Elders of the Universe

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Silver Surfer and Mantis versus the Elders of the Universe.

The Elders of the Universe are a group that features in Marvel Comics.



The Elders of the Universe

For a time, the Elders came to believe themselves to be an exalted form of life as they were the oldest living beings in the universe. This viewpoint shattered when they discovered that Galactus the World Devourer was an inhabitant of the previous universe and even older than them. Thus, they decided to target Galactus and eliminate him knowing full well that this could lead to the collapse of reality. The Elders had hoped that by destroying reality that a new universe would be created and that they could transition into this new cosmos to become beings akin to Galactus in the new universe free to be oldest and most powerful beings. (Silver Surfer v3 #6)

The Elders later learnt of a new threat to existence in the form of the Awareness that was believed to be a by-product of the Big Bang and had ties to the previous cosmos. The cosmic force journeyed across creation where it consumed the minds across reality in an effort to end all sentient life. Sensing this threat, the Elders decided to assemble a group to counter it with the Contemplator deciding to form the Deadpool Corps. Upon gathering the different versions of Deadpool, the mercenaries were then dispatched to confront the Awareness though the Grandmaster and the Champion were unconvinced about these chosen champions. (Deadpool Corps v1 #1)

A wager was made between the Grandmaster and the Collector who decided to chose champions to settle their bet. This saw the Grandmaster select the Hulk who chose his fellow Defenders to aid him whilst the Collector decided to choose he mysterious Red Hulk who gathered a group of supervillains to form the Offenders for the fight. (Hulk v2 #10)

Following the Secret Wars, the Elders sought to confirm their suspicion that the Multiverse had been reborn and arrived at the ruined remains of Battleworld. They sought to determine how to divide the energy from the ruined chrysalis dimension with the Grandmaster suggesting a Contest of Champions with combatants selected from the Multiverse. Each Elder selected a champion to fight but each were eliminated leaving the warriors of the Grandmaster and the Collector as the only remaining fighters. The Maestro, however, refused the final fight but proposed a new Contest instead whereby himself and Punisher 2099 served as coaching Summoners to teams of champions that would fight one another. (Contest of Champions v2 #6)

The machinations of the Maestro allowed him to stage an attack on the Grandmaster to claim his piece of the Iso-Sphere. Through that, he took the remaining power of the Iso-Sphere from the Collector whereupon he used the Power Primordial to banish the Elders from the Battlerealm. (Contest of Champions v2 #6) With the reordering of the universe, the events had led to an impact on several Elders that began to act differently. (All-New Guardians of the Galaxy v1 #10)

Afterwards, an Alliance was formed between the Kree and the Skrulls thus ending their long war. This caused a disruption in the galactic economy with the Profiteer attempting to still maintain some semblance of the fight with a regular gladiatorial match between a Kree and Skrull child with bets being made amongst the attendees. (Empyre: Fantastic Four v1 #0)


Elders were beings as old as the most ancient of gods. (Unworthy Thor v1 #2) Their family bond was not based on lineage but rather on shared Power Primordial. (All-New Guardians of the Galaxy v1 #10)

They were regarded as shepherds of existence. (Avengers v1 #339) Resisting an Elder was considered futile and came at a greater price. It was said that none of their number had ever broken a true promise. (Hulk v2 #10) All knowledge that existed or had ever existed was said to be accessible to an Elder. (Shatterstar v1 #3) Death was held as a subjective term for an Elder allowing them to restore others to life. However, resurrection for their own number was nearly impossible. (Hulk v2 #12)

A saying among their number was that, "moments of cosmic consequence are always followed by moments of profound silence." (Avengers v1 #339)


  • Architect :
  • Astronomer : Seginn Gallio
  • Caregiver :
  • Challenger : the original Grandmaster who was friends with En Dwi Gast with the two engaging in games with one another. Gast though kept increasing the stakes until he won the final game where he claimed the name of Grandmaster and banished his old friend to Far Shore. Once there, the former Grandmaster remained for countless years until he was freed whereupon he took the name of the Challenger with him wanting revenge against his former friend. (Avenger v1 #679)
  • Champion : Tryco Slatterus
  • Collector : Taneleer Tivan
  • Contemplator : Tath Ki
  • Ego :
  • Explorer : Zamanathan Rambunazeth
  • Father Time :
  • Gardener : Ord Zyonz
  • Grand Astrogator :
  • Grandmaster : En Dwi Gast
  • Judicator :
  • Obliterator : Maht Pacle
  • Possessor :
  • Profiteer : a dark haired gray-skinned female who was said to be the sister of the Grandmaster where she was fixated on the acquisition of wealth and profit in all its forms. She was noted to had profited from conflict which was why she was also known as the War Profiteer. (Empyre: Fantastic Four v1 #0)
  • Promoter : Xirena Awhina was a black female with white hair that was the last of her race who operated as the 'Mistress of Marketing' that masterminded contestants to battle the Champion. (Thor vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe v1 #1)
  • Runner : Gilpetperdon
  • Trader : Cort Zo Tinnus


  • The Elders of the Universe were created by Stan Lee and Don Heck where they first appeared in Avengers v1 #28 (May, 1966) with the Collector first appearing but the Elders as a group first appeared in Avengers v1 #174 (August, 1978).

In other media


  • In Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, the Grandmaster made an appearance in the episode "Contest of Champion" where he was referred to as an Elder of he Universe. Both the Kree and the Skrulls were shown to respect as well as fear his power.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, both the Collector and the Grandmaster appeared in the animated television series in the episode "Contest of Champions" where they were referred to as Elders of the Universe. The two waged the Contest of Champions whereby the Grandmasters villains battled the Collectors heroes with Earth being the prize.


  • Avengers v1: (1978)
  • Silver Surfer v3:
  • Deadpool Corps v1:
  • Hulk v2:
  • All-New Guardians of the Galaxy v1:
  • Shatterstar v1:
  • Empyre: Fantastic Four v1: (2020)

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