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Overpowered Beings: In ‘What If?’ Short Stories, Uatu The Watcher #BreaksTheFourthWall

 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS


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IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

FROM THE UNIVERSE’S OLDER RACES, THE WATCHERS SWORE TO OBSERVE


In Original Sin (2014) #0, the Watchers brings nuclear power to the Prosilicans. Marvel Comics.

During the Silver Age, Marvel Comics introduced The Watcher in “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” In Fantastic Four (1963) #13, the Fantastic Four are on a mission to the Blue Area of the moon. In the issue, Mister Fantastic experiments on a rocket fragment.

Then, he decides to travel by rocket to the Blue Area of the moon where the fragment came. However, a Russian scientist in the Soviet Union named Ivan Kragoff, is on a mission to the moon. In fact, he has selected his three apes with him, Igor, Piotr and Miklho in order to replicate the Fantastic Four’s powers.

Predictably, the mission succeeds and the villains are granted super powers from cosmic rays. On the moon, the Fantastic Four and Ivan’s team battle. However, the clash is cut short by the first appearance of the Watcher.

After Claiming the Blue Area as his home, he reveals his race’s vow to not interfere in the affairs of alien races and banishes both teams to the ruined city where they battle for superiority.

Forward into the Modern Age, we learn the origin of the race of Watchers’ vow. In the early beginnings of the universe, the Watchers were a technologically advanced and benevolent race. In order to help the planet Prosilicus, Ikor proposed to bring nuclear power to the Prosilican race.

Tragically, the technology led to nuclear warfare and auto-genocide on Prosilicus. Horrified at the Prosilican incident, Ikor created a code of ethics for the race. Now known as the Watchers, the cosmic gods would observe and not interfere.

OVERPOWERED, UATU CAN RESIST AND KILL GALACTUS

In 'Super-Villain Classics' (1983) #1, we find out the origin of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

In Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we find out the origin of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

In terms of powers, Uatu has been said to be powerful enough to shake a galaxy. Really, the Watcher is a cosmic god who can manipulate cosmic energy on an incalculable scale. As matter of fact, he has been stated to resist the telepathic probes of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

Furthermore, in Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we learn Galactus’ origin story. After the destruction of the previous universe, the Sentience of the Universe protected Galan in a Cosmic Egg. With the birth of the Seventh Cosmos, or Earth-616 universe, Galactus came out of gestation.

In the early universe, the Watchers were among the oldest races. Ecce the Watcher observed the Star God’s emergence and sensed his evil and Cosmic Hunger. In fact, he was powerful enough to kill him. But, sworn to not interfere, he let Galactus depart in his starship.

Like Ecce, Uatu probably is powerful enough to kill a hungry or young Galactus. Notably, Uatu possesses the powers of telepathy, energy manipulation, teleportation, time travel, cosmic awareness, force field generation, flight and immortality on a Multiversal scale.

 

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IN WHAT IF? THE WATCHER #BREAKSTHEFOURTHWALL

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

By now, Marvel-ites have watched the hit TV show called What If…? on Disney+. In fact, there is a popular battle between an alternate Ultron with The Infinity Stones and the Watcher. Nonetheless, the show is based on the successful Marvel series called What If?

Astoundingly, issues #23 to #31 of the series, showcase short stories by Watcher. Each short story exhibits the Watcher’s nigh-omniscience and his ability to see parallel universes of alternate timelines. In fact, in every issue, the Watcher introduces the short story as he addresses the reader.

Incredibly, this power is called Breaking The Fourth Wall. Here, a comic character or literature character is aware of being part of a story or addresses the reader and audience. Really, this super power suggests the Watcher is an Outerversal being.

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UATU KNEW ABOUT THE ULTIMATE NULLIFIER TO STOP GALACTUS

In 'Fantastic Four (1966) #50, the Human Torch retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier for Mister Fantastic to use against Galactus as specified by Uatu the Watcher.
In Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic must use the Ultimate Nullifier to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In The Galactus Trilogy, Watcher helps the Fantastic Four to stop Galactus. As matter of fact, the cosmic god revealed the heroes knowledge about Galactus’ homeworld, Taa II.

