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Ego the Living Planet

Ego the Living Planet
Art by John Byrne from Fantastic Four #234 (September 1981)

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCameo appearance: The Mighty Thor #132 (September 1966)
Full appearance: The Mighty Thor #133 (October 1966)
Created byStan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
SpeciesSentient planet
Place of originBlack Galaxy
Team affiliationsNova Corps
Elders of the Universe
AbilitiesExceptional intellect
Matter manipulation
Vast psionic powers

Ego the Living Planet is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Thor #132 (September 1966) and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.[1]

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The character has made limited appearances in animation and đoạn Clip games, while Kurt Russell portrayed the character in the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), in which Ego claims lớn be a Celestial and father of Peter Quill and Mantis. Russell also voiced alternate timeline versions of Ego in the Disney+ animated series What If...? (2021).

Publication history[edit]

Ego the Living Planet was initially introduced in The Mighty Thor #132 (September 1966), and was created by Jack Kirby.[2]

Kirby created Ego as a way of exploring his fascination with the expanse of the universe. Ego, the alien Kree, and The Colonizers immediately followed the creation of Galactus, thus establishing Marvel Comics' own "space age mythology".[3] As Kirby recalled in 1969, shortly after the character's debut, Ego's genesis came when:

I began lớn experiment ...and that's how Ego came about. ... A planet that was alive; a planet that was intelligent. That was nothing new either because there had been other stories [about] live planets but that's not acceptable. ... [Y]ou would say, 'Yeah, that's wild,' but how bởi you relate lớn it? Why is it alive? So I felt somewhere out in the universe, the universe ... becomes denser and turns liquid—and that in this liquid, there was a giant multiple virus, and if [it] remained isolated for millions and millions of years, it would ... begin lớn evolve by itself and it would begin lớn think. By the time we reached it, it might be quite superior lớn us—and that was Ego.[4]

The reader's first glimpse of Ego on the last page of Thor #132 is a full-page splash panel photo collage with Ego's human features superimposed on a bulbous, chaotic planetoid. Kirby had been using photo collages for several years; this image has been called "his most effective and freakish lớn date."[5]

Ego returned as a protagonist in Thor #160–161 (Jan.–Feb. 1969) and made a guest appearance in #201. His origin is explored in Thor #228.

Following appearances in Fantastic Four #234–235 (Sept.–Oct. 1981) and Rom #69 (Aug. 1985), Ego had a recurring role in Silver Surfer vol. 3 #4–22 (1987–1989). The character returned in the 1991 Thor annual and issues #448–450 (June–Aug 1992).

Ego played a prominent role in the company-wide crossover storyline "Maximum Security", appearing in Avengers #35 (Dec. 2000); Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet (Oct. 2000); Iron Man #34–35 (Nov.–Dec. 2000); X-Men Unlimited #29 (Dec. 2000); Gambit #23 (Dec. 2000), and Maximum Security #1–3 (Dec. 2000 – Jan. 2001).

The character returned in Nova vol. 4 #20–30 and Astonishing Thor #1–5 (Nov 2010 – July 2011).

Ego the Living Planet also appeared in the Oni Press Màu sắc Special.

Fictional character biography[edit]


Ego once told Thor that his existence was the result of a scientist merging with a planet when that planet's sun went nova.[6]

Inside the Black Galaxy, Ego's ambitions turn towards conquest. He starts absorbing space vessels and planets lớn survive, and plans lớn create armies of Anti-bodies lớn conquer other worlds. This behavior attracted the attention of the Rigellian Colonizers, who feared that the nearby Ego would consume their homeworld. They asked the help of the Thunder God, Thor, lớn defeat Ego. Accompanied by a Rigellian Recorder, Thor encountered Ego, fought his Anti-bodies, and stunned him with a powerful storm. Feeling humiliated by his defeat, Ego vowed never lớn leave the Black Galaxy.[7] Several months later, a weakened Galactus invaded Ego's space and sought lớn replenish his energy by consuming Ego. Thor aided Ego in battling Galactus and drove Galactus off. In gratitude, Ego allowed its surface lớn become the new home page of the Wanderers; a group of various alien races whose planets had been the very first lớn be devoured by Galactus billions of years ago.[8]


