The Power Cosmic is one of the most powerful energies in any iteration of the Marvel Universe. Here’s how the material may have already appeared in the MCU.
While each of the six Infinity Stones can harness a different aspect of the cosmos to shape it when brought together, the Power Cosmic is one the Marvel Universe’s most omnipotent raw materials, with even a fraction of it capable of altering space and time. Introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966’s Fantastic Four #48, the Power Cosmic is most commonly associated with Galactus and the Silver Surfer from the cosmic energies that Galactus absorbs as he consumes into worlds across the universe. And though Galactus and the Silver Surfer have yet to make their official debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Power Cosmic may have already quietly made its way into the MCU.
First named explicitly in 1986’s Silver Surfer #2 by Lee and John Buscema, the Power Cosmic can change matter on a subatomic level, allowing users to quickly alter their size, change base elemental properties, transmute and teleport matter and resurrect an entire worlds when its full might is directed accordingly. Similar to the Force in Star Wars, the Power Cosmic links users to the vastness of the universe, with this cosmic awareness extending to telepathy, telekinesis, precognition and time-travel. The Power Cosmic is one of the more undefined energies in the Marvel Universe and one with incredible potential that has proved pivotal in saving the day from total annihilation.
The Celestials similarly have an undefined scope of their own cosmic power but also possess a virtually limitless sense of omnipotence. Just as Galactus is a being from an earlier iteration of the Marvel Universe, surviving the Big Bang that destroyed the previous universe. the Celestials have been present since the dawn of time. 2014’s Thanos Annual #1 by Jim Starlin and Ron Lim estimated that Galactus and the Celestials were on the same approximate scale of power, with a similar mastery over matter and time from their cosmic energy source. The Celestials’ power source has not been explicitly named as being from the Power Cosmic but the similarities in their background and abilities with Galactus certainly lines this up.
If the Celestials do indeed draw their abilities from the Power Cosmic, this could place the energy’s MCU debut as early as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, as Ego the Living Planet claims to be a Celestial. Able to change his form from a humanoid man to an entire planet and spread his influence through seeds across the universe, this could be plausible, however, Eternals has raised doubts whether this claim is true. With inconsistencies between Celestial appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy and Eternals, Eternals screenwriter Kaz Firpo suggested that Ego may have been lying about his Celestial status to unknown ends. This could place the Power Cosmic’s MCU debut in Eternals instead, should the Celestials actually be drawing from this power source.
To date, the only confirmed live-action appearance of the Power Cosmic is in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, with Galactus and the Silver Surfer arriving on Earth. Doctor Doom briefly steals the Power Cosmic for himself, causing havoc and killing the Invisible Woman until the Silver Surfer regains the Power Cosmic and resurrects Sue Storm before destroying Galactus. Should this cinematic iteration of the Fantastic Four ever appear in the rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Multiverse, this would place the 2007 film as the MCU’s debut of the Power Cosmic otherwise the Power Cosmic’s debut could be years away until the MCU introduces its own version of the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer.
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