Importantly, Uatu knew the only way to stop the Devourer of Worlds was with an advanced technology from the solar system-sized homeworld. Namely, the Ultimate Nullifier.

In the battle Fantastic Four vs Galactus, the super-team was able to stop the end of the world and have Galactus depart with Uatu’s help.

POTENTIALLY, AN OUTERVERSAL BEING WHO #BREAKSTHEFOURTHWALL

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

In What If?, Uatu addresses the Marvel-ite reader and tells him a short story. Each story is about an alternate timeline in a parallel Marvel universe.

Really, the fact the Watcher can address the reader shows he #BreaksTheFourthWall. In literature, this is the greatest power. Also, Thought Robot Superman shares this power.

Per our calculations, #BreakingTheFourthWall is an Outerversal feat.

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IN WHAT IF? HE CAN SEE ALTERNATE TIMELINES

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

Generally, the What If? series is about Watcher seeing alternate timelines in the Marvel multiverse and telling the stories to the reader.

Indeed, the Watcher has a Cosmic Awareness that extends to the Multiversal scale. Perhaps, an extension of his time travel powers.

WATCHER HAS THE POWER TO SHAKE A GALAXY

Xakku in 'Tales of Suspense.'
Xakku in Tales of Suspense (1964) #55. Marvel Comics.

Impressively, Watcher has been stated to have the power to shake a galaxy. In Tales of Suspense (1964) #55, Xakku the Sun-Stealer calls him the most powerful being in the galaxy.

To test his vow, Xakku tells him that the sun near his planet is dying out. With his Sun-Stealer, he plans to steal the sun in Uatu’s solar system. After he asks Uatu if he will intervene.

In a whimsical play of events, Xakku’s nefarious plan is foiled when his starship falls into quicksand before it lands on Earth, saving the planet.


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Original Sin Vol 1 0 in Marvel Database.
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Super-Villain Classics Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 50 in Marvel Database.
Galactus Trilogy in Marvel Database.
What If? Vol 1 (1977–2011) in Marvel Database.
Tales of Suspense Vol 1 55 in Marvel Database.
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Battle Ranker Competition: It’s Official! Thanos With The Infinity Gauntlet Is The Most Powerful Villain

 

BATTLE RANKER

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We rank your favorite superheroes or villains in the Battle Ranker. Vote on our Twitter poll to determine your favorite superhero’s or villain’s Battle Rank!

On April 5th, the Battle Ranker Competition concluded. With 198 votes and five rounds, the year-long competition clashed 50 DC and 50 Marvel characters.

With one decisive vote over Crisis on Infinite Earths Anti-Monitor, Annihilation Silver Surfer and the Watcher, Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet proved to be the Invincible Warrior.

As the winner of the four-way Finals, Thanos earned Infinite Points to battle rank Extra-Dimensional, the highest level of Fighting Skills.

For more information, visit our DC vs Marvel article to see how Darkseid with the Anti-Life Equation vs Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet compare in Formidability Rating.

Importantly, though the Formidability Rating uses the Fighting Skills Scale, it takes into account four areas: Strength Class, Weaknesses, Quality Opponents and Limitations. As such, it is an accurate measure of Fighting Skills.

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Uatu The Watcher vs Random Team 7

 

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Round 3: Match-Up #7, Uatu the Watcher is challenged by Random Team 7. Random Team 7 has Wonder Woman, Deathstroke, Cable, Gladiator, Supergirl.

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Marvel Day: In ‘What If’, Phoenix Stops Galactus And Terrax In The Shi’ar Galaxy Then Goes On To Consume A Star, Earth And The Universe

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Mary Jo Duffy


Penciler(s)

Jerry Bingham


Inker(s)

John Stuart


Colorist(s)

Carl Gafford


Cover

Frank Miller


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

April 7, 1981

IN EXTINCTION

‘WHAT IF THE PHOENIX HAD NOT DIED’ ?

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.
In our short-story of love, passion, destruction and extinction, we begin with Uatu in the Earth-616 universe. 

To begin,the Watcher ponders the Phoenix's journey with the X-Men. In his musings, he contemplates an alternate reality...

Here, Phoenix did not die! Instead, the X-Men lost their battle against the Shi'ar and the Phoenix Force was psychically lobotomized from Jean Grey. But in reality, this was further from the truth.

