Eternity is the twin brother of Infinity; Along with their sibling counterparts, Death and Oblivion. together they share the responsibility of maintaining the balance between life and death, tranquility and entropy. Eternity is part of a small cosmic pantheon that represents the three essential forces in the universe, being equity (Galactus), necessity (Eternity & Infinity) and vengeance (Death & Oblivion). Also, if Galactus ever dies or does not exist, the opposite of Eternity, Abraxas, would come into being. Where Infinity represents all space within the universe, Eternity represents all time, although sometimes Eternity can take Infinity’s place in some cases.
Eternity is Marvel comics character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Eternity first appears in Strange Tales #138 released in 1965.
Major Story Arcs
Contacted by the Sorcerer Supreme
The first human to contact Eternity was Dr. Strange when the villain Dormammu attempted to manifest in the earthly dimension. Later he was contacted by Galactus and the Watcher when Mr. Fantastic was put on trial. Later still he heeded his sister’s Infinity’s summons when Oblivion attempted to alter their previous deal through his Avatar, Maelstrom.
Shortly afterward he was summoned by Adam Warlock when the Thanos the Mad Titan had collected the six Infinity Gems. He battled with other cosmic deities against the might of Thanos. He was the last to take him on, but the Infinity Gauntlet proved too powerful and Thanos took over as all of reality. This is when he lost his concentration and lost the gauntlet. A trial was held by the Living Tribunal, and he and Eternity agreed that the Infinity Gauntlet was to powerful for anyone and created the Infinity Watch. Together, the gems had no power.
But Eternity did not approve of any of the choices for who was to care for the gems and had a meeting with the Living Tribunal in an attempt to give possession of the gems to Eternity himself. Although the Living Tribunal did not fully agree with the choices either, he ruled that the gems should remain where they are. Never had any power rivaled that of Eternity, so he believed them a great threat and worried over them. This uncertainty had brought unpredictability into Eternity's existence for the first time, and the Living Tribunal told him he must deal with it as all other living beings must.
He and Infinity played a large role in the defeat of the Magus. He was placed in a catatonic state at the beginning of the Infinity War. Galactus pleaded with the Tribunal to repower the gems, but he required Eternity's decision. Galactus used Gamora to release him from this state and agreed to repower the gems. Unfortunately, the Magus obtained the gauntlet. But Magus was tricked and the gauntlet was incomplete, containing a fake reality gem. Eternity and Infinity combined and with the help of Adam Warlock, they defeated the Magus. When the event was over, he agreed that under no circumstances should the gems be used together ever again.
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.
Once the powerful demon called Nightmare wanted to gain control over the universe by placing Eternity to sleep. Nightmare forced more than a third of all living sentient beings to sleep which caused Eternity to be trapped in a dream state. Once in the dream state, Nightmare gained control over Eternity and made Eternity use its cosmic powers to seemingly destroyed Earth. Doctor Strange, who possessed the Gift of Extended Life, did not die, and journeyed to Nightmare's realm in order to liberate Eternity from Nightmare's influence and control. Dr Strange frees Eternity and persuades Eternity to recreate the destroyed Earth. Eternity agrees and brings Earth back again.
When a being known as Altez begins to die, it causes Eternity and Infinity to fuse together. Altez is responsible for tethering actuality from falling into the astral abyss. Without a replacement, his death would cause reality to be destroyed. Adam Warlock is able to get the replacement at the last moment, stabilizing reality and splitting Eternity and Infinity back into their own forms.
When an advanced race known as the Oditopians began research on quantum destabilization, it created an irritation in reality that Eternity had to remove. He sent his contrasepsis, mindless beings used to repair wounds in reality, to repair the damage. As the Oditopians advanced their research, the problem grew out of control and was causing Eternity to die.
The Oditopians were eventually eradicated by the contrasepsis, but the problem became worse as the contrasepsis were unable to repair Eternity. Learning of the trouble to all of reality, the Fantastic Four (along with Black Panther and Storm) lead the way to solve the mystery. They were able to locate Eternity with the help of the Silver Surfer. There they found Doctor Strange who was also trying to save reality.
Mr. Fantastic was able to diagnose the problem. Eternity needed surgery, which was a remarkable task. So Eternity wold feel no pain, his essence was transferred by Strange into Storm. But they needed a fundamental force to 'cut' the fabric of reality. Uatu the Watcher broke his oath of non-interference and brought them the recently resurrected Gravity. Strange was able to remove the damaged area with everyone's help and Eternity and all reality were saved.
Powers and Abilities
Eternity is a being which is virtually omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Eternity, being an entity, exists in all places simultaneously and at all times, it merely chooses an avatar to communicate with beings in the physical realm. Eternity can alter space, matter, energy, reality and time around him to achieve virtually any affect he desires.
Height: Variable as well as incalculable.
Weight: Variable as well as incalculable.
Eyes: Black with stars
Each universe in the multiverse has it's own Eternity. His role is relatively unchanged.
There was once mention of a Multi-Eternity who "ensures a boundless multiverse," but this is a highly debated subject. Whether this was a character or concept is unclear. The idea of a multiversal Eternity creates problems with the hierarchy of the cosmic order and no "multi" versions of other cosmic abstracts have ever been mentioned. Generally, multiversal issues are handled by the Living Tribunal and most regard the concept of a Multi-Eternity as an erroneous statement, as can happen from time to time within continuity.