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"Do you think it was easy to live with the truth? To know that one day all this would end? To keep on lying to you? If we gave humanity the choice, how many of them would be willing to die so that billions more could be born?"
―Ikaris to Eternals[src]

Ikaris was the former tactical leader and most powerful member of the community of genetically-engineered Eternals. Created by the Celestials in the World Forge, Ikaris was sent to Earth in 5,000 BC to progress the planet's societal development, and protect it from the Deviants. Ikaris learned early on of his true purpose to help initiate the planet's Emergence for the birth of Tiamut the Communicator, believing Earth to be a necessary sacrifice for more life to be created in new galaxies. While on his mission, he grew a close relationship with fellow Eternal Sersi and eventually married her.

In 2023, heralded of Earth's Emergence due to the Blip, Ikaris was forced to betray and murder the Prime Eternal Ajak when she began opposing Arishem the Judge's plan, being inspired by the heroics of the Avengers. Ikaris helped reassemble the other Eternals in preparation for the Emergence, but was singled out when they learned of their true purpose and opposed Arishem's plan as well. When the revelation of Ajak's death came to light and the team became divided whether or not to protect humanity, Ikaris betrayed his friends. He was outmatched by his former allies, who were able to kill Tiamut and effectively avert the Emergence. Guilt-ridden over his actions and having failed to live up to his life's purpose, Ikaris committed suicide by flying headfirst into the Sun.

Biography

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Emergence

Arriving on Earth

"I'm Ikaris."
"I'm Sersi."
―Ikaris and Sersi[src]

The Eternals arrive on Earth in 5,000 BC

After being built and programmed by Arishem the Judge, Ikaris and the rest of the Eternals were sent to Earth on the Domo. Once awoken, the Eternals were provided with suits to wear before arriving at the planet, and Ikaris introduced himself to Sersi. Ikaris, being one of the Eternal's main fighters, landed on Earth first to fight the Deviants. Ikaris fought against one of the creatures, taking the battle to the sky, where he defeated it. When the Deviants attacking the humans were defeated, the Eternals presented themselves to the race they were assigned to protect.[1]

Falling for Sersi

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Learning the Secret

After thousands of years of working with the rest of the Eternals as a team and becoming settled into the Babylon, Ajak revealed to Ikaris that their mission would soon end up with the Emergence of a New Celestial, which would eventually result in the destruction of the planet, much to the latter's shock. Ikaris and Ajak being loyal soldiers, decided not to tell the rest of the Eternals about this event, so that they can carry out their mission, without any protests from the rest of the Eternals, who were growing accustomed to humanity.[1]

Marrying Sersi

After working with each other over the centuries to pass by, Ikaris had formed a close relationship with his partner and confidante, Sersi, eventually falling in love with her, and eventually marrying her after a thousand of living with each other. Ikaris and Sersi deeply loved each other, living with each other for over five thousand years, happily with each other.[1]

Becoming Greek Legend

"Ikaris? The boy who flew too close to the sun?"
"Sprite came up with that tale when we were in Athens."
Dane Whitman and Sersi[src]

The Eternals eventually relocated to Athens, Greece to continue fighting the Deviants. During this period, Sprite created a story about Icarus, a fictionalized version of Ikaris who had wings and died after flying too close to the sun. As a result of Sprite sharing her story to the citizens of Athens, Ikaris, as Icarus, became one of Ancient Greece's historical legends and was incorporated into their mythology.[1]

Defeating the Deviants

After thousands of years of fighting with the Deviants, during 1521, there was a spanish invasion on the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan runs concurrently with an attack from the last of the Deviants. During the battle, Ikaris' ally, Druig left the Eternals to save humanity owing to them abstaining from human affairs, much to his disappointment. After the Deviants becoming seemingly eradicated, Ajak had released Ikaris and the rest of the Eternals to go their own ways, telling them to live amongst humanity, with Ikaris opting to go and live with his wife, Sersi.

Leaving Sersi

After living with Sersi for a long time, Ikaris decided to leave their marriage owing to his rising moral crisis of not being able to tell her of the true mission of the Eternals. Ikaris disappeared without any sort of explaination, deciding that it was best for Sersi to not be dragged in this, owing to her extreme love of humanity, breaking their marriage.

In 2018, Ikaris witnessed how the Snap delayed their mission, causing him to become embittered, angry, and disappointed seeing how the mission of the Celestials had been delayed.