On a fateful day, the X-Men were called into battle by Lilandra. On the alien planet Arama, our children of the atom were to face Galactus trying to consume the planet... and his herald Terrax! A fierce battle followed during which Terrax struck down the X-Men, even threatening Cyclops.

At that moment, we realized that the Phoenix had been laying dormant. Violently, she emerged and removed the Power Cosmic from Terrax. Then, she valiantly engaged Galactus in combat. Soon, she defeated him and repelled his invasion. However, Jean is overwhelmed by the fury and the passion of the Phoenix. A cosmic fiery bird of death and rebirth, Phoenix destroyed asteroids and consumed a star.

Eventually, the X-Men returned to Earth. When Shadowcat berated Jean for losing control, the telepath killed her. Soon, Dark Phoenix destroyed the X-Men one by one. Finally, the death of her lover, Cyclops, was the last straw.

In a fit of rage, folly and cosmic madness, the fiery bird consumed Earth, then the galaxy, and finally, the universe and beyond.

Here ends the story of the Phoenix which should serve as a cautionary tale to not let this fiery cosmic bird to reign unimpeded in the cosmos.

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Overpowered Beings: An Alpha Male Amped, Blue Marvel Is The #BlackSuperman Rooting Out Racism

 

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ADAM BRASHEAR IS AN ALPHA MALE

In Ultimates (2016) #4, Adam Brashear rescues Sergeant Conner Sims on his first day of combat.
In Ultimates (2016) #4, Adam Brashear rescues Sergeant Conner Sims on his first day of combat. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, is Blue Marvel’s explosive debut. For the origin story, Adam Brashear was born in Chicago, Illinois. At a young age, Adam attracted the attention as a child prodigy. As an adult, the young man attended Cornell University. There, he was a fullback on the football team and graduated magna cum laude. Incredibly, Adam had Ph.Ds. in electrical engineering and theoretical physics.

Really, Adam was an alpha male. During the Korean War, he served as a private in the Marine Corps. There, he met Sergeant Conner Sims. On his first day of combat, Adam saved Sergeant Sims’ life. In fact, Adam earned two Silver Stars.

AS #BLACKSUPERMAN, BLUE MARVEL SPORTS TOO MANY SUPER POWERS

Blue Marvel and the Mighty Avengers. Marvel Comics.

In Ultimates (2016) #4, we learn the origin of Blue Marvel. In 1960, Adam Brashear was working on Project Pegasus. At the time, the now agent of the Army Security Agency, Connor Sims, visited his lab. To this end, they aimed to retrieve anti-matter from the Negative Zone through a Negative Reactor. Through the singularity, they would stabilize the positive and negative energies. Certainly, they intended to generate limitless clean energy. Suddenly, the device exploded and forever changed both men. Adam was knocked unconscious while Connor dissipated away. Later, Adam became a stable antimatter reactor while Connor would become Anti-Man, his nemesis.

As Blue Marvel, Adam possesses a plethora of super powers: Anti-Matter Energy Absorption Physiology, Superhuman Strength, Nigh Invulnerability, Anti-Matter Manipulation with Concussive Force Bolts, Energy Pulse, Force field, Flight, Longevity, Matter Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Hyper-Cosmic Awareness.

Even more impressive, Blue Marvel possesses these powers at a level comparable to Sentry.

RACISM IN AMERICA FORCED BLUE MARVEL TO RETIRE

In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, Blue Marvel's identity is revealed when his helmet is damage in battle.
In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, Blue Marvel’s identity is revealed when his helmet is damage in battle. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, racism in America forces Blue Marvel into early retirement. During a battle, Blue Marvel’s full-face helmet is damaged. At that time, America discovers that their hero is an African American. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy grants the #BlackSuperman the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On the same day, he orders Blue Marvel to retire. Though initially conflicted, Blue Marvel eventually retires.

