Ikaris was a third generation member of the Eternals,[8] an evolutionary offshoot of humanity who possessed extraordinarily long life spans and superhuman powers.


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Early Life

He was born over 20,000 years ago to two members of the Polar Eternals, the group of Eternals living in the Eternal city of Polaria in what is now Siberia. At the time of the Great Cataclysm that sank Atlantis and devastated Earth about twenty thousand years ago, Ikaris guided an ark carrying human survivors and animals to safety.[9] The ark had been created by fellow Eternal Utnapishtim.[7]

Originally Ikaris was not known by the name he bears today. His uncle Valkin and the Eternal Phastos constructed the Pyramid of the Winds and the storehouses below it in the Arctic icecap. There were housed objects of tremendous power, including a weapon that the alien, virtually omnipotent Celestials once used to destroy one of the Celestials' own race.[10] The symbol of the Pyramid seems to have been imprinted on Ikaris's brow somehow. Although the symbol is usually not visible, it once appeared when Ikaris was subjected to tremendous neural pain. On his costume Ikaris wore certain symbols, which had a unique molecular pattern. Recreating this pattern was the means by which the vault holding the Pyramid's most dangerous secrets could be opened. Not only was Ikaris trusted with wearing this pattern, but the symbols were designed so that they would glow and change into pyramid shapes if intruders successfully breached the Pyramid.[citation needed]

Ancient Greece

Ikaris was a warrior who fought against the monstrous Deviants in their various attempts to oppress humanity. In the days of Greek mythology, Ikaris was assigned to battle Deviants (including a Minotaur-shaped Deviant) in the labyrinthine tunnels they had dug beneath the Aegean Sea. During this time he met and married a mortal human woman whom he met in Minoan Crete, and they had a son, whom they named Ikaris. The younger Ikaris delighted in being carried aloft by the elder Ikaris in flight. With the aid of Phastos and the Eternal Makkari, the elder Ikaris constructed an artificial flying device so that the young Ikaris could fly. But before the elder Ikaris could teach his young son how to use the device properly, he had to leave on a long mission fighting Deviants in distant areas of the globe. He was gone for years, and his wife fell into despair. The younger Ikaris, convinced that his father must have been trapped by enemies, put on the flying device to fly in search of him. But the younger Ikaris soared too high into the atmosphere, and fainted for lack of oxygen. He drifted in the upper atmosphere for days until the sun's ultraviolet rays burned out the device's controls, and he fell into the sea. The elder Ikaris eventually returned, and found and buried his son's body. He then adopted his son's name as a memorial to him.[1]

Ikaris and Phastos observed Hercules defending the city of Lerna from the Hydra. They grew concerned that a Olympian god was among the mortals. They decided to continue to observe the situation and intervene as necessary.[11]

Third Host

Ikaris's own father, Virako, died battling mutated earthworm about one thousand years ago, during a group of Eternals' preparations for the coming of the Third Host of the Celestials. Valkin then adopted Ikaris as his own son.[5] During the thousand years that followed, Ikaris trained to sharpen his senses, so that he could locate the beacon left behind by the Celestials in the Incas' Chamber of the Gods in Peru to guide the Fourth Host of the Celestials there. [2]

15th century

In the late 15th century famed artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci created a sculptor of Ikaris.[12]

20th century

Ikaris and Pixie met with Velmax at a diner to discuss the return of the Skrulls to Earth.[13]

Modern Age

When the time approached for the Celestials' return, Ikaris, posing as a guide named "Ike Harris", went to the Chamber with the human archaeologist Dr. Daniel Damian and his daughter Margo Damian. (Ikaris posed as a human being so as not to alert the Deviants.) Ikaris revealed his true identity to the Damians, fought off a Deviant attack force trying to destroy the beacon[2] and reawakened Ajak.[14] He tried to defend New York City against the Deviants' attack, but was captured and imprisoned in a tube at the bottom of the ocean.[15] He was released after Thena had reached a truce with Kro and his forces and was amongst the group who revealed the races' existence to Professor Samuel Holden.[16]

Ikaris and Margo Damian since fell in love. When the Eternal race decided to leave Earth after the departure of the Celestials' Fourth Host, the Eternals' collective consciousness in the form of the Uni-Mind decreed that certain Eternals who were particularly involved with Earthly matters, including Ikaris, remain behind. Ikaris remained on Earth as a guardian of humanity against any menace posed by the Deviants. He led an attempt by various Eternals to thwart the plans of the Deviant priestlord Ghaur to achieve vast power for his race. Ikaris became the Prime Eternal, after successfully challenging Thena.[17]

