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Quote1 I have observed all these events, unseen, unsubstantial, pondering the best way, if any, to react. And the moment has, as always, presented the most perfect solution. What has been done cannot be undone. But it can be... contained. It is my duty as a Watcher to report what I observe. The dimensional portal has been open for a few minutes. The unsuspecting citizens of this world will have already heard this thing punching. Before the sound is drowned out... by a flash in the sky and a ripple through the clouds. This terror shall never end. Because it never truly began. And since this hunger shall never be satisfied... let it devour itself. Quote2
-- The Watcher src

History

Through the means of an eternal time-loop, the Watcher of Earth-Z sent a zombified Sentry from his reality to infect Earth-2149 with the plague known as the Hunger.[2]

Quote1 They said it all started with a flash in the sky and a ripple through the clouds. Nobody knows what caused this exactly, but some people think it might be a punch. Was he really that strong? Had the infection made him so determined to get here in search of a brand new food supply? At the time I said no... but having experienced this hunger firsthand I'm afraid that I now know better. The Avengers were the first on the scene. Can you picture them? Faces grave, concerned for all those human casualties. That idiot Colonel America reassuring everyone that everything would be fine now that the super heroes have arrived. What they didn't know is that the infection had targeted the super heroes of this dimension and a thousand realities before us. This was how it consumed, you see... by infecting super heroes just like him and sending them out to infect the others. Within twenty-four hours, we'd consumed the entire planet. One super hero from an infected universe... That was all it took to end an entire world. Quote2
--Zombie Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)[src]

When the zombie Sentry arrived, the Avengers were sent to investigate. They were quickly infected and spread the virus to the other heroes. In less than 24 hours, all of Earth was infected. Despite the efforts of Nick Fury and Ashley Williams, nothing stopped the zombies from eating and spreading the disease to the whole world. The main reason for why the infection spread so quickly could be considered the zombified Quicksilver, since he used his speed to travel around infecting other countries.[3][4]

Having nothing to eat, the zombified Fantastic Four had the idea of invading the Marvel Apes' reality; however, the other zombies invaded it first. The zombified Mr. Fantastic though he had no choice but revert the invasion, so, he and Spider-Monkey used a time-machine and a interdimensional travel machine to make their consciousness re-incarnate at their bodies of the past to revert the invasion, diverging Earth-8101 to Earth-95019 and Earth-2149 to Earth-21050.[5] So, because of this, the zombified Reed took his attention to his Ultimate counterpart.[6]

After Ultimate Reed's escape,[7] the Silver Surfer appeared and announced the coming of Galactus. The zombies, still feeling the hunger, attacked and killed the Surfer, but only Spider-Man, Colonel America, Wolverine, Giant-Man, Power Man, Iron Man, and the Hulk managed to eat him. They ate the other zombies using the Power Cosmic absorbed from Silver Surfer to toast them, hoping they would taste better, but it tasted bad anyway.

Galactus appeared to devour the world, but the zombies constructed a machine using Vibranium from Wakanda, to unite their power cosmic and take down Galactus, eating him after this, but not before they could face the zombified villains once more, killing them. They used the Power Cosmic of Galactus to travel to other worlds and eat other lifeforms.[8] A divergence occurred during this time, in which this reality's Wolverine was pulled away from it and meet alternate counterparts of him.[9]

Meanwhile, the other many left zombies on Earth were trying to invade Earth-616; however, they were stopped by the Machine Man and Morbius the Living Vampire.[10] Because of this, they tried to develop a vaccine to the virus. Headpool, who invaded Earth-616 along with zombie Morbius, would eventually meet his Earth-616 counterpart[11] and then be killed by the Evil Deadpool Corps.[12]

After forty years in space, the zombie Galacti returned to Earth to get Reed's interdimensional machine but found a group of survivors led by a zombified Black Panther. They would try to eat them and then get the machine but suddenly the hunger fade away and they helped the humans rebuild, though Malcolm Cortez decided to get rid of them by sending all of them to Earth-Z, revealing he had sabotaged the machine so no one could leave their dimension, since he liked his lifestyle, and with T'Challa out of the way, he could rule over New Wakanda.[13]

In there, they appeared in separate locations, their cosmic powers disappeared and the hunger returned. Many of them tried to avoid eating but Giant-Man and Wolverine succumbed to the hunger again. Wolverine would be stopped by his counterpart, along with zombie Spider-Man and Kitty Pryde, while Giant-Man focused on studying the Watcher's technology to get to other dimensions. Many of the zombies tried to stop him but failed. Only zombie Spider-Man along with the New Avengers did so, when all the remaining zombies were exposed to the Sandman infused with Tony Stark's nanobots that consume damaged flesh killing them all, except for the Sentry. The Watcher appeared from Giant-Man's body since he was eaten by him years ago. having observed these events, he came up to what he believed to be the most perfect solution: sending Sentry to Earth-2149 to create a eternal time-loop where all of those events would continue to happen over and over again.[14]

Physical Features

The zombie contagion passes via a bite from an infected being. The infected became an undead flesh eater but retained their intelligence, personality and special abilities. It caused a hunger in the host, a hunger which could only be sated by ingesting the flesh of the living; the flesh of other infected tasted foul to them and could induce illness. The hunger affected the infected's self control; the more hungry they were, the less rational and intelligent they became. Once sated, the zombies' personalities re-emerged, and the more humane and moral individuals often felt great guilt at this point.

It appeared to be 100% infectious, but as noted by Spider-Man, those with any kind of accelerated healing appear to be able to fend off the zombification longer after being bit than others; however, the virus would eventually take hold of them and their healing factor would fade after the zombification was complete. The disease was also shown to affect Asgardians, such as Thor. The virus is sentient in nature and focus on infecting the super-heroes because they are the most probable beings to breach the dimensional barriers of their realities to infect others. It's obsession to infect other realities is a way to "spread the gospel", also considering the food supply will eventually end in each universe.

The contagion appeared to have an addictive element to it, as the hunger was entirely mental; it's infected hosts don't need to eat, as they are already "dead"; severed zombie heads still had the gnawing hunger, despite not even having a stomach, implying that, as with someone addicted to drugs or alcohol, the infected hosts are addicted to human flesh. Also, like any addiction, the hunger could be cured in a sense. If a victim could be isolated from a food supply, within a couple of weeks the cravings disappeared and the subject was able perform a functioning role within society, but with necrotized flesh and near-immortality. This addiction could be explained by the virus messing with the chemical balance of the brain, having this "need" to feed. After having eaten nothing in weeks, this balance is restored.

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