactus
Galactus
is depicted as being observed by the Living Tribunal and the Brothers from DC vs. Marvel.[133] Amalgam Comics[edit] In the Amalgam Comics universe that combines Marvel
Marvel
and DC characters, Galactus
Galactus
is combined with DC's Brainiac to create Galactiac, a being that consumes planetary energy but also leaves some of the world for his own personal study.[134][135] Bullet Points[edit] The five-issue miniseries Bullet Points (Jan.–May 2007) Galactus arrives on Earth with the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
and kills most of Earth's heroes. Their sacrifice inspires the Surfer to turn on Galactus, who subsequently flees Earth. Cancerverse[edit] The limited series The Thanos
Thanos
Imperative features the huge Galactus Engine.[136] Earth X[edit] In the limited series Earth X, Galactus
Galactus
is one of the three entities in the universe responsible for keeping cosmic entities the Celestials in check. By destroying planets ("eggs" of the Celestials), Galactus prevents the beings from overpopulating the universe. Franklin Richards eventually adopts Galactus's identity.[137] Exiles[edit] The series Exiles features a version of Galactus
Galactus
that restores rather than destroys worlds, and empowers the being Sabretooth to defeat a renegade Silver Surfer.[138] Guardians of the Galaxy[edit] In the alternate future of Earth-691, the original Guardians of the Galaxy witness the formation of a symbiotic relationship between Galactus
Galactus
and the former Silver Surfer, now known as the Keeper. Having been named a Protector of the Universe by Eon and further empowered with the Quantum Bands, the Keeper possesses sufficient power to constantly supply Galactus
Galactus
with energy, ending his need to consume worlds.[139] Heroes Reborn[edit] The second volume of the Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
features a pocket universe created by Franklin Richards after the events of the Onslaught saga, and includes a version of Galactus
Galactus
with five Heralds, all of whom are worshiped by the Inhumans.[140] Mangaverse[edit] Galactus
Galactus
appears as a gigantic, planet-sized life form—complete with a single, massive eye and tentacles—covered with a number of life forms ( Galactus
Galactus
spores), which aid its digestion.[141] Marvel
Marvel
Two-In-One[edit] When the Thing and the Human Torch search the multiverse for the missing Richards' family, their first new universe visited is a world where the Thing died in the first battle with Galactus
Galactus
and Doctor Doom saved Earth by transferring his mind into Galactus, with the result that Earth has been spared but Doom's hunger for power has led him to devour every other planet in the universe.[volume & issue needed] Marvel
Marvel
Zombies[edit] The limited series Marvel Zombies
Marvel Zombies
features the Earth-2149 universe, which is infected by a virus changing sentient beings into flesh-eating zombies. Galactus' power is absorbed when consumed by the infected Avengers.[142] MC2[edit] The MC2 title Last Planet Standing
Last Planet Standing
features a future version of Galactus
Galactus
that eventually merges with the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
and vows to repair rather than destroy worlds.[143] Ultimate Marvel[edit] Main article: Ultimate Galactus
Galactus
Trilogy Three limited series (Ultimate Nightmare, Ultimate Secret and Ultimate Extinction) introduce the threatening entity Gah Lak Tus. First mentioned by the robot Ultimate Vision, Gah Lak Tus is a group mind of city-sized robotic drones. The drones use envoys similar to the Silver Surfer, who introduce a flesh-eating virus into planets.[144] Gah Lak Tus merges with Galactus
Galactus
when a temporal rift sends Galactus
Galactus
to the Ultimate Marvel
Ultimate Marvel
universe.[73] In other media[edit] Television[edit]

"Galactus", an episode of the series Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
(1967), voiced by Ted Cassidy. " Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
and the Coming of Galactus" (2 episodes), "The Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus", "To Battle the Living Planet” and "When Calls Galactus", episodes of the updated series Fantastic Four (1994), voiced by Tony Jay. Regular appearances in the 1998 Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
cartoon series, voiced by James Blendick. "Last Exit Before Doomsday", an episode of The Super Hero Squad Show (2009–2011), voiced by George Takei. "Prisoner of War" and " Avengers Assemble", episodes of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010–2013). " Galactus
Galactus
Goes Green", an episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013–2015), voiced by John DiMaggio.[145] "Guardians and Spaceknights", an episode of Avengers Assemble (2013).