Killing Ajak

Ikaris talks with Ajak

In 2023, following the Blip, Ikaris realized that the Emergence was coming soon as the population had now been restored. He traveled to South Dakota to meet with Ajak at her home. When he arrived, she wasn’t home, so he waited outside until she rode up on her horse. He then told her he was glad their mission was over. However, much to his shock, Ajak had gained an affinity for humanity over time and told him that the Avengersactions sealed the deal for her. When Ajak told him she was planning to cross Arishem and needed the help of all the Eternals. Angry, Ikaris decided that she must be stopped before she met with anyone.

Ikaris regrets killing Ajak

He then lied to Ajak telling her that he trusts her decision, and takes her to Alaska to lead her into a trap set up by him. As, Ikaris and Ajak have a confrontation with each other, he revealed that he had plotted her demise by the hands of the Deviants so that they can continue their mission of eradicating them till the last day - as Ikaris wants to stay as a loyal soldier to Arishem. Before she could do anything, Ikaris pushed Ajak off the cliff, right into the path of Kro and the Deviants. After watching her death, he decided to place her body in her house, in order to channel motivation for the mission of the Eternals. Despite being her true killer, Ikaris felt an immense amount of remorse for Ajak's death and shot laser beams out onto the grass.

Meeting Sersi and Sprite

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Ikaris meets with Sersi and Sprite in England.

Ikaris decided to look for the rest of the Eternals across the world. He tracked down Sersi and Sprite in London, England. Upon arriving, he saved them from Kro, however, much to the group's shock, they discovered that the Deviant was able to heal itself from injuries.

Despite knowing the true reason behind this phenomenon being Ajak's death, Ikaris kept quiet as he led the group back to South Dakota in the search for Ajak. At Ajak's home, Ikaris made the group discover her dead body from the Deviant's attack, in hopes that the death of Ajak will reunite the Eternals for the mission once again. Much to Ikaris' shock, Sersi discoverered the celestial sphere that Ajak had used to communicate with Arishem to her. After convincing others, about the looming threat of the Deviants, Ikaris went with Sersi and Sprite to find the rest of the Eternals.

Reuniting the Eternals

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Ambush at Druig's Compound

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The Eternals arrive at Druig's compound

After reuniting with the rest of the Eternals, the team went to the Amazon Rainforest, the last place that they all were together at, to meet Druig. There Druig established a community within his seclusion, with the rest of the Eternals filling him into what was happening, telling them to help stop the Emergence of a new celestial. Despite his disapproval of this idea, Ikaris kept quiet so no one would suspect his motivations of letting the Emergence happen.

Ikaris fights a Deviant

Suddenly, the Deviants had ambushed the camp of the Eternals, which had resulted in Ikaris being attacked by an now empowered Kro. After unsuccesfully trying to fend him off, Ikaris was saved by his comrade Gilgamesh, who told Ikaris to go fight the other Deviants while he would fight with Kro. When Ikaris arrived back, much to his sadness, despite his comrade's best attempts to defeat Kro, he had died after being left in a fatal state with all of his powers stolen.

Ikaris and the rest of the Eternals had mourned, the death of Gilgamesh. The death of Gilgamesh, left the rest of the Eternals now being determined to stop the Emergence. Despite his madness at the Eternals rejecting the mission given to them by the Celestials, Ikaris kept quiet, feeling it's the better move to make. [1]

Returning to the Domo

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Betraying the Eternals

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Helping the Eternals

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Suicide

"I'm sorry."
―Ikaris to Sersi[src]

Ikaris flies into the Sun

Soon after seeing the failure of the Emergence of Tiamut the Communicator, due to his lack of interference against Sersi due to his feelings for her, a guilt ridden Ikaris apologised to to Sersi for killing Ajak and betraying them again and again. Feeling frustrated over his failure to fulfill his mission whilst feeling guilt over his actions, Ikaris left Sersi, flying off into the sky. Ikaris flew off into space and after feeling his life had no purpose as he had betrayed his mission as an Eternal, flew straight into the Sun.

Personality

"I have been loyal to you, Ajak. Kept your secret for centuries, lied to everyone I care about. But never have I doubted my purpose to serve the Celestials."
―Ikaris to Ajak[src]

Ikaris is a loyal soldier who takes pride in following orders. However, he is totally dedicated to the Celestials' mission, even going as far as to kill Ajak, and later threatening and fighting his fellow Eternals should they interfere with Tiamut the Communicator's Emergence. This dedication though is not absolute which his love for Sersi takes precedent. When he had the chance to stop her forming the Uni-Mind, he chose not to do so and even joined them.

