Hunger is a universal-scale parasite that lives outside of the universe as we know it, within the great Cosmic Vortex. It feeds on whole realities.

When the Infinity Gauntlet was first assembled, it brought our reality to the attention of Hunger, who sought to devour it, as has supposedly happened with many other realities in the past. However, the nature of our reality required someone within the universe to create a hole for Hunger to gain entrance.[1]

Hunger manipulated the technology and thoughts of Galactus to convince him that the Infinity Gems could permanently end his need for the energy of living planets. Upon gathering the Gems from inside and outside our universe, Galactus assembled the Gems in a crux that instead opened a gateway to the Vortex, allowing Hunger into our reality. The timely intervention of Thanos destroyed the gateway and scattered the Gems across the universe again, but left a very small portion of Hunger alive and inside our reality.[2]


Hunger has the ability to devour virtually any form of energy or matter, and supposedly the fabric of reality itself. Energy blasts are harmless to it once it understands their composition, and the creature can absorb such things at will.

Hunger has the ability to perceive any and all events within a reality, as long as his attention is turned to it. This includes recognizing and conversing directly with the comic book reader by breaking the fourth wall.[3]

Hunger also can subtly alter reality from an extra-dimensional distance, allowing the alteration of computer calculations and even the logical thought processes of sentient beings. When present in a reality, Hunger can directly take control of technology.

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