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WHY BLUE MARVEL IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

HE REGULARLY HANGS WITH UATU THE WATCHER

In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu the Watcher's baby.
In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu the Watcher’s baby. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #4, Blue Marvel and Uatu the Watcher’s friendship starts. On the Blue Area of the moon, Blue Marvel leaves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. There, he meets the Watcher. Later, Blue Marvel will have multiple conversations at important moments. In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel and Uatu become peers. Amazingly, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu The Watcher’s baby. Indeed, family ties of cosmic proportions.

POWERFUL ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THE SQUADRON SUPREME

In Squadron Supreme (2016) #10, Ulysses' visions guide Blue Marvel in a fight against the Squadron Supreme.
During Civil War II, Ulysses’ visions guided Blue Marvel into a fight with the Squadron Supreme. Marvel Comics.

During Civil War II, Ulysses’ visions guided Blue Marvel into a fight with the Squadron Supreme. To begin, Nighthawk decided the Squadron Supreme’s next mission. Simply put, they must stop an organization called Think Tank from irresponsibly harnessing black holes.

Together, Hyperion, Thundra, Doctor Spectrum, Blur and Nighthawk embark on their mission. On the way, they are intercepted by Blue Marvel. During the battle, Blur narrates that Blue Marvel is as powerful as Hyperion. Using Ulysses’ visions, Blue Marvel incapacitates the Squadron Supreme. Until, he is in a stalemate with Hyperion. In the end, the Squadron Supreme retreats.

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HE ONCE PUNCHED THE SENTRY INTO ORBIT

In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, an all-out Blue Marvel punches Sentry into orbit.
In Adam: Legend of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, an all-out Blue Marvel punches Sentry into orbit. Marvel Comics.

In Adam: Legend of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel engages in an all-out fight with Sentry and the Mighty Avengers. To stop Anti-Man from destroying the Earth, Blue Marvel plans to detonate the villain. In fact, he intends to contain the explosion and dissipate it into space. However, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic disagree. Violently, Blue Marvel storms out of Avengers Tower with the Mighty Avengers in pursuit.

After a brief scuffle with Iron Man, Ms. Marvel and Ares, Blue Marvel fights Sentry. Brutally, Sentry bludgeons Blue Marvel. When Robert realizes Blue Marvel has pushed him to the limits of his power, the #BlackSuperman punches him into orbit. Then, Sentry returns. Finally, aided by the Avengers, Robert gains the upper hand.

In the end, Blue Marvel collapses in the rubble.

ROOTING OUT RACISM, HE DEFEATED THE TEAM-WRECKER ANTI-MAN

In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man.
In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man. Marvel Comics.

Originally, Anti-Man sought to combat racism by destructive methods. Though, he ended up nearly killing his best friend, Adam, an African-American. At the end of Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man.

In the issue, Anti-Man is causing antimatter storms that are opening an aperture to the Negative Zone. Together with the Mighty Avengers, Blue Marvel succeeds in destabilizing Anti-Man’s molecular vibration frequency. Then, Blue Marvel causes the villain to explode in space. Fortunately, Blue Marvel successfully contains the explosion then dissipates the energy into space.

A propos, in an editorial, Michael Granger at You Don’t Read Comics shares his personal experience regarding Blue Marvel as #BlackSuperman and racism:

Some people love street-level heroes, Batman, Black Panther, Daredevil, and Spiderman, and so on. But my heart always had a place for the big heavy hitters, and finally, here was one that looked like me, who experienced racism, and whom I related to directly. As someone whose parents and uncles were raised in the Jim Crow south, who attended a predominantly white high school, and as a soldier, I couldn’t help but relate to the character.

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Super Power: Black Bolt’s Inhuman Voice, Particle And Electron Manipulation Powers Make Him As Powerful As A Herald Of Galactus

In 'Marvel Two-In-One Annual' (1979) #4, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation to stop a solar flare.
 
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BLACK BOLT HAS GALAXY POWER LEVEL

In 'Fantastic Four' (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic's Optimizer.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic’s Optimizer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Among Marvel superheroes, Black Bolt is a powerhouse. As Inhuman King, the silent monarch hosts a plethora of super powers: super strength, super speed, superhuman durability, a powerful sonic scream, matter and energy manipulation, particle and electron harnessing and manipulation.

On his brow, Black Bolt has a metallic fork-shaped antenna. In order to channel his particle and electron super powers, Black Bolt focuses them with his antenna. Let’s look at how Black Bolt’s chief super powers extend to the Galaxy Level.

