History

The Cotati evolved on the planet Hala, alongside the Kree. The Cotati were a pacifistic race whereas the Kree were warlike barbarians. Due to these cultural differences, the two races had little to no interaction with each other.[3]

Conflict with the Kree

About a million years ago, the Skrulls arrived on Hala. At that point, the Skrulls were a peaceful race and wished to share their knowledge and technology in exchange for loyalty. To avoid any dissension between the two races regarding which would represent Hala, the Skrulls proposed a test: They would take seventeen Cotati and seventeen Kree. The race that accomplished the most in that time would win.

17 Kree were dropped on the dark side of Earth's Moon for a year, while the Cotati were dropped on another planetoid. Over the course of the year, the Cotati grew a beautiful garden by using their mental powers to search out ancient seeds and water. Meanwhile, the Kree built an entire city on the Blue Area of the Moon. Angered by their city losing to a simple garden, the Kree led by Morag ambushed and killed the Cotati on Hala.[4]

Priests of Pama

As the Cotati died, they dropped seed pods into the ground. Over time and unbeknownst to the Kree, these seeds reached full maturity and uprooted themselves. To better conceal their existence, the Cotati hid in the basement of an abandoned Kree building. Over the centuries, the Cotati relinquished their mobility, believing it would lead to further conflicts with the Kree.

In the Kree year 476, the Cotati and a group of Kree pacifists entered into an agreement where the Cotati would teach the pacifists their knowledge of telepathy in exchange for protection. A century later, these pacifists became known as the Priests of Pama. The Kree Empire grew to despise the Priests and had them exiled. Through the machinations of the Cotati, the Priests were permitted to travel to inhabited planets in groups of two. The Priests secretly took the Cotati with them, planting them throughout the known universe, which included Earth,[5] and Zenn-La.[6]

The Celestial Madonna

A prophecy soon arose which stated that the perfect human, the Celestial Madonna, would mate with the perfect Cotati, the Eldest Cotati, to give birth to the perfect child, the Celestial Messiah. After Mantis and the Avengers buried the body of Swordsman inside the priest's temple the Cotati elder possessed Swordsman's body in order to mate with Mantis.[7]

The Celestial Messiah

After Mantis gave birth to the pod that would become the Celestial Messiah,[8] the Cotati decided they were more fit to raise the child and stripped Mantis off her powers and stole away the pod.[9] The Cotati went to a pyramid on Earth, having allied themselves with Kang the Conqueror. They ordered Mantis and her allies, the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, to cease her quest of retrieving her son. When they refused Kang and the Priests of Pama attacked the heroes, Mantis was able to overpower the Priests and confront the High Cotati thanks to her training. The Cotati fled to their chosen realm of pure thought pursued by Mantis who once again left her physical body behind.[10]

Mantis was seemingly able to retrieve her son as she spent roughly a year raising her son, Sequoia in Connecticut, before sending him to the Cotati's new homeworld Tamal.[11]

Silver Surfer

When Mantis was attacked by the Elders of the Universe, she sent a telepathic cry for help to the Cotati of Zen-La, who then contacted Shalla-Bal to help Mantis.[6]

When Reptyl planned to capture Silver Surfer to use him as a energy source, one of the Cotati aboard his ship told the other members about this. The Cotati discussed wherever help or not the Silver Surfer, but eventually decided to help him, and manipulated Clumsy Foulup who started the events which lead to the rescue of the Silver Surfer.[12]

When the Silver Surfer was involved in the second Kree-Skrull War, the Cotati, wanting to befriend the Silver Surfer, told to Shalla Bal about the Skrull Nenora who had disguised herself as a high Kree Imperial.[13] After Shalla Bal finally found out that Nenora was actually a Skrull,[14] Nenora drugged Shalla in order to keep her disguise a secret, but the Cotati were able to use their mental powers to free Shalla from the drugs' influence.[15]

When a imposter disguised as the Contemplator tried to seize the Kree Empire, Clumsy Foulup and some white-skinned Kree soldiers sought the help of the Cotati who agreed to help them. When the imposter tried to use his mental powers to take over the Supreme Intelligence, the Cotati used their own mental powers to drive the imposter mad and take control of the Supreme Intelligence to make Clumsy the new emperor of the Kree.[16]

