This page presents the interleaved events of the Great Flood, Atlantis and Lemuria's destruction, and the Second Host of the Celestials on Earth.

Event Synopsis


The "Great Cataclysm" (sometimes just the "Cataclysm",[3][4] Great Fall,[5] Great Flood,[8] the Flood[12] or Great Deluge)[10] caused Atlantis to be submerged into the sea 20,000 years ago[18] (circa 18,000 BC)[19][20][21][22][23][24] (other dates are sometimes provided, see notes).


Many events have been listed as reasons for that Cataclysm:

  • This event is tied with the Second Host of the Celestials,[10], who observed how the Eternals had ignored baseline humanity while the Deviants enslaved it.[25]
  • Another tale, from Poseidon himself, stated that the Atlanteans' council of sorcerers tried to harness a fraction of the power of the Axis Mundi using the Omphalos but were unable to control the energies, causing the Cataclysm.[26]...
  • Many tales attribute the Cataclysm to godly powers:
    • During the Hyborian Age, it was recounted that the Sea-Gods of Lemuria waxed angry and pulled the island of Lemuria down into the ocean.[2]
    • Annunaki god Dagon planned to annihilate humanity with a great flood, but Ea persuaded him to only punish them.[27]
    • According to the Bible (Genesis 6-9)[28] and from a tale from Caretaker Sara,[12] when God looked down at the Earth and saw the wickedness of man, he caused the Flood.[28][12]
    • Other tales of godly-originated floods exist, but can't be confirmed as being the Great Cataclysm due to inconsistencies towards it. Please consult the notes for more information.
  • Llan also played an undescribed role in the Cataclysm, perhaps in conjunction with the Dweller in Darkness, the Darkholders, the Deviants, or others of the major threats of that era.[23]
  • The cybernetic alien entity known as the Suit stated that the Great Flood never occurred and that stories of it are nothing more than greatly over-exaggerated and mythologized accounts based on his species' first attempt to wipe out humanity, which had been postponed due to inclement weather and then aborted when they discovered they had been tricked.[29][30]

The Flood

The Celestials destroyed most of the Deviants, and their stronghold of Lemuria, causing it to sink below the ocean,[31] which also caused the sinking of Atlantis and Lemuria.[32]

The Ark

The event kickstarted the myth of Noah's Ark because of the surviving group of Eternals and humans led by Utnapishtim on his Ark to escape the flood.[32][verification needed]


Once the flood went away, Yahweh allegedly put a rainbow in the sky as a promise to the survivors (that survived in an ark) that he would never again smite every living thing on Earth.[28][12]

Alternate realities


The cataclysm that destroyed Atlantis was caused by the Tan-Ed-Drul.[33]


  • Some sources states the Great Cataclysm occured circa 10,000 BC,[34] or circa 18,500 BC.[35]
    • The story "The Kingdom Beneath the Sea" (Namora #1) depicts the sinking of the island of Mu as occuring ten thousand years ago[36] (except if said cataclysm refers to the post-Hyborian cataclysm or another cataclysm around that time).
  • In Aztec religion, the world under the Fourth Sun was destroyed by the feud between Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca which caused a cataclysmic flood. That flood happened before the creation of the mortals.[37]


  • No trivia.

See Also

Links and References


  1. Conan the Barbarian #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Conan the Barbarian #19
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ka-Zar Vol 2 #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Marvel Spotlight #16-17
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fantastic Four #576
  6. Savage Sword of Conan #35
  7. Savage Sword of Conan #176
  8. 8.0 8.1 Eternals #10
  9. Ghost Rider Vol 6 #30
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23
  11. Saga of the Sub-Mariner #1
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #33
  13. Howard the Duck Vol 3 #6
  14. Conan the Barbarian #35
  15. Savage Tales #4; Night of the Dark God
  16. Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man #1
  17. Savage Sword of Conan #186; Horror Out Of Time
  18. X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook #1; Grotesk's entry
  19. Marvel Atlas #1; Lemuria (Deviant)'s entry
  20. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1; Atlas' entry
  21. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #4; Dreaming Celestial's entry
  22. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2; Gorgons' entry
  23. 23.0 23.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Llan's entry
  24. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Atlantis' entry
  25. Eternals Vol 3 #1
  26. Incredible Hercules #123
  27. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Ea's paragraph
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Bible Tales for Young Folk #1
  29. Venom #16
  30. Venom #17
  31. Eternals #8
  32. 32.0 32.1 Eternals #2
  33. Ultimate Fantastic Four #56
  34. Marvel Atlas #2; Atlantis's entry
  35. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #1; Ikaris' entry
  36. Namora #1; The Kingdom Beneath the Sea
  37. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Teteoh's entry