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Shi'ar legends said that the homeworld of the M'kraan Crystal was the first planet to form and was as old as time. Whatever race lived there was long gone and the only structure that withstood the ravages of time was the M'kraan Crystal. It is said its creators named the Crystal "the end of all that is." Since its discovery the planet remained under Shi'ar protection.[6]

The M'kraan Crystal was a huge pink crystal of unknown origins, which was older than known history. Inside of the crystal there was a beautiful alien city, that outstretched, by far, the "logical" volume that should have been allowable. Also there was no movement, as time and space had no meaning here. At the center of the city was a glowing energy sphere, which hosted a neutron galaxy. The sun of this neutron galaxy was a nexus point of all matter and antimatter of not only the universe, but all the different realities in existence.[1] The crystal also housed the White Hot Room.[2]

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Should the Crystal's stasis fields be destroyed, the gravitational forces would extend into the universe, drawing all of it into a black hole, causing the universe to collapse. After that, it explodes into a new, virgin universe. Every million years, when nine galaxies, seen as mere stars from the homeworld, enter a certain alignment, the Crystal would open a gateway to what legend said was absolute power. For this reason, the crystal was guarded by powerful beings named Jahf and Modt.[7]

Emperor D'ken of the Shi'ar Empire attempted to use the legendary power of the M'kraan Crystal. His sister Lilandra, rightly believing such an attempt would destroy the universe, enlisted the aid of the X-Men to stop his plan. With the help of the Starjammers, D'ken was defeated. The Crystal was repaired by the power of the Phoenix Force (who had taken the form and persona of Jean Grey) and the universe was saved.[8]

Capabilities

Known as the "Nexus of All Realities,"[1][2][3][4] the M'kraan Crystal allows one to travel to other realities of the Multiverse.[9] Even shards of the crystal have this property; for example, Nate Grey, Holocaust, Sugar Man, and others were transported from the Age of Apocalypse (Earth-295) to Earth-616 with a shard of the M'kraan Crystal.[10] Additionally, the crystal enables time travel. Sugar Man used residue energies from his initial transport to go back to the Age of Apocalypse before it got destroyed.[3] A shard of the crystal powers the reality-hopping Tallus,[5] and the crystal can even transport people to the Panoptichron, a location outside of space and time.[11]

The crystal also has restorative properties. The M'kraan Crystal restored Charles Xavier's mutation after he was depowered by Wanda Maximoff.[12]

Alternate Reality Versions

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M'kraan Crystal from Spider-Man Noir Vol 2 5.jpg On Earth-90214, the M'kraan Crystal is located inside the Tomb of the Heaven of the Temple of Inanna in Uruk; Babylon. Spider-Man Noir (Vol. 2) #5

Notes

  • "M'kraan" has been pronounced in different ways:
  • The M'kraan Crystal simultaneously exists in all realities.[2] If the crystal is shattered in one reality, it would affect other realities and could potentially wipe out the entire Multiverse or beyond.[1][9] In one account, the previous Multiverse ended when the previous M'kraan Crystal was destroyed.[13][14]

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