SONIC SCREAM

In 'Fantastic Four' (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic's Optimizer.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Black Bolt overloads Doctor Doom with his voice using Mister Fantastic’s Optimizer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Doctor Doom has stolen Aron the rogue Watcher’s powers. Given that Uatu the Watcher’s power can shake a galaxy, Aron is comparably Galaxy Level. In order to stop Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four and the Inhumans have teamed up. Ingeniously, Mister Fantastic has invented the Optimizer.

In short, it is a machine that absorbs Doctor Doom’s cosmic energy from his storage battery and fires it back at him. In this instance, Black Bolt speaks his sonic scream into the Optimizer and fires it at Doctor Doom. As a result, Doctor Doom’s storage battery is overloaded till he reaches critical mass. In the end, Doom vanishes in an explosion.

Definitely, Black Bolt demonstrated a Galaxy Level of Energy Projection since he was able to overload Doctor Doom’s storage battery.

PARTICLE AND ELECTRON MANIPULATION

In 'Marvel Two-In-One Annual' (1979) #4, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation to stop a solar flare.
In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1979) #4, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation to stop a solar flare. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1979) #4, Black Bolt performs an incredible feat. During a battle against Graviton, Black Bolt has to stop a solar flare from striking the Earth. Incredibly, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation powers to stop the solar flare.

Considering a solar flare produces 1032 ergs per second or 1025 Watts of power, Black Bolt demonstrated a Stellar Level of Energy Projection.

SUPER STRENGTH

In 'War of Kings' (2009) #1, Black Bolt and Gladiator battle.
In ‘War of Kings’ (2009) #1, Black Bolt and Gladiator battle. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘War of Kings’ (2009) #1, Emperor Vulcan is at the head of the Shi’ar Empire. Meanwhile, Black Bolt rules the Kree. In a declaration of war, Vulcan attacks the Kree. During an all-out war, Black Bolt attacks Gladiator and briefly overpowers him. In the meantime, White Noise has to put an end to the fight.

Considering Gladiator has Stellar Level Super Strength, Black Bolt demonstrated a Stellar Level of Super Strength.

VS GALACTUS

In 'Doctor Strange' (2018) #16, Black Bolt amped by magic staggers Galactus with a powerful scream.
In Doctor Strange (2018) #16, Black Bolt amped by magic staggers Galactus with a scream. Marvel Comics.

Really, a feat that has been talked about on the Internet. In Doctor Strange (2018) #16, Galactus returns to the Marvel Universe. Previously, Galactus sated his hunger in another dimension. Now, he has returned to conquer the Marvel Universe.

In order to stop the Devourer of Worlds, Doctor Strange assembles a coalition of mages and cosmic heroes. Together, they battle the Star God. Though, their efforts are futile. Indeed, Galactus will not be conquered.

Alone, Black Bolt steps forward. Moreover, amped by magic, he delivers a powerful sonic scream. Incredibly, the sonic scream staggers Galactus. At a time when Galactus did not have his jobber aura, he was still a cosmic force.

In The Last Galactus Story: Chapter Seven (1985), a sated Galactus once survived the gravitational force at the core of the Milky Way galaxy. Definitely, considering the incredible durability, Black Bolt performed a Galaxy-Level of Energy Projection.

Definitely, Black Bolt is as powerful as a herald of Galactus. Let’s list the Top 4 heralds in terms of energy manipulation.

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1. SILVER SURFER, ‘INCREDIBLE HULK’ (1980) #250

In 'Incredible Hulk' (1980) #250, the Silver Surfer absorbs the Hulk's gamma radiation who reverts to Bruce Banner.
In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1980) #250, the Silver Surfer absorbs the Hulk’s gamma radiation who reverts to human form. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1980) #250, Silver Surfer is stranded on Earth and seeks the help of Bruce Banner. In order to break through Galactus’s space barrier, Bruce Banner constructs machinery to bombard the Silver Surfer with gamma rays. Soon, the gamma-powered Silver Surfer goes into space to break the barrier.