The Rigellian Tana Nile took a sample of Ego's sườn, in the hope that this could be used lớn fertilize sterile worlds being considered for habitation.[9] However, this act drives Ego insane, and it soon gives in lớn its primordial urges and absorbs the Wanderers, which causes Thor lớn side with a returning Galactus. Assisted by ally, Hercules and Galactus's herald, Firelord, Thor holds Ego off until Galactus attaches a massive starship engine lớn Ego's south pole, which drives the planet constantly through space and thereby prevents it from being a threat lớn other planets and populated sections of the universe.[10]


Years later, Ego gains control of the engine and tracks Galactus lớn Earth, seeking vengeance. Unable lớn locate him, Ego attacks Earth. He causes massive destruction, which is later undone by a reality-altering mutant. The Fantastic Four attempted lớn defeat Ego by removing the power cell from one of the attached propulsion engines, which the Thing attempts lớn throw into Ego's "brain". In response, an angered Ego attempts lớn counter with his remaining engines but, with one engine now deactivated, the other propels the now-out-of-control planet into the Sun, its gravitational pull breaking apart Ego's substance.[11]

Ego, however, slowly reforms from a few surviving particles and repairs the propulsion unit. Ego then digests a number of Dire Wraiths lớn replenish its energy reserves, and battles the Space Knight Rom.[12]

Ego later joins the Elders of the Universe in a plan lớn destroy Galactus. Ego is sidelined before the confrontation when he is defeated by the Silver Surfer.[13] Ego subsequently captures the Silver Surfer and attempts lớn consume his energies.[14]


Ego attacks a Korbinite fleet and fights the hero Beta Ray Bill. Ego reveals lớn Bill that Galactus's propulsion unit is driving Ego mad, and the fleet subsequently destroys the propulsion unit.[15] A sentient bio-verse, initially described as "Super-Ego", then begins lớn consume Ego, but Ego eventually escapes.[16]


Driven mad by the Supreme Intelligence, Ego lashes out at other planets, destroying them while trying lớn 'awaken' others lượt thích itself, until it is defeated in a battle with Professor X, the Silver Surfer and Cadre K.[17] Ego is subsequently captured and sent lớn Earth as an "infant" in spore sườn.[18] As Ego grows, it begins lớn consume the Earth, with the Supreme Intelligence intending lớn allow it lớn grow ví that the Kree can take control of Ego and use it as a weapon against the rest of the universe. Quasar absorbs it lớn prevent this.[19]

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When Quasar dies during the Annihilation war,[20] Ego was released back into the Universe, only lớn be approached by the Worldmind lớn join the new Nova Corps.[21] Ego supplants Worldmind and brainwashes the Corps. Nova manages lớn defeat Ego and miễn phí Worldmind by lobotomizing the Living Planet.[22] When Ego resurfaces his personality on his toàn thân, Nova stargates Mindless Ones into Ego's brain, causing pain lớn the Living Planet and forcing him lớn stargate away.[23]


Ego learns he was one of two sentient bodies created by the Stranger for a science experiment, and that his brother Alter-Ego has been held in captivity by the Collector since birth. While Ego seeks a similar entity lớn itself, the Stranger has arranged for Alter-Ego lớn hate Ego, intending lớn learn through their battle if freedom or captivity breeds a stronger will. Alter-Ego is wounded and loses mass when Ego is forced lớn attack it in self-defense, but Thor intervenes before Ego can strike a killing blow. The remaining fragments of Alter-Ego become a moon of Ego, and the two begin lớn travel together as a family.[24]

When Ego is infested by large insect-like creatures he hires Rocket Raccoon lớn eradicate them.[25]

Galactus, changed into the Life-Bringer by the Ultimates, encounters Ego after regaining his strength after a battle with the new universal construct Lagos. Ego attacks Galactus as he journeys lớn his inner brain at the center of the planet, however loses control of his constructs, which realize that Galactus is not a threat. Ego then reveals that before his creation by the Stranger, his consciousness was that of a man named Egros, similar lớn Galactus' former self Galan. After formally meeting one another and putting aside their past animosities, Galactus uses his Life-Bringer abilities lớn sườn a toàn thân for the rest of Ego, who now calls himself Ego-Prime. Ego-Prime then joins Eternity Watch, a group Galactus has put together lớn giảm giá with the First Firmament, the first iteration of all that is, who had chained Eternity.[26] Ego-Prime participated in the final battle against the First Firmament's forces. Following the First Firmament's defeat, Ego returned lớn his normal antics, detaching his new toàn thân and returning lớn his planetoid sườn.[27]


