Protectors of the Universe
The title given to those beings chosen by Eon and Epoch to protect the universe and the life within it from various threats that arose from time to time. Almost all of the Protectors chosen by Eon received the Quantum Bands, powerful energy-manipulating devices that helped with their tasks and were also symbols of their station. Captain Mar-Vell was meant to acquire the Quantum Bands but through happenstance over which Eon had no control they fell into the wrong hands. Possessing the Quantum Bands does not automatically make the wearer into the Protector.
Those known to have held the title include:
- Stygian Starbender
- Captain Marvel
- Past Protectors include a female Shi'ar, an Elan, and many others.
The only person to whom Epoch has offered the role of Protector of the Universe was Gravity but, after using up the extra power that he had received from her while protecting her from Galactus, he stated that he didn't want the job so she accepted his decision and told him to leave with her gratitude.
In the Earth-691 timeline, after Quasar died during the War of the Worlds, Eon asked the Silver Surfer to become the new Protector of the Universe but he declined and did not accept the offer until centuries later.
Following the Silver Surfer's disappearance in the early 26th century, Firelord assumed the mantle of Protector of the Universe and performed missions for Eon even though the Quantum Bands had disappeared with the Silver Surfer.
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