Kronos (far left) with the cosmic pantheon on the cover of Infinity Gauntlet #5.
(November 1991).
Art by Ron Lim.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceIron Man #55
(February 1972)
Created byJim Starlin (writer / artist)
In-story information
Alter egoKronos
SpeciesCosmic being
Team affiliationsEternals
Notable aliasesTitan God of Time
Father of Fathers
  • Superhuman intelligence
  • Time manipulation
  • Telepathy

Kronos (UK: /ˈkrnɒs/, US: /ˈkrns/) (also spelled as Chronos[1]) is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Jim Starlin, the character first appeared in Iron Man #55 (February 1972).[2] Kronos is a cosmic being who is the embodiment of time.[3][4] He is the brother of Uranos.[5] He is also the grandfather of the supervillain Thanos.[6]

Publication history

Kronos debuted in Iron Man #55 (February 1972), created by Jim Starlin.[7] He appeared in the 1968 Captain Marvel series. He appeared in 1987 Silver Surfer series. He appeared briefly in the 1989 Quasar series. He appeared in the limited series 1991 Infinity Gauntlet series. He appeared in the 1992 Warlock and the Infinity Watch series.

Fictional character biography

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Kronos was originally one of the immortal Eternals, and led a rebellion against his tyrannical brother Uranos. After a successful coup, Kronos fathered the Eternals Zuras and A'lars (also known as Mentor, the present leader of the Titanian Eternals), before being accidentally atomized during a botched experiment. The character's spirit survives, continuing to exist in astral form with amplified powers and abilities.[8]

Kronos saves the soul of Arthur Douglas, killed by a barrage from the ship of the Titan, Thanos. He subsequently uses Douglas' soul to create Drax the Destroyer, a being intended to kill Thanos, his own grandson.[9]

Thanos comes into possession of the artifact the Cosmic Cube and uses it to imprison Kronos, who is eventually freed when Thanos is defeated by the Kree hero Mar-Vell and the Avengers.[10]

Kronos realizes that the entity Death has restored Thanos to life, and, in response, the character restores an at-the-time deceased Drax to life, to hunt Thanos once again (with an increase in physical power at the cost of his mental acuity).[11]

He encounters the disembodied spirit of villain Maelstrom,[12] and glimpses Infinity when the entity manifests.[13]

Alongside the combined cosmic pantheon of the Marvel universe, he attempts to stop Thanos, who at the time wields the Infinity Gems.[14]

Kronos listens to the entreaties of the heroine Moondragon, and restores Drax – her father when Arthur Douglas – to his original, thinking state.[15]

Powers and abilities

Kronos lost his physical form due to an explosion caused by an experiment gone wrong.[16] He became a time entity with the ability to achieve virtually any effect by willing it.[17] He possesses the power of telepathy.[18] Kronos has a form of cosmic awareness that grants him to have a metaphysical insight in space and time.[19][20] He can control the souls of those who died.[21] He occasionally manifests as a huge translucent humanoid so certain beings can perceive him.[22][23] Additionally, Kronos possesses a


Further reading


  1. ^ Captain Marvel #29; Silver Surfer Vol. 3 #37
  2. ^ Hearn, Kayleigh (November 1, 2021). "Marvel Eternals You Won't See In The Eternals Movie". Looper. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  3. ^ Bacon, Thomas (June 23, 2018). "How The Eternals Can Fit Into Avengers 4". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  4. ^ Diaz, Eric (March 14, 2019). "7 Marvel Villains That Could Be the Secret Bad Guy in AVENGERS: ENDGAME". Nerdist. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  5. ^ Lealos, Shawn S. (2019-07-27). "The 15 Most Powerful Eternals, Ranked". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  6. ^ Brehmer, Nat (December 22, 2017). "18 Most Powerful Marvel Gods, Ranked Weakest To Strongest". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  7. ^ Karbank, Octavio (May 5, 2018). "High Holy Rollers: 25 Powerful Marvel Space Gods Ranked". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  8. ^ What If? #24-25 (December and February)
  9. ^ Iron Man #55 (February. 1973)
  10. ^ Captain Marvel #31 (March. 1974) & #34 (May. 1974)
  11. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 3, #35 (March 1990)
  12. ^ Quasar #19 (February 1991)
  13. ^ Quasar #25 (August 1991)
  14. ^ Infinity Gauntlet #1-6 (July-Dec. 1991)
  15. ^ Warlock and the Infinity Watch #42 (August 1995)
  16. ^ Gunter, Gary (September 18, 2018). "Marvel Vs DC: The 25 Most Powerful Gods Officially Ranked". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  17. ^ Brayson, Johnny (September 30, 2022). "The 50 Most Powerful Characters In The Marvel Universe, Ranked". Bustle. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  18. ^ Abdulbaki, Mae (February 12, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame' Spoilers: Kronos Is the "Greater Threat," Theory Says". Inverse. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  19. ^ Harn, Darby (2021-05-27). "10 Most Powerful Members Of The Eternals". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
  20. ^ Singleton, Seth (May 6, 2022). "15 Strongest Marvel Gods, Ranked". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  21. ^ Ganguly, Srijani (January 20, 2021). "Eternals: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Kronos". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  22. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z: Update Vol 1 #2 (August 2010)
  23. ^ Barnhardt, Adam (February 10, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame' Theory Might Reveal Marvel's Greatest Villain". Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  24. ^ Lealos, Shawn S. (2019-07-27). "The 15 Most Powerful Eternals, Ranked". CBR. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  25. ^ Harn, Darby (2021-05-27). "10 Most Powerful Members Of The Eternals". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2022-08-30.