Film[edit]

A version of Galactus
Galactus
as appearing in the feature film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(2007).

A version of Galactus—called "Gah-Lak-Tus" in the novelization—appeared in the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as a cosmic hurricane-like cloud. Fox apparently wished for the character to remain "discreet": hence the altered appearance.[146] Visual effects studio Weta Digital
Weta Digital
convinced Fox to add hints of the character's comic-book appearance, including a shadow and a fiery mass inside the cosmic cloud resembling Galactus' signature helmet.[146] Director Tim Story said he created Galactus
Galactus
as a cosmic cloud so a future Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
spin-off film would be unique as the character had yet to appear in comic-book form.[147] Film writer J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael Straczynski
stated "You don't want to sort of blow out something that big and massive for one quick shot in the first movie."[148]

Video games[edit] Galactus
Galactus
appears in:

Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(NES, 1990) Fantastic 4—Flame On (Game Boy Advance, 2005) Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (voiced by Gregg Berger: PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2
& X360, 2006) Marvel-level pack for LittleBigPlanet
LittleBigPlanet
(PS3, 2008) Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PS2 & PSP, 2008) Marvel
Marvel
Super Hero Squad (PS2, 2009) Marvel
Marvel
Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
The Infinity Gauntlet
( PS3
PS3
& X360, 2010) Marvel
Marvel
vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (voiced by Jonathan Adams: PS3 & X360, 2011)[149][150] Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
virtual pinball game for Pinball FX 2
Pinball FX 2
(PS3, 2011)[151] Lego Marvel
Marvel
Super Heroes (voiced by John DiMaggio: PS4, XOne
XOne
& X360, 2013).[152][153]

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External links[edit]

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Dorrek VII Paibok Super-Skrull

Stardust Terrax Trapster Kristoff Vernard Wizard

Locations

Baxter Building Four Freedoms Plaza Latveria Negative Zone

Publications

Previous

Fantastic Four Fantastic Force Fantastic Four FF Marvel
Marvel
Knights 4 Marvel
Marvel
Two-in-One Super-Villain Team-Up The Thing

Limited

Fantastic Four: 1234 Fantastic Four: The End Spider-Man
Spider-Man
and the Fantastic Four

Other continuities

Doom 2099 Fantastic Five Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
2099 Marvel
Marvel
1602: Fantastick Four Superman/Fantastic Four Ultimate Fantastic Four

Storylines

"The Galactus
Galactus
Trilogy" "This Man... This Monster!" "Days of Future Present"

Alternate versions

Mister Fantastic Invisible Woman Human Torch The Thing Doctor Doom

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Fantastic Four
Incorporated Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
in popular media Fantasticar Future Foundation

Spider-Man

List of Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
members List of Ultimate Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
story arcs Unstable molecules

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Creators

Stan Lee Arnold Drake Roy Thomas Dan Abnett Andy Lanning

Members

1969 team members

Charlie-27 Martinex T'Naga Nikki Starhawk Talon Vance Astro/Major Victory Yondu
Yondu
Udonta

2008 team members

Adam Warlock Bug Cosmo the Spacedog Drax the Destroyer Gamora Groot Jack Flag Mantis Moondragon Quasar (Phyla-Vell) Rocket Raccoon Star-Lord

Supporting characters

Annihilators

Beta Ray Bill Gladiator Quasar Ronan the Accuser Silver Surfer

Avengers Kismet Nova Corps

Richard Rider Sam Alexander

Starjammers

Antagonists

Annihilus Badoon Blastaar Brood Ego the Living Planet Galactus Hala the Accuser J'son Korvac Magus Nebula Shi'ar Empire

Vulcan

Skrull Thanos Titus Universal Church of Truth

Storylines

Annihilation Annihilation: Conquest War of Kings Realm of Kings The Thanos
Thanos
Imperative The Black Vortex

In other media

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
(film)

soundtrack

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Vol. 2

soundtrack

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
(TV series) Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Lego Marvel
Marvel
Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos
Thanos
Threat

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Cosmic entities Knowhere Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
– Mission: Breakout! Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
(roller coaster)

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Marvel
Marvel
cosmic entities

