Cosmic entity (Marvel Comics)

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Cosmic entities, also referred to as cosmic beings, are a type of fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They possess power on a universal or multiversal level, far beyond those of conventional superheroes, and frequently serve an intrinsic function in the universe. They are part of Marvel's cosmic setting.[1]

Cosmic entity
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceStrange Tales #138 (November 1965)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko


The Marvel Universe contains a number of characters that exist within yet apart of the universe, they are referred to as cosmic beings or abstract entities. Some embodying concepts like death or time.

Each cosmic being is unique, but they often have the following characteristics in common:

  • Power greater than that of mortals.
  • No physical form. Save for when corporal forms are created to interact with lower lifeforms.
  • An amoral nature above concerns of lower lifeforms.

Gods and other dimensional creatures exist in the Marvel Universe and are not considered 'Cosmic entities.' The strongest, such as Atum, Odin, Dormammu and Mephisto et al may rival or exceed the power of certain cosmic beings but are not necessary for the universe to exist.

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