Afterwards, he felt deep guilt over what he had done in killing Ajak and betraying his fellow Eternals, leading him to fly out of the Earth's atmosphere and seemingly committed suicide by flying towards the Sun.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Eternal Physiology: By design from the Celestials, Ikaris was an Eternal possessing superhuman strength, durability, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes and healing numerous times superior than any normal human being, as well as immortality and being able to manipulate cosmic energy to a certain degree. He was regarded as one of the most powerful of the Eternals, to the point where it took three of them fighting him to restrain him.
    • Superhuman Strength: Like all Eternals, Ikaris possessed great superhuman strength, numerous times stronger than any normal human being. He was the second strongest Eternal of his time, only surpassed by Gilgamesh. He was able to knock back a large Deviant who had been pressuring Gilgamesh with a single charge and at one point he could forcibly open the mouth of a Deviant to launch his lasers directly at it's internal organs. He also easily overpowered and pushed Ajak off a cliff with enough force to cause a crater on the icy ground. During the battle with the other Eternals, Ikaris repeatedly managed to overcome them with great physical force without much effort. He was able to strike at Thena's shield with such force to push her back and easily pin her to a wall as well as casually throw her with enough force to stop Makkari's super speed, effortlessly lift, restrain, and throw around Druig, stop Makkari at her top speed and toss her aside with a single hand, and even break out of Phastos's restraints with considerable effort.
    • Superhuman Durability: Ikaris' body was numerous times more resistant to physical and energy damage than any normal human being. He was able to casually catch Thena's energy blade with a single hand and withstand multiple powerful blows from her and Makkari at super speed along with Phastos's energy projectiles without suffering any noteworthy injury.
    • Superhuman Speed: Ikaris could run and move at great superhuman speed, much faster than any normal human being. His speed is lesser than Makkari, but more so than the other Eternals, as he was able to effortlessly catch Druig off-guard and quickly overwhelm Thena in a rapid exchange of blows.
    • Superhuman Agility: Ikaris naturally possessed far greater agility, equilibrium, flexibility, dexterity, balance, and body coordination than any normal human being.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Ikaris' advanced musculature was considerably more efficient than any normal human being. As a result, his muscles virtually did not produce fatigue toxins during physical activity. His endurance allowed him to exercise his maximum capacity for an extremely long period of time without tiring at all.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Ikaris could react and dodge objects traveling at high speeds, much quicker than any normal human being. He was responsive enough to even react to Makkari's super speed after a while and was able to counter most of Thena and Phastos's attacks with ease.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Ikaris' metabolism enabled him to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue with far greater speed and efficiency than any normal human being.
    • Immortality: As an Eternal, Ikaris was genetically able to live forever, without dying due to old age or illnesses.
    • Flight: Ikaris was genetically able to fly, glide and float through the air and vacuum of space at hyper-sonic speeds, allowing him to takeoff and land safely on the planet's surface with ease. He can also maneuver with great precision in any direction, as well as float in one place.
    • Cosmic Energy Manipulation: By design of the Celestials, all Eternals are genetically capable of using cosmic energy. Each Eternal possesses a unique ability, all derived from the same cosmic power source.
      • Optic Energy Blasts:

        Ikaris uses energy blasts

        Ikaris was able to use his cosmic energy to project powerful cosmic energy beams from his eyes.

Abilities

  • Master Combatant: Ikaris was an extremely skilled and formidable hand-to-hand combatant, with thousands years of training and combat experience, making him one of the most powerful and best fighters in the universe.
  • Master Marksman: To be added
  • Expert Acrobat: To be added
  • Gifted Intellect: To be added
  • Master Tactician: To be added
  • Multilingualism: To be added

Equipment

Weapons

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Vehicles

Facilities

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Relationships

Family

  • Sersi - Ex-Wife and Leader

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Trivia

  • In the comics, Ikaris was a third generation member of the Eternals.
  • In Eternals, it is mentioned that Sprite create the tale of Icarus based on Ikaris, while they were stationed in Athens. In the comics, Ikaris adopted the name of his human son Icarus (implying he was originally the craftman Deadalus), who died while he was flying with mechanical wings created by Phastos and Makkari, and became the source of the myth.
  • The alias Phastos gives Ikaris, "Isaac," is a reference to an A.I. from the comics who helps serve the Eternals.

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