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Eternity is the spirit of the universe. As such he can use any power, but he does not do so with regularity. Eternity's humanoid form is an artifical manifestation and cannot be perceived unless he wishes to make contact with a humanoid.
Eternity came into existence when the universe was formed (along with Galactus, Death, Oblivion, and Infinity) and spontaneously assumed the collective consciousness of all living things in the Universe. He is every living thing and every living thing is him; thus he controls everything in all plains of existence with the exception of the Living Tribunal, who maintains the cosmic balance of power. Eternity is the physical incarnation of time, whereas his sister Infinity represents space. Also, if Galactus ever dies or does not exist, the opposite of Eternity, Abraxas, would come into being. Eternity is guarded by Captain Universe. (taken from an old copy of the Handbook of the Marvel Universe): The origin and precise nature of the abstract being known as Eternity are unknown and unknowable. It is the sum total of collective consciousness of all living things in the universe, the embodiment of their life as Death is the embodiment of the ending of that life. Unlike Death, which Eternity refers to as it's sibling, Eternity does not often take an active hand in the dealings of the trillions of lives that make up it's total. However, 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 extradimensional 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. While not as organized as the "death-gods" that serve Death, these servants are usually powerful individuals, such as Doctor Strange, who may combat the attackers on their own mortal levels. These servants have a vested interest in seeing Eternity survive intact, as Eternity makes their very existance possible.
First Appearance: Strange Tales (1951) #138
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#4 Amazing Adventures (1970)
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#16 Avengers Forever (1998)
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#8 Avengers Infinity (2000)
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#4 Avengers: Celestial Quest (2001)
- 'The Hand of the Infinites!'
#2 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'Madonna Reborn!'#6
- 'The Chase!'
#4 Captain Marvel (2002)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Chaos War (2010)
#2 Cyblade/Ghost Rider (1997)
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#1 Damage Control (vol. 3) (1991)
- 'Devil's Reign Chapter Two'
#4 Defenders (2005)
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#2 Die Spinne (1980)
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#135 Doctor Strange (1968)
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#172 Doctor Strange (1974)
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- 'And Juggernaut Makes Three!'#183
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- 'Footnote to Infinity'#43
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- 'Strange Bedfellows, Part II'#54
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#1 Guardians Of The Galaxy (1990)
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#16 Heroes Reborn: The Return (1997)
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#44 Marvel (1988)
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#2 Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985)
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#21 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
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#1 Marvel: Now What?! (With Digital Code) (2013)
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#2 New Thunderbolts (2005)
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 04 Quasar (1989)
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#25 Secret Wars II (1985)
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#6 She-Hulk (2005)
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#20 Silver Surfer (1987)
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#274 The Avengers (1963)
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#4 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
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#18 What If...? (1989)
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#1 X-Men Forever (2001)
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