When the time approached for the Celestials' return, Ikaris, posing as a guide named Ike Harris, went to the Chamber with the human archaeologist Dr. Daniel Damian and his daughter Margo. (Ikaris posed as a human being so as not to alert the Deviants.) Ikaris revealed his true identity to the Damians, fought off a Deviant attack force trying to destroy the beacon[2] and reawakened Ajak.[9] He tried to defend New York City against the Deviants' attack, but was captured and imprisoned in a tube at the bottom of the ocean.[15] He was released after Thena had reached a truce with Kro and his forces and was amongst the group who revealed the races' existence to Professor Samuel Holden.[18]

Helping the Inhumans

Ikaris and the Eternals using their combined powers create a foundation for Black Bolt to hide the city of Attilan in a hidden trench located in the Himalayas.[19]

Contest of Champion

The Grandmaster kidnapped Ikaris and every known hero away from Earth. They was sent to battle in a specially made arena.[20]

Iron Man

Ikaris and the Eternals were kidnapped by Kro and held in suspended animation until saved by Iron Man who stumbled on to the city in the Himalayas.[21][22]

Guardian of Humanity

Ikaris and Margo Damian since fell in love. When the Eternal race decided to leave Earth after the departure of the Celestials' Fourth Host, the Eternals' collective consciousness in the form of the Uni-Mind decreed that certain Eternals who were particularly involved with Earthly matters, including Ikaris, remain behind.[23] Ikaris remained on Earth as a guardian of humanity against any menace posed by the Deviants.[3] Ikaris and his allies in trying to stop Warlord Kro from raiding the Pyramid of the Winds.[16] He led an attempt by various Eternals to thwart the plans of the Deviant priestlord Ghaur to achieve vast power for his race. Ikaris became the Prime Eternal, after successfully challenging Thena.[24] They were unsuccessful in stopping Ghaur from acquiring the essence of the Dreaming Celestial, and thus assuming the power of a Celestial himself. Ikaris and the Eternals joined forces with the Avengers West Coast to stop Ghaur from freeing the true Dreaming Celestial.[25]

High Evolutionary

Ikaris alongside the Eternals were attacked by the High Evolutionary when he came to study the DNA of the powerful offshoots of humanity.[26]

Mahd Wy'ry

When Sersi became ill with Mahd Wy'ry disease, a incurable degenerating "disease" of the Eternals. They attempted to bring her back to Olympia to perform the "Rite of Cleansing", but she refused as it was process in which the infested is killed. She instead asked him to perform the "Gann Josin" between her and her lover the Black Knight. Ikaris was not best pleased but agreed and the two was soul bonded in matrimony.[6]

Thanos

Ikaris and the Eternals joined the battle against Thanos when he tried to become one with the Universe.[27]

Memory Wipe

Ikaris and his fellow Eternals were victims of memory wipe caused by Sprite. She caused them all to forget their true identities. Believing himself to be "Ike Harris" he was captured Deviants; Morjak and Gelt who vaporised his body but he survived and apeeared beneath Olympia. This caused him to regain his memory and powers and began his mission to recover all the Eternals. He teamed up with Makkari in hope of reawakening the lost the ninety others.[28]

Intelligenica

Intelligencia used cloaking technology to sneak by Ikaris and the Eternals to find their massive archive of ancient texts in hopes of finding data from the Library of Alexandria.[29]

Battling the Red Hulk

Facing the Red Hulk

Ikaris was observing the Red Hulk taking out a Hydra-like sea creature on the island of Kavai. Sersi relayed the battle to Ikaris who presented this information to Olympia. They began to debate on how to handle humanity, they wondered if they should leave them be, defend them, or rule over them. While some think they should form the Uni-Mind, Thena points out that it only leads to the Eternals leaving for the stars. The conversation was interrupted by Sersi's scream and Ikaris travelled to the island to help. It was revealed that Red Hulk was about to attack Sersi but she explained she was only their to prove to the Eternals humanity can be heroic. He stood down but it was to late and Ikaris attacked and knocked into the nearby volcano. Machine Man tried to help but he was no martch for the Eternal. Red Hulk recovered and threw a massive rock at Ikaris. During the fight the Red Hulk was forced to stop to divert the magma flow from the volcano to save the people of the island. Sersi convinced him that it was all a big misunderstanding. They travelled back to Olympia and Zuras was unimpressed with the humans champions and time would still tell on how they will deal with the humans.[11]