Ego later allowed a Skrullian cult named the Brethren of the Forgotten Flame lớn take shelter in its surface and displaced itself lớn a specific location in the Galactic Rim ví they could follow a prophetic ritual that required them lớn observe a constellation comprising the brightest stars in three separate Skrullian constellations. The sudden appearance of Ego in the Galactic Rim prompted an investigation by a survey team which was killed by the Skulls which in turns prompted the Guardians of the Galaxy lớn investigate and stumbled into the cult.[28]

The team quickly found out the cult was committing a mass sacrifice, which encased the Living Planet in a dark shell. Once Ego finally hatched from the shell it was possessed by the ruler of the Dark Dimension and the cult's object of worship, the dread Dormammu.[29]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The living planet named Ego has been called a "bioverse". Every part of its substance, including the atmosphere itself, is alive as much as it is controlled by the consciousness of Ego. It often transforms its surface lớn appear as a giant face lớn address powerful beings and can shape its terrain lớn suit the circumstances, displaying plant-like growth, manipulating weather, generating earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, and canyons. It can transform its surface into a dead world or a beautiful paradise lớn lure unwitting space travelers lớn its surface and has various internal features similar lớn a biological lifeform, lượt thích large tunnels that have been compared lớn arteries and its consciousness is inside a giant, brain-like organ deep below its surface. To defend itself, it extrudes tentacles that reach out into space and produce vast numbers of Antibodies: non-sentient humanoid warriors that it mentally commands. Ego can also create a protective shield of solid clouds lớn defend from space attacks, raise its internal temperature lớn burn life forms inside, has digestive organs lớn absorb living beings, and an immune system that lets him release the previously mentioned Antibodies lớn attack intruders.[30] It can also control its own radiation and magnetic fields lớn fool scanners or attract ships.

Ego can generate vast psionic energies that rival a hungered Galactus at their peak. It can project energy blasts lớn obliterate starships or planets,[31] read minds and scan their biological structure,[32] and communicate lớn sentient beings using telepathy. If its energy reserves are greatly reduced, Ego can restore them by devouring planets, tapping into stars, or digesting large numbers of living beings. Its psionic abilities are also how it controls its biosphere.

Additionally, Ego is exceptionally intelligent, although as its name suggests, it harbors an extreme superiority complex and can be emotional if thwarted. For a while, Ego was propelled through space via the engine Galactus implanted on its south pole, but eventually gained control of it through its vast mental powers, allowing it lớn travel through hyperspace at enormous speeds. However, the device was later removed[33] and mastered how lớn travel at warp speeds without it.

Other versions[edit]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

In the Amalgam Comics published jointly by Marvel Comics and DC Comics, Oa the Living Planet, an amalgamation version of Ego and DC's Planet Oa, was featured under the Amalgam Comics imprint in Iron Lantern #1, where he is the source of power for the Green Lantern Corps.[34] Another version of Ego in the Amalgam universe appeared in Thorion of the New Asgods as Ego-Mass, an amalgamation of Ego and the Source Wall.


Ego appears in Exiles #53 (December 2004). Set in the universe of Earth-4162, Ego implants the Seeds of Awareness in the Earth in an attempt lớn create another living planet. The Fantastic Four of this universe, along with the Exiles, are able lớn convince the now sentient Earth lớn oppose Ego. Blink kills Ego by teleporting a mining drill into the Living Planet's brain.[35]

Marvel Adventures[edit]

Ego appears in Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #12 (June 2007), a series created for younger readers. In this story, Ego causes natural disasters on Earth when he arrives lớn woo Giant Girl.