After a gamma ray explosion, Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk. Returning from space for more power, Surfer ends up fighting the Green Behemoth. On Silver Surfer’s surfboard, they end in space. There, Surfer has the idea of absorbing Hulk‘s gamma ray radiation. Afterwards, Hulk reverts to Bruce Banner.

Eventually, Surfer breaks the space barrier. However, the Sentinel of the Spaceways has to return to Earth to save Bruce in free fall, who fell off Surfer’s surfboard. Finally, Surfer has to return Bruce’s gamma power to save him, transforminging him into the Hulk. In the end, the Silver Surfer is again trapped on Earth.

2. STARDUST, ‘STORMBREAKER: THE SAGA OF BETA-RAY BILL’ (2005) #4

In 'Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill' (2005) #4, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole.
In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill’ (2005) #4, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In “The 10 Most Powerful Heralds of Galactus, Ranked”, Chris White at CBR.com ranks Stardust number three. Namely, Stardust was the last surviving member of his race known as the Etherals. In fact, these were beings of pure energy. Named Lambda-Zero, she became Stardust, a ruthless and murderous herald of Galactus.

In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill’ (2005) #4, Stardust and Beta-Ray Bill engage in a cosmic clash over Galactus’ attempt to feed on New Korbin. In order to assist in her struggle, Stardust summons Asteroth. When the demon causes untold damage, both fighters agree to battle field remove it.

Uncannily, one of Stardust’s super powers with the Power Cosmic is to open portals to black holes. In order to BFR Asteroth, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole. Though, the ploy fails and both Stardust and Beta-Ray Bill begin to be sucked in.

In the end, they are saved by Alpha Ray who drives the evil spirit into the black hole.

3. NOVA, ‘SILVER SURFER’ (1987) #9

In 'Silver Surfer' (1987) #9, Nova destroys a sun to create a black hole.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #9, Nova destroys a sun to create a black hole. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #9, Nova and Silver Surfer have to save Galactus from the Elders of the Universe. In a grand scheme, they have built a device powered by the Soul Gems to destroy Galactus. Mischievously, they have kidnapped Shalla Bal and Mantis in order to lure the Silver Surfer. In exchange for the women’s freedoms, Surfer hands over the Soul Gem.

However, the Grandmaster sends the women in a ball of energy that will explode if touched. Unfortunately, Norrin manages to save only Shalla Bal. Angrily, the Surfer vows to make them pay and departs to save Galactus. Meanwhile, the Elders of the Universe have activated their machine which is slowly killing the Devourer of Worlds.

Under Surfer’s direction, Nova triggers a star to collapse into a black hole. Miraculously, Galactus can recover by feeding on the energies. Meanwhile, some of the Elders and the Soul Gems are sucked into the black hole.

Definitely, a feat requiring a high end energy manipulation. On a scale, it requires the power output of a galaxy within seconds. Without a doubt, a Galaxy Level of Energy Projection.

4. FIRELORD, ‘AVENGERS’ (1989) #302

In 'Avengers' (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman's construct in re-entry.
In ‘Avengers’ (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman’s construct in re-entry. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Avengers’ (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman’s construct in re-entry. Considering Firelord withstood heat from re-entry, this is both an energy projection feat and a durability feat.


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Silver Surfer Vol 3 9 in Marvel Database.
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Battles Of The Week: The Fantastic Four vs Galactus

In Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic threatens Galactus with the Ultimate Nullifier.
 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Fantastic Four' (1966) #50, Silver Surfer opposes Galactus as he prepares to activate his elemental converter.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50, Silver Surfer opposes Galactus as he prepares to activate his elemental converter. Photo/Marvel Comics

The contestants enter the arena of New York City. On the left side are the Fantastic Four and on the right side is Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.

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THE FIGHT

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50, the Fantastic Four aided by the Silver Surfer and Uatu the Watcher battle Galactus as he prepares to feed on the living energies of Earth with his matter-energy converter.

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WINNER: THE FANTASTIC FOUR WIN

GALACTUS IN COMICS

‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus. ‘Galactus Trilogy’ covers Fantastic Four #48-#50.

'Galactus Trilogy' (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus.
‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

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LINKS

‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50 in Marvel Database.
‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) in Marvel Database.

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