Celestial Quest

Mantis and the Avengers went to Tamal in order to protect Quoi from Thanos, and were welcomed by many Cotati, including "Swordsman".[17] However, despite their protection Raptra managed to kidnap Quoi. This angered the Cotati collective who accused the Avengers for their failure and assaulted them. Luckily, the Avengers managed to escape.[18]

Annihilation: Conquest

An unnamed Cotati who dwelt with the Priests of Pama on a Kree planet began assisting Phyla-Vell after she acquired the Quantum Bands which had been corrupted by Annihilus. The Cotati was eventually slayed during the onslaught brought by the Phalanx and Super-Adaptoid.[19]

Starbrand & Nightmask

After the destruction of Hala, Kree-Pama seemingly became the homeworld for both Kree and Cotati. Trrunk was a Cotati living on Kree-Pama who received the powers of Justice after the White Event, but was killed alongside Nightmask by the Starbrand.[20]

Empyre

Under the leadership of Quoi, the Cotati abandoned their peaceful ways and decided to take revenge for the slaughter of their ancestors and take over the entire universe. They first started experimenting with their powers in the Skrull's Kral System, but escaped before the Skrulls destroyed the system.[21] As the Kree-Skrull Alliance began approaching Earth, Swordsman and Quoi sent a distress call to the Avengers. Upon their arrival on the Blue Area of the Moon, now a beautiful garden, they battled a Sentry made out of Kree technology and Skrull mutation. After the defeat of the robot Quoi asked the heroes to help them against the Alliance who saw the Cotati as their common enemy. The Avengers agreed,[22] but the truth will soon be revealed. The alliance had decided to strike the Cotati because they were threatening the whole universe. Iron Man disabled all of the Alliance ships, Quoi stated that the Cotati to conquer everyone in revenge for the slaughter they had suffered at the hands of the Kree, before he proceeded to start killing everyone in the ships after control over all flora was amplified due to the Death Blossom.[23]

The Cotati then began invading Earth by attacking various places of the planet, but after the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the Alliance captured Quoi and destroyed the Death Blossom at the Vibranium Mound, all of the Cotati surrendered,[24] were then sent to a secluded planet in another part of the universe where they would live in peace and not pose a threat to anyone.[2]

Alternate Reality Versions

Earth X (Earth-9997)

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The Cotati were present during the construction of the fortified citadel in the Blue Area of the Moon.[25]

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

A Knowhere dispatcher working for the Collector had ordered seven cases of Cotati seeds.[26] When checking Thor, Gamora stated his muscles felt like Cotati metal fibers.[27] It is currently unknown if the Cotati had any previous history with the Kree.

Earth-9511

Sequoia was a member of the New Avengers who were killed by a nuclear bomb.[28]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Chlorokinesis: Some Cotati called mages have power to control plant life. This can be amplified through means like the Death Blossom.[21]
  • Telepathy: They can gain telepathy by sacrificing the rite of locomotion for uninterrupted meditation.[16]
  • Possession: The Cotati are able to inhabit the corpses of various beings,[29] but with the side-effect of turning the corpse's skin green.[30] They can also infect people with their spores, which allows them to control the infected beings.[31]
  • Advanced Longevity: Being a plant-based alien race, the Cotati are able to live through many years, since the Elder Cotati was brought to Earth in ancient times.[5]

Abilities

Highly intelligent.

Weaknesses

Excelsior: Hulkling's legendary Star-Sword was able to destroy the Cotati's influence.[21]

Habitat

Habitat: Water covers 65% of the planet.
Gravity: 175% Earth standard.
Atmosphere: 150% Earth density, with 25% oxygen content.
Population: None on Hala, millions elsewhere.

Miscellaneous

Type of Government: Monarchy.
Level of Technology: Advanced plant-based machinery.
Cultural Traits: Warriors and conquerors, formerly had love of peace and beauty.
Representatives: Ru'tuh-Baga, Qqoi, Quoi, Shi Qaanth, Swordsman/Eldest Cotati, Trrunk, Veltri

Notes

  • At first it was established that the Cotati were unable to move following their massacre from the Kree, but somehow they later regained the ability to move like a man.[17][32]
  • At first it seemed that the Cotati were genderless,[7] but during their invasion of Earth one member was identified as a female.[33]

Trivia

  • Una was part of the Kree who worshipped the Cotati.[34]
  • Just like humans, the Cotati had a calcium-based nervous system which allowed them to feel pain.[35]

See Also

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