Marvel Zombies 2[edit]

In Marvel Zombies 2, Ego is one of the last few survivors of a reality-spanning zombie rampage. However, he is found and eaten.[36]

King Thor[edit]

When Galactus the World Butcher was bonded lớn All-Black the Necrosword, Ego arrived and suddenly the Necrosword left Galactus and bonded lớn Ego, becoming Ego the Necroplanet and with its power he ate Galactus whole. And while eating Cosmic Sharks, he was approached by an Asgardian worm who challenged Ego lớn fight, but Ego quickly laughed out loud of the fact that a worm thought that it could defeat him, but then Ego got completely destroyed by the worm after the worm (King Loki in disguise) whispered word of madness for the ensuing millennia.[37]

In other media[edit]


  • Ego the Living Planet appears in the Fantastic Four episode "To Battle the Living Planet", voiced by Kay E. Kuter.[citation needed]
  • Ego the Living Planet appears in Silver Surfer, voiced by Roy Lewis.[citation needed]
  • Ego the Living Planet makes a cameo in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "World War Witch!".[citation needed]
  • Ego the Living Planet appears in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.[38] This version is controlled by Little Ego, a smaller version of its outer self that requires connection lớn it lớn survive. If anyone else takes control of the host planet, it will assume the controller's head's appearance.

Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]

Kurt Russell as Ego in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Ego appears in truyền thông media phối in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Kurt Russell.[39] This version is Peter Quill's and Mantis's biological father and claims lớn be a Celestial. Additionally, he came into existence millions of years ago and learned lớn use his cosmic powers lớn manipulate matter and sườn an entire planet around himself as well as utilize many resources and a humanoid avatar lớn interact with other sentient beings. However, he became bored of immortality and disappointed with a universe full of inferior life and sets out lớn remake the universe in his image via seedlings planted on various worlds.

  • In the live-action film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ego finds his son, explains his plan, and reveals he requires the power of another Celestial lớn activate the seedlings. To achieve this, Ego mated with various species until a suitable offspring was conceived lớn help put his plan into action. Quill was the only offspring lớn share enough of Ego's power lớn facilitate. However, Quill rebels against Ego after learning that Ego had killed his mother. In the over, Quill and the Guardians of the Galaxy destroy Ego and foil his plan.
  • Alternate timeline versions of Ego appear in the Disney+ animated series What If...?.
    • In the episode, "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?",[citation needed] a variant of Ego visits Peter Quill and introduces himself. Subsequently in the episode, "What If... the Watcher Broke His Oath?",[citation needed] Ego begins lớn drain Quill's cosmic powers and terraform the universe, but is foiled by Star-Lord T'Challa.
    • In the episode, "What If... Ultron Won?",[citation needed] another variant of Ego is killed by Ultron during his chiến dịch of destruction throughout the universe.

Video games[edit]

  • Ego the Living Planet appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.[40]
  • Ego the Living Planet appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2,[41] with the MCU version being a playable character via the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DLC.[citation needed] While the heroes are planning lớn bring Knowhere lớn Chronopolis, Kang the Conqueror interferes by creating a portal for Ego lớn come through. However, Ego seeks lớn make Kang and the heroes pay for their insolence and incompetence respectively. Eventually, the portal that brought Ego lớn Chronopolis is closed, stopping the living planet.


American stoner metal band Monster Magnet recorded a tuy vậy dedicated lớn the character called "Ego, the Living Planet" on the album Dopes lớn Infinity.[citation needed]


In his 1972 book Outlaws of America, author Roger Lewis argues that Ego the Living Planet reflected risks lớn civilization, humans and planet Earth that people were contemplating in the 1960s, when he was initially conceived.[42]

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The 2007 storyline "Ego the Loving Planet", which ran in Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #12, featuring Ego in a main capacity, and was praised by Ray Tate of ComicsBulletin for its simultaneous inventiveness and logical sense.[43]

In August 2009, Time listed Ego as one of the "Top 10 Oddest Marvel Characters".[44]

In the năm ngoái book Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Pierre Comtois stated that, "With the creation of Ego [Lee and Kirby], unbelievably, managed lớn equal if not top their introduction of Galactus only a few months before. Not just a living planet, but a living "bio-verse", Ego presents the reader with a menace ví gigantic, ví incalculable that it dwarfed even a character with the power of a god."[45]

See also[edit]

  • Mogo
  • Boltzmann brain
  • Gaia (Foundation universe)


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