During the events of Eternals fans were introduced to the Celestials. A group of massive ultra-powerful cosmic beings who created both the Eternals and the Deviants. Although similar in size, Galactus in Marvel comics is not a Celestial. That doesn’t mean Marvel Studios won’t change his complicated origin though.
Galactus Origin in Marvel Comics
In Marvel Comics Galactus was not always The Devourer of Worlds. He was originally a regular sized person named Galan. Galan was an ancient explorer who lived on the planet Taa, a super advanced Utopian-like planet. This world existed in a previous Universe that was destroyed during a cataclysmic event.
Galan knew his planet was about to be destroyed and tried to sacrifice himself by flying directly into the Event Horizon in an attempt to stop it. However, once inside he discovered a cosmic entity called ‘The Sentience of the Universe‘ who merged with him. This allowed Galan to be the sole survivor of the destruction of that Universe.
After the Big Bang, Galan then floated unconsciously for billions of years through the new Universe until he was stumbled upon by a Watcher. The Watcher accidentally woke Galan who had become pure energy at this point. Once awoken Galan formed a body suit to contain his energy which is when he became Galactus.
To sustain this enormous amount of energy, Galactus consumed planets and used them as his power source. Hence the characters nickname – The Devourer of Worlds.
Why Galactus might be a Celestial in the MCU
Eternals has already laid the Celestial groundwork in the MCU. The Celestials work by sending a group of powerful beings to a planet (The Eternals) so that they can help the population grow. This helps to feed the planet which is then able to give birth to a new Celestial and destroying that planet in the process. The planet is basically used as an egg for that Celestial.
How is this related to Galactus? This is very similar to what Galactus does when he sends the Silver Surfer to a planet to prepare it for him to consume. It would makes sense for Marvel Studios to rework his origin so that he is a Celestial born out of a planet that he consumed. So instead of being born out of a Universal egg, it would be more of a planetary egg.
The MCU already has precedence for altering Celestial origin stories. In Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Ego the Living Planet is a Celestial but in Marvel comics he is not. Could Marvel do something similar with Galactus?
In Marvel comics Galactus has multiple run-ins with Celestials so it wouldn’t be differing too much from his story. He also has very close ties to The Fantastic Four who are confirmed to be joining the MCU soon. Perhaps we might be seeing Galactus join the MCU sooner than we think.
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