Omnipotent in one's dimension/realm/universe is a great feat, BUT is obsolete if that respective realm can be destroyed. I think Celestials have showed that they can contain/destroy entire universes.
Celestials can't contain a universe unless all of them are combined move and rearrange the celestial objects inside the universe. Are you confusing the Celestials to the Infinites? The Infinites have the ability to single-handedly contain the universe but the Infinities just like the Celestials, their energy can be sacrificed... Cyttorak's or Shuma's energies can't be sacrificed since their energy is eternal and infinite.
@Setherial: Your post was about omnipotence, not "nigh-omnipotence". Unless you aren't referring to Essential Omnipotence, or "Absolute" Omnipotence, that is.
His bio says 'virtually omnipotent' and virtually is like saying 'apparently but not really', so I wouldn't say that Shuma's bio is hyperbole.
It's Neigh-Omnipotent because Shuma-Gorath is not omniscient like agamotto. Since Shuma lacks some knowledge, that makes him not Omnipotent, but he still has the power of the infinites since he is basically the leach of all realities. I can just imagine a Celestial's power being siphoned instantly being near the vicinity of Shuma-Gorath's essence.
Shuma's still pretty damn smart. I mean he quoted Nietzsche when battling Strange. He's been spying on Earth for quite a while lol.
I'd say that most of the Celestials are no match for a properly written Shuma-Gorath. Thanos Imperative really solidifies that considering Shuma helped empower the Galactus Engine that was barreling through Celestials like cake.
IMO i think Marvel is implicating that Galactus has UNLIMITED POTENTIAL when amped by others. Kinda explains why SG used the Galactus engine in an attempt to conquer all. Or why the Black Celestial used him to conquer the universe. Or why Franklin Richards used him to save the universe. No doubt SG is powerful but i think he may not been powerful enough to pull off his scheme on his own. Food for thought.
Galactus can do a lot when amped. But Shuma-Gorath can also drain magical and non-magical energy without limit, meaning there's no actual limit to the amps that Shuma can get. Plus, at least in Thanos Imperative, the Kree detected "larger, more powerful entities" than the Galactus Engine about to come through the fault. Considering Shuma, Kthl, Yot-Sotr, and Nyerlathortech were the four Old Ones summoned during the ritual to kill Death (the most important task), it's clear that those four were the most powerful of the MAO's (and Shuma is the only MAO with any background of feats), and thus those four were more powerful than the Galactus Engine. Shuma's like the Big G of magic, imo. His powerful fluctuates based on where he's at and what he's consumed.
Good point.....So why was the Galactus engine even needed?? Imma have to re-read that arc. Either way, that version of SG + Cyttorak will be favorable against the 4th Host. Although SG's bio does says his power or something was on a planetary scale....in this case, maybe they won't be favorable vs the Host.