Tanalth

Ikaris was kidnapped by Tanalth and used him as a weapon against the Invaders who came to Hala in order to rescue Namor and stop the Kree from using the Gods' Whisperer.[30][31]

Dark Celestials

When the countless bodies of Celestials rained down on the Earth to herald the arrival of the Dark Celestials, the Eternals learned a dark truth that drove them mad: that the true purpose of their kind was to cultivate humankind, since the First Host of Celestials allowed humanity to thrive because they saw in their genetic makeup the potential to act as antibodies against the Horde. In their madness, the Eternals either turned against each other or committed suicide, including Ikaris. Before dying, he was found by Iron Man and Doctor Strange who had traveled to Olympia to investigate the Final Host. Ikaris told the pair how he and fellow Eternals lost their minds because their true purpose was hidden. Hoping to help the heroes stop the Horde, Ikaris mentally passed on to Iron Man the key to summon a Uni-Mind.[32]

Power Grid [33]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
Speed*
Durability
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Ikaris is a teleporter

Powers

Ikaris is one of the most powerful Eternals in existence and the second most powerful on Earth (second only to Zuras).

Earth-Eternal Physiology: Like all Eternals, his life force is augmented by cosmic energy and he has total mental control over his physical form and bodily processes even when he is asleep or unconscious.

  • Immortality: He is unable to die by age and is resistant to diseases and toxins to an unknown degree.
  • Superhuman Strength: Ikaris is stronger than the average Eternal and most others (with the exception of Thanos, Gilgamesh, Interloper-equal in strength, and Hyperion of Earth-712).
  • Superhuman Durability: He has an extraordinary level of durability capable of being submerged in lava or struck by Red Hulk and Hercules. Among the earth bound Eternals, his durability is only surpassed by Zuras.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Cosmic energy bolsters Ikaris's metabolism so that he does not tire from any physical exertion.
  • Regeneration: Should Ikaris be injured somehow, he could regenerate any injured or missing tissue. An Eternal can only die through an injury that disperses a significant portion of his body molecules, or if he is injured after his mental control over his body is somehow broken.
  • Flight: Ikaris can levitate himself by mentally manipulating gravitons (subatomic particles carrying the force of gravitational attraction between atoms) around himself. He can also levitate other persons and objects, even while simultaneously levitating himself. Ikaris is able to fly via self-levitation at approximately 850 miles per hour (1.1 times the speed of sound), a rate of speed most other Eternals cannot match.
  • Psionics: Ikaris has low level psychic abilities, enabling him to scan the superficial thoughts of any mind less adept than his own. He can mentally create illusions so as to disguise himself. Ikaris can also psionically manipulate atoms and molecules so as to transform an object's shape. However, Ikaris is only a second-level adept on a five level scale (the fifth level being the highest) in this discipline. He can rearrange molecules in the air so as to create a virtually impenetrable shield about himself.
  • Cosmic Energy Manipulation: Ikaris can project cosmic energy in the form of beams from his eyes or beams and flashes from his hands. This cosmic energy, stored in specialized enclaves of cells in his body, can be used as force, heat, light, and possibly other forms of electromagnetic energy. Ikaris can project a maximum concussive force of at least 260 pounds per square inch. He can project heat of a maximum temperature of at least 3,000 Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt iron. It takes about one minute for him to attain this maximum temperature. Because Ikaris's heat beams can vaporize solid objects, they are often called his disintegration beams, The maximum range for his energy beams is about 200 feet. Ikaris is a fourth level adept on a five-level scale (the fifth level being the highest) in this discipline. The expenditure of cosmic energy in this way continually for several hours will temporarily deplete Ikaris's physical strength, but not his resistance to injury, although it will temporarily increase his sensitivity to pain. He will rapidly return to normal after such lengthy energy expenditure is over. At maximum these beams are capable of hurting Red Hulk and Hercules.
  • Teleportation: Ikaris can teleport himself psionically, but prefers not to do so, since, like other Eternals, he finds the self-teleportation process physically unpleasant. He can also teleport other people along with himself.
  • Enhanced Senses: Through a thousand years of training, Ikaris has vastly sharpened his senses to an extent that he would be able to warn the rest of the Eternals when the Celestials returned.

Abilities

As Prime Eternal, Ikaris's attributes are increased to an unknown degree, and he is also able to form a Uni-Mind with other Eternals.

Strength level

Ikaris possesses superhuman strength, enabling him to lift (press) over 40 tons without also employing his mental power to levitate the object he is lifting.


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