The Celestials’ Vampire Weakness Perfectly Sets Up Their Cosmic Opposites

The Celestials' Vampire Weakness Perfectly Sets Up Their Cosmic Opposites

Celestials are weirdly vulnerable to vampires, with a recent lore change hinting that this may mean the Elder Gods are their opposite number.

Warning: conntains spoilers for Eternals #12!

Marvel Comics has recently established that the Celestials are the source of all superpowers on Earth, which explains one of the most unusual weaknesses shown by the inscrutable space gods. Vampires, creatures of mystical origins who were generated from the magical Darkhold tome, are the spawn of the Elder God Chthon, and they recently demonstrated a bizarre ability to hurt the cosmic beings.

The Celestials are at the center of Marvel’s most recent attempt to answer an old question: why do so many superpowered beings exist on Earth, and why is this small planet at the center of so many events of cosmic significance? The answer came through the Avengers series, where it was revealed that a dead Celestial, called the Progenitor, crash-landed on Earth billions of years ago, dying from an infection caused by space parasites. The Progenitor released its infested bio-fluids into the fertile primordial Earth and changed the planet forever, making it a breeding ground for superpowered individuals. Eternals #12 (from Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic) recently added that the other Celestials have been guiding this process, using the Deviants (the Eternals’ sworn enemies) to stabilize the wild mutations caused by the Progenitor, creating stable “strange life forms” to weaponize against their enemies.

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The body of the Progenitor is used by the Avengers as their headquarters, and in Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s Avengers #48, it came under attack when a necrotizing super-pathogen engineered using Dracula’s blood was used to infect the Celestial, severely damaging the god. This was incredibly surprising, because while Dracula is a powerful villain, the Celestials have traditionally been impervious to any attack not coming from higher cosmic beings such as themselves. Some of the most powerful superheroes, such as Thor and Sentry, have tried to fight a Celestial and come up short. Marvel’s new “secret origin” of superpowers, however, can perfectly explain this.

Marvel’s vampires are all descendants of Varnae, a sorcerer from ancient Atlantis who worshiped Chthon, one of the Elder Gods, immortal beings who once ruled the primordial Earth. Chthon’s book of dark magic, the Darkhold, was used to perform a ritual that transformed Varnae into the first vampire, meaning that the powers possessed by his descendants do not come from the Progenitor’s necrofluids, but from Elder God magic. Almost all other Earth-based superbeings – including mutants – have powers which can be traced back to Celestial DNA. While it could be a coincidence that Dracula was able to affect a Celestial so drastically, it makes sense that his pathogen was so dangerous because it comes from a source outside the Celestials’ biology. It could be that the Elder Gods are effectively the Celestials’ Kryptonite.

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While the sample size for this theory is still small, it makes sense to set the Celestials and the Elder Gods as opposites. The Celestials are clearly influenced by sci-fi in concept and appearance, while the Elder Gods are magic-based homages to the Chthulu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. Both are major creative and destructive forces but with totally different sources of power. Marvel’s recent huge lore change perfectly explains the Celestials’ surprising weakness against vampires, and sets up opposition at the highest levels of power in the universe.

Next: Avengers’ Celestial Base Rises from the Dead to Judge X-Men & Eternals

Eternals #12 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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