Part 2 – The Early Men (2.7 million BC – 50,000 BC)
This is Part 2 of the History of Marvel Universe Project, this post includes the evolution and the rise of the human race on Earth. If you haven’t read part 1, I highly recommend you read it before starting this post.
The Dawn of Men
When early humanoids started appearing on Earth, they were in the form of primitive ape-men. Another race later known as the Evolutionaries were being hunted by wolf-like predators, an Eternal named Phastos, while travelling back in time witnessed the hunt, he healed the injured Evolutionaries and made armours for them. He also assigned them the task of safeguarding mankind.
The Age of Men
2,000 centuries later in the continent later known as Africa, two human babies were born to a tribe of ape-men. Not understanding the significance of this event in the evolution tree, the ape-men debated whether to keep the babies alive as they appeared ‘alien’ to their own. The Evolutionaries interfered and exterminated the ape-men and the babies were kept safe, ensuring the preservation of the human bloodline. The babies were known as the First Men, and with the help of the Evolutionaries, the First Men managed to spawn a tribe of primitive humans and the tribe was known as the Wanderers.
The First Avengers
Approximately 1.2 millions years ago, a single Celestial named Zgreb the Aspirant came to Earth to seek out his fellow Celestial, Progenitor (Celestial Zero). He found Progenitor’s body and was also infected by the Horde virus, this time the Horde mutated and turned Zgreb into the very first Dark Celestial, Zgreb went berserk and started wreaking havoc on Earth. This event has forced Odin, an Asgardian God, to assemble a team with other powerful beings at the time. This team consisted of Odin Borson, Agamotto, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Lady Phoenix and Starbrand. They called themselves the Stone Age Avengers. Together they managed to defeat Zgreb and buried him deep underground where would become today’s South Africa.
The First Host
When the Celestials decided to experiment on a particular race, they would also begin 4 tests (known as Hosts). In each Host, a group of Celestials would visit the experiment subjects and judge whether the race was worthy of their existence. Approximately 1 million years ago, following the loss of two Celestials (Progenitor and Zgreb), a group of Celestials decided to visit Earth and they experimented on the primitive Wanderers, the First Host began. Seen as a threat for planet Earth, the Stone Age Avengers assembled again to fight against the First Host. Though it was unclear which side won the battle.
The Eternals, Deviants and Humans
The First Host lasted for weeks and two new races were created from the genetic experiments: the Eternals were advanced beings who could