There are a great number of gods in Marvel Comics, from entities that exist outside the prime reality, to cosmically powerful scientists seeding planets with life, to even figures present in real-world religious (or otherwise theological) stories or beliefs. While these gods have been explored in great detail throughout Marvel history, there are some who have most certainly been left on the proverbial sidelines, and therefore are not very well known with casual fans.

Some of the more obvious examples of gods in Marvel Comics include the likes of Thor and the Asgardians, as they are pulled straight from Norse mythology. There’s also Zeus and the demigod Hercules from Greek mythology, and Moon Knight’s Khonshu from Egyptian mythology, just to name a few. Then, there are entities like the Celestials, who create life across the cosmos. And then, there are the otherworldly entities on their own plane of existence, like the One Above All or even the Beyonders, whose powers are awe-inspiring, and utterly absolute. While these gods are familiar even to the most casual Marvel Comics fan, they only scratch the surface of what’s out there. In no particular order, here are the Top 10 most powerful cosmic gods many fans haven’t even heard of.

Infinity (who debuted in Quasar #24 by Mark Gruenwald and Greg Capullo) is the sister of Eternity and – like her brother – is an abstract entity who is also the embodiment of the entire Marvel Universe. Together, Infinity and Eternity have complete dominion over the universe, and their authority is second only to the Living Tribunal. As revealed in the Quasar series, Infinity is the source of power for Quasar’s Quantum Bands, which allowed him to become Infinity’s living avatar (not too dissimilar to Moon Knight and Khonshu’s relationship).

The counterpart of Infinity (just as Death is the counterpart of Eternity), Oblivion is another abstract entity who actually predates the multiverse, as he represents non-existence itself. Interestingly enough, this cosmic being made his first appearance in Iceman #1 by J.M. DeMatteis and Alan Kupperberg, though despite his humble beginnings, Oblivion is a terrifying force in the Marvel Universe. This is proven true through his avatars alone, including the Chaos King, who’s literally a being of primordial darkness.

A trinity that represents the foundation of the universe from birth to death, Entropy, Explosion, and Gravitation is/are the offspring of Eternity, and yet another abstract entity. The Entropy aspect of this god personifies the ‘Big Freeze’, the Explosion aspect personifies the ‘Big Bang’, and Gravitation personifies the ‘Big Crunch’. This being made their debut in Starbrand & Nightmask #1 by Greg Weisman and Dominike Stanton, and while they haven’t made that grand of an impact on the wider Marvel Universe, the significance of their very existence speaks for itself.

Like the three previous entries, the Never Queen is also an abstract entity who is the living embodiment of possibility, and is Eternity’s occasional lover. Debuting in Silver Surfer #1 by Dan Slott and Michael Allred, it’s explained that the Never Queen exists outside of space and time after she ventured into a mysterious area of the cosmos aptly known as the Mystery. It was at that point the Never Queen took on that moniker, as she was previously known as the Pilgrim, and was the embodiment of the Fourth Cosmos before being replaced.

The embodiment of the Fifth Cosmos (whose name is currently unknown) is the one who replaced the Never Queen in her previous role. The Fifth Cosmos made their first appearance in Ultimates 2 #100 by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, and Marco Lorenzana, and thereafter, it was revealed that the Fifth Cosmos is where magic and sorcery first formed. The embodiment of the Fifth was called upon to battle the First Cosmos during the Eternity War, using chains strong enough to bind Eternity against them.

The First Firmament, otherwise known as the First Cosmos, sought to reclaim their position as the current universe, before the many renewal cycles usurped their position. Upon the renewal that created the Eighth Universe, the First Firmament launched an attack against Eternity, resulting in the aforementioned Eternity War. Ultimates 2 #5 by Al Ewing and Travel Foreman was the issue in which the First Firmament made their first appearance (despite being mentioned several times beforehand), though their history in Marvel canon stretches way further back than that. In fact, it was in the First Cosmos where the Celestials were created, and the First Firmament was actually nearly destroyed by the war the space gods launched (which was known as the Celestial War). The First Firmament was the one and only universe before every other, and the majority of their appearances in Marvel Comics are spent trying to reestablish that status quo.

Shanzar is unique on this list as he wasn’t born a cosmic god, nor is he the embodiment of universal properties mortal minds can barely comprehend, but instead turned himself into something that arguably surpasses that of a god. Shanzar was the Sorcerer Supreme of a dimension known as the Strange World who managed to assimilate everything and everyone in his reality, and sought to leave his dimension to conquer other worlds throughout the multiverse. In fact, in Incredible Hulk #370 by Peter David and Dale Keown, Shanzar was able to breach his dimension and possess the Hulk, transforming the Avenger into Dark Hulk, who had the means to decimate the world with little effort. While Shanzar wasn’t born as a universal embodiment, he certainly became one, and turned himself into a multiversal threat of the highest regard.

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