Supreme entities

The One Above All Fulcrum Infinites Living Tribunal

Abstract concepts

Death Destiny Entropy Eternity Infinity Lord Chaos Master Hate Master Order Mistress Love Oblivion

Universal functions

Proemial Gods

Aegis Antiphon Brio Diableri Tenebrous

Abraxas The Celestials Eon Epoch Galactus The Horde In-Betweener Numinus Phoenix Stranger

Other

Cosmic Forces

Enigma Force Nova Force Power Cosmic Power Primordial

Beyonders

Cosmic Cubes

Beyonder/Kosmos Kubik Molecule Man Shaper of Worlds

Genesis Korvac Kronos Onslaught Protégé Tyrant The Watchers

Cosmic objects

Cosmic Egg Forever Crystal Infinity Gems Infinity Union M'Kraan Crystal Nega-Bands Quantum Bands Star Brand Ultimate Nullifier

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Marvel's cosmic setting

Alien species

Acanti Badoon Beyonders Brood Celestials D'Bari Dire Wraiths Galadorians Kree Kymellians Phalanx Shi'ar Skrulls Symbiotes Watcher

Groups

Access Blood Brothers Captain Marvel
Marvel
(Mar-Vell) High Evolutionary Howard the Duck Maelstrom Magus Molecule Man Nebula Paibok Super-Skrull Thanos Uatu The Watcher Wraith Universal Church of Truth

Agents of Cosmos

Agent Venom

Elders of the Universe

Astronomer Champion Collector Contemplator Ego Gardener Grandmaster Obliterator Possessor Runner Trader

Fraternity of Raptors

Darkhawk Gyre Talon Razor

Heralds of Galactus

Air-Walker Fallen One Firelord Morg Nova Red Shift Silver Surfer Stardust Terrax Tyrant

Imperial Guard (Shi'ar)

Electron Fang Flashfire Gladiator Hobgoblin Magique Mentor Neutron Nightside Oracle Pulsar Smasher Starbolt Titan

Nova Corps

Garthan Saal Powerhouse Richard Rider (Nova Prime) Rhomann Dey Sam Alexander

Royal Family (Inhumans)

Black Bolt Crystal Gorgon Karnak Luna Maximoff Maximus Medusa Triton

Spaceknights

Ikon Rom the Spaceknight Starshine

Microverse

Jarella Psycho-Man Psyklop

Negative Zone

Annihilus Blastaar Ravenous

Storylines

The Infinity Gauntlet The Infinity War The Infinity Crusade Annihilation Annihilation: Conquest War of Kings Realm of Kings The Thanos
Thanos
Imperative Infinity The Black Vortex

Superhuman races

Deviants Eternals Inhumans

Teams

Annihilators

Beta Ray Bill Cosmo Gladiator Ikon Quasar Ronan the Accuser Silver Surfer

Enigma Force

Arcturus Rann Bug Flare Marionette Quark

Guardians of the Galaxy

Adam Warlock Drax the Destroyer Gamora Groot Mantis Quasar (Phyla-Vell) Rocket Raccoon Star-Lord

Infinity Watch

Adam Warlock Drax the Destroyer Gamora Maxam Moondragon Pip the Troll

Starjammers

Ch'od Corsair Hepzibah Korvus Raza Longknife Sikorsky

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Silver Surfer

Stan Lee Jack Kirby

Supporting characters

Adam Warlock Air-Walker Alicia Masters Avengers Beta Ray Bill Drax the Destroyer Fantastic Four Eternals Firelord Galactus Guardians of the Galaxy Infinity Watch Mantis Nova (Richard Rider) Nova (Frankie Raye) Pip the Troll Shalla-Bal Stardust Thor

Enemies

Annihilus Champion of the Universe Doctor Doom Ego the Living Planet Elders of the Universe Galactus Korvac Kree Mephisto Midnight Sun Morg Nebula Possessor Reptyl Red Shift Skrulls Stranger Terrax Thanos Tyrant

Group affiliations

Annihilators Defenders Heralds of Galactus The Order

Titles and storylines

Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(comic book) Annihilation Fantastic Four The Galactus
Galactus
Trilogy Heroes Reborn The Infinity Gauntlet Ultimate Fantastic Four

Other media

Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(1990 video game) Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(1998 animated series) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(film) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
(video game)

