Kingo Sunen
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Eternals #11 (May 1977)
Created byJack Kirby
In-story information
Alter egoKingo Sunen
SpeciesEternal (comics)
Place of originEarth-616
Team affiliationsEternals
AbilitiesImmortality, master swordsman, other powers not demonstrated

Kingo Sunen is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in The Eternals #11 (May 1977) and was created by Jack Kirby. He is depicted as a member of the Eternals, a fictional race in the Marvel Comics universe.

The character made his first on-screen appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the 2021 film Eternals in which he is played by Kumail Nanjiani.

Publication history

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Kingo was created by Jack Kirby. He first appeared in The Eternals #11 (May 1977). Just like all the other Eternals Kirby created him as a mixture of science fiction mixed with classic mythology, similarly to what he did when he created the New Gods for DC Comics in 1971.[1][2]

Fictional character biography

Like all other Eternals was created by the Celestials around a million years ago on earth on early humanity. Like others of his species he was created as a result of the many genetic experiments the Celestials did on Earth-616.[3] Another of these experiments are the devious Deviants who are also the primary antagonists of Eternals.

Kingo spent centuries in Japan learning the ways of the Samurai, and is one of the most skilled swordsmen on the planet. In the present day and age, he has parlayed his skills into becoming a major action film star in Japan.[4]

He later reappeared, after Sprite's mindwiping of the Eternals, once again, as a major Japanese film icon, now an actor, director, and producer, who is making a film in San Francisco starring the Blob, finding himself drawn to the Dreaming Celestial.[5]

Powers and abilities

Kingo Sunen presumably has all the typical powers of Eternals—immortality, super-strength, flight, energy projection, and molecular manipulation. However, he eschews the use of these powers in battle, preferring to fight in the traditional manner of the Samurai. Kingo uses a sword forged by the Eternal Phastos that can cut through nearly any material.[citation needed]

In other media

Kingo appears in Eternals, portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani.[6] Kingo was sent to Earth with other Eternals to save humanity from the Deviants, but they disbanded when they felt that the Deviant threat had abated. Subsequently, Kingo, who can project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands, became a popular Bollywood film star,[7][8] and his descendants over the course of multiple generations. He reunited with the Eternals when the Deviant threat returned. When Ikaris revealed their true mission was to protect the Earth so that it could function as a womb for the Celestial Tiamut, whose emergence would destroy the Earth, Kingo abandoned the mission. However, after this catastrophe was averted, Kingo, Phastos, and Sersi were kidnapped by the Celestial Arishem, who intended to analyze their memories to judge whether humanity is worthy to live.

Kingo appears in the video game Marvel Future Fight.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Who Is Kingo? A Look At Marvel Comics' Eternals Characters - Comic Years". comicyears.com. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  2. ^ G, Alex (2020-08-14). "The History Of Marvel's Kingo Explained". Looper.com. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  3. ^ "INTERVIEW: Eternals' Kieron Gillen Hypes the Return of Marvel's Cosmic Angels". CBR. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  4. ^ The Eternals #11 (May 1977)
  5. ^ Uncanny X-Men #500 (July 2008)
  6. ^ Coggan, Devan (July 20, 2019). "Marvel introduces 'The Eternals' at Comic-Con with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Coogan, Devan (August 18, 2021). "Hope Springs: Go behind the scenes of Marvel's Eternals". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 18, 2021. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  8. ^ Ridlehoover, John (March 4, 2020). "Eternals: Nanjiani's Kingo Will Hide in Plain Sight - As a Bollywood Star". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Dellosa, Catherine Ng (17 November 2021). "Marvel Future Fight Adds Kingo, Gilgamesh, and Thena to the RPG in Latest Eternals Update". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 21 November 2021.