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Infinity (comics)

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Infinity
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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceQuasar #24 (July 1991)
Created byMark Gruenwald (writer)
Greg Capullo (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoInfinity
AbilitiesTotal control over magic, matter, energy, reality and space
Omnipresence
Omniscience

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Infinity is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Infinity first appears in Quasar #24 (July 1991). The character was created by Mark Gruenwald and Greg Capullo.

Publication history[edit]

Debuting in Quasar #24 (July 1991), Infinity featured in an extended storyline that revealed the role of the character in the Marvel Universe. Infinity reappears in Quasar #37 (Aug. 1992) and in the limited series Infinity War #1 - 6 (May - Nov. 1992).

During a storyline in Thor #183 - 188 (Dec. 1970 - May 1971), "Infinity" was the name given to an aspect of Norse god Odin's soul, which through the efforts of his son Thor was reunited with the character. It is not related to the Marvel cosmic entity.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Infinity is a cosmic entity representing the totality of space, and is expressly female in contrast with her "brother", Eternity, who represents time. Together they represent the space-time continuum and the living force of the universe.[1] They are opposed by their bilateral counterparts Death and Oblivion.[volume & issue needed]

The character first appears when the villain Maelstrom, acting on behalf of Oblivion attempts to end the universe. Infinity contacts the astral form of the hero Quasar, and empowers him to act as its avatar.[2] After a series of battles, Quasar defeats Maelstrom, thereby allowing Infinity to prevail. The aftermath of this conflict resulted in Infinity, Eternity, Death, and Oblivion convening to address the consequences of Oblivion's failed scheme, and it was at this time Quasar realized that these abstract entities represent the four points on the cosmological compass.[3] Quasar has another brief encounter with the entity when searching for Eternity.[4]

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Infinity appears (right of panel) merged with twin cosmic entity Eternity in a panel from Infinity War #6 (Nov. 1992). Art by Ron Lim.

The entity also appears during the Infinity War storyline,[5] and in a final battle appears with fellow Eternity as a composite being, incapacitating the villain the Magus.[6]

During the Time Runs Out storyline, the Beyonders are revealed to have killed Infinity as part of destroying abstract entities in each reality across the multiverse.[7]

Following the rebirth of the Marvel Universe, Infinity is revealed to be the embodiment of the seventh Marvel Universe incarnation (the Universe before Secret Wars) while Eternity apparently being the embodiment of the eighth.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

As a tremendously powerful abstract entity, Infinity has no physical body but exists everywhere simultaneously. Like Eternity, the character can manipulate the universe to achieve virtually any effect. When needing to address lesser beings, Infinity can create a humanoid form that can be perceived by others; one that typically defaults to a female form, whereas its counterpart (Eternity) usually defaults to male.

Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet ranked Infinity's scale of power as above that of Lord Chaos and Master Order, but below that of the Living Tribunal.[9]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Infinity appeared semi-regularly as an observer in the Silver Surfer TV series, voiced by Elizabeth Sheperd. The character is expressly female and is the sister of Eternity.

References[edit]

  1. Revealed in Quasar #19 - 25 (Feb. - Aug. 1991)
  2. Quasar #24 (Jul. 1991)
  3. Quasar #25 (Aug. 1991)
  4. Quasar #37 (Aug. 1992)
  5. Infinity War #1 - 6 (May - Nov. 1992)
  6. Infinity War #6 (Nov. 1992)
  7. New Avengers vol. 3 #30 (April 2015)
  8. Ultimates 2 #100
  9. Thanos Annual #1 (2014)

External links[edit]


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