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Ikaris

Real Name: Unknown

First Appearance: Eternals #1 (July, 1976)

Powers: Superhuman Strength, Speed, Stamina, Agility, Durability and Reflexes. Cosmic Energy Manipulation, Limited Psionic Power, Teleportation

Affiliation: Eternals

Did You Know? He was the creation of the late Jack Kirby.

A Little History

He first appeared in Eternals #1 back in 1976 and was created by Jack Kirby.

Born over 20,000 years ago, he was the offspring of Eternals Virako and Tulayn. At the tender age of about 300 Tulayn died and Ikaris was left with only his father. Originally, he did not go by the name he is now known for. In fact, to this day it has never been revealed exactly what his true name is. 

As a member of the Eternals, he is an offshoot of the Celestials, one of the most powerful race of beings in Marvel. Over time, he became a thorn in the side of the Deviants, a grotesque race of beings created by the Celestials. He received the name Ikaris after his son of the same name died. 

After the events of the Great Cataclysm, he guided a boat full of refugees away from danger and to safety. Because he could fly, Ikaris watched high above the boat. The humans on the boat, saw him flying above them and mistook the Eternal for a bird. As such, each time the story was told, it entrenched itself further into human history. 

In and around the time Ikaris helped the humans to safety, a Celestial committed a crime on Earth. As punishment, the Celestial had the energy it contained released from its armor and was placed in a deep slumber. It was then buried by its fellow Celestials and became known as the Dreaming Celestial. The weapon used to disperse the sleeping Celestial was entombed in the Pyramid of the Four Winds. The Pyramid was built by Ikaris’s father, Virako. This means that very few beings, one of which is Ikaris, know of its existence. 

While on Earth, he fell in love with a human and the two of them created a son whom they named Ikaris. The young Ikaris, not completely an Eternal, wanted to fly with his father. Due to this, Makkari, a close friend of his fathers, created him a flight suit. Shortly after it’s construction, the Ikaris was called to battle the Deviants. Wanting to help his father, he used his flight suit and went looking for him. Sadly, as he soared higher, the oxygen levels dropped. Worse yet, the Sun’s rays burnt the harness that he was wearing rendering it inoperable. As a consequence, the young Ikaris fell from the sky and landed in the ocean below. 

With his son dead, he took his name name and vowed to never let himself forget that he had a son. 

Title Image © Marvel

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