See also

Power Cosmic Supreme Intelligence Surfing with the Alien The Power Cosmic

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Skrulls

Stan Lee Jack Kirby

Skrulls

Anelle Dorrek VII Dorrek VIII/Hulkling/Teddy Altman Ethan Edwards Jazinda John the Skrull Lyja Khn'nr Morrat Paibok Revolutionary Sk'ym'x/Skrullian Skymaster Titannus Veranke Z'Reg/Crusader

Super-Skrulls

Kl'rt Xavin

Enemies

Avengers Captain America Captain Marvel Deadpool Fantastic Four Galactus Guardians of the Galaxy Hulk Inhumans Iron Man Kree New Warriors Nova Runaways Silver Surfer Spider-Man Thor Wolverine X-Men

Storylines

Kree– Skrull
Skrull
War Annihilation Secret Invasion

Related articles

Deviant Dire Wraith Shaper of Worlds Skrull
Skrull
Kill Krew Captain Marvel

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Thanos

Jim Starlin

Storylines

The Thanos
Thanos
Quest The Infinity Gauntlet The Infinity War The Infinity Crusade Infinity Abyss Annihilation The Thanos
Thanos
Imperative Thanos
Thanos
Rising Infinity

Allies

Adam Warlock Annihilus Death Corvus Glaive Hela Mephisto Nebula Proxima Midnight

Enemies

Avengers Black Widow Captain America Captain Mar-Vell Deadpool Doctor Doom Doctor Strange Drax the Destroyer Fantastic Four Galactus Gamora Guardians of the Galaxy Hawkeye Hulk Inhumans Iron Man Ka-Zar Kree Kronos Loki Mentor Moondragon Nick Fury Nova Odin Rogue Ronan the Accuser Silver Surfer S.H.I.E.L.D. Spider-Man Squirrel Girl Starfox Star-Lord Thor Wolverine X-Men

Team affiliations

Infinity Watch Secret Defenders Black Order The Cabal

Related items

Cosmic Cube Infinity Gems Darkseid

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Thor
Thor
( Marvel
Marvel
Comics)

Stan Lee Larry Lieber Jack Kirby

Allies

Angela Balder Beta Ray Bill Captain America Jane Foster Frigga Gaea Heimdall Hercules Hermod Hrimhari Iron Man Kelda Odin Sif Silver Surfer Thor
Thor
Girl Thunderstrike

Eric Masterson Kevin Masterson

Tyr Valkyrie Vidar Volla Warriors Three

Fandral Hogun Volstagg

Zeus

Enemies

Absorbing Man Ares Bloodaxe Cobra Crusader Dark Gods

Perrikus

Desak Destroyer Ego the Living Planet Enchanters Three Enchantress Executioner Fafnir Fenris Wolf Firelord Grey Gargoyle Growing Man Hela Karnilla Kurse Laufey Loki Lorelei Malekith the Accursed Man-Beast Mangog Mercurio the 4-D Man Midgard Serpent Minotaur Mr. Hyde Mongoose Pluto Possessor Quicksand Radioactive Man Ragnarok Serpent Surtur Titania Ulik Wrecking Crew

Wrecker Bulldozer Piledriver Thunderball

Ymir Zarrko

Bibliography

Journey into Mystery Thor: Blood Oath Thor: Son of Asgard Thor: Vikings Ultimate Comics: Thor

In other media

Television

The Marvel
Marvel
Super Heroes The Incredible Hulk Returns

Film

Marvel
Marvel
Animated Features Thor

soundtrack

Thor: The Dark World

soundtrack

Team Thor Thor: Ragnarok

soundtrack

Video games

Thor: God of Thunder Thor: Son of Asgard

Thor
Thor
& Loki: Blood Brothers

Related articles

Thor
Thor
in Norse mythology Alternative versions

Ultimate Thor

Asgard Dwarves Elves Giants Hugin and Munin Mjolnir Norns

Norn Stones

Trolls Valkyrior Thor
Thor
(comics)

Category

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Ultimates

Creators

Al Ewing Kenneth Rocafort Travel Foreman

Members

Blue Marvel Black Panther Spectrum Miss America Captain Marvel

Allies

Giant-Man Galactus S.H.I.E.L.D. Ulysses

Antagonists

Hydra Lord Chaos Maker Master

.