The Andromeda Galaxy is home to a great number of alien species, foremost among them the Skrulls who are usually the dominant force of their galaxy. It is a galaxy with millions of inhabited worlds. The Skrulls have dominated the galaxy for tens of millions of years, though their dominance has fluctuated as their empire has gone through cycles of expansion, decline, and resurgence, making it the home of the oldest continuous interstellar and intergalactic empire in the cosmos.
At least once in the history of the galaxy it has been ruled by non-Skrulls, the Morani led by the warlord Wrogg. The first Cosmic Cube in the prime reality was created in that galaxy by the Skrulls, which ended disastrously when it became sentient destroying half of their empire thousands of years ago. Recently millions of populated worlds were slaughtered by the Annihilation Wave.
The galaxy was one of those attacked by the Builders during the Builders' War. Forcing the Skrull warlords to finally unite, with Kl'rt as their leader they joined the Galactic Council. Eventually the galaxy was liberated from the Builders who were defeated by the combined forces of the Galactic Council and the Avengers. In the aftermath the Skrull empire was reestablished under Emperor Kl'rt.
The dark god Knull created an army of living darkness billions of years ago in the Andromeda galaxy. It established a dark empire, conquering worlds and consuming their civilizations. In the 6th century, after being defeated by Thor he lost control of his army, and was eventually imprisoned by symbiotes which had rebelled. Those symbiotes went on to establish an intergalactic peacekeeping force, the Agents of the Cosmos. Symbiotes who were corrupted were exiled and would end up establishing their own loosely-organized interstellar empire, the Symbiote Imperium.
A million years ago the Xandarian civilization built a sentient super computer, the Worldmind which has been collecting the brains of Xandarians ever since. It also served as the custodian of the Nova Force, a nearly limitless energy force that was harnessed by the Xandarians. After the destruction of Xandar in the late 20th century, it's militia the Nova Corps transformed into a galactic wide peacekeeping force.
The Nova Corps were nearly annihilated in the first two hours of the Annihilation war, with only Richard Rider surviving.. They were later reestablished by the Worldmind, and participated in several conflicts. It temporarily disbanded upon the temporary loss of the Nova Force, but has recently been reestablished.
Points of Interest
- Tarnax IV
- Tarnax II
- Eternals of Eyung
- The following planets were initially ubicated in the Milky Way in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 1 (1983-1984). Vol 2 (1985-1988) corrected this by saying they are all in the Andromeda Galaxy, which has been the canonical statement ever since:
- Ciegrim-7, Omacron System, in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 1 #2; corrected in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 2 #15.
- Kakaranthara (Maklu-IV), Maklu System, in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 1 #6; also corrected in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 2 #15. This is particularly scandalous because Vol 1 #6 also claims that Maklu-IV is a part of the Skrull Empire, which is in the Andromeda Galaxy, not in the Milky Way.
- Mobius, Lemivell System, in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 1 #7; also corrected in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 2 #15.
- Hala (Planet) (Star system Pama) was stated to be in Andromeda Galaxy in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 1 #5. This was corrected, placing Hala in the Greater Magellanic Cloud (known as the Kree Galaxy), in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 2 #7.
The Andromeda Galaxy has a diameter of 220,000 light years which would make it the largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies (the Milky Way Galaxy having a diameter of 150,000 to 200,000 light years). It has an estimated trillion stars within the galaxy, which is approximately twice as many stars as in the Milky Way Galaxy. Which would likewise make the Andromeda galaxy in the Marvel reality, the largest and most populous galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies (which include the Milky Way Galaxy and the Kree Galaxy).
- 96 Appearances of Andromeda Galaxy
- 18 Minor Appearances of Andromeda Galaxy
- 20 Media Andromeda Galaxy was Mentioned in
- 3 Images featuring Andromeda Galaxy
- Location Gallery: Andromeda Galaxy
- 67 locations in Andromeda Galaxy
Links and References
- Fantastic Four Annual #19
- Avengers #133
- Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files #1
- Tales of Suspense #58
- Captain America Annual #7
- Annihilation: Prologue #1
- Annihilation: Nova #4
- Avengers Vol 5 #18
- Infinity #5
- Infinity #6
- Venom Vol 4 #4
- Venom #158
- Venom: Space Knight #10
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 #23
- Venom: Space Knight #8
- Fantastic Four #205-206
- Nova Vol 6 #10-11
- Nova Vol 4 #19-23
- Nova Vol 4 #24-28
- Thanos Imperative #6
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 #20
- Point One #1
- Free Comic Book Day Vol 2017 #All-New Guardians of the Galaxy
- Deadpool Vol 4 #30
- Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Prodigy #1
- Fantastic Four #204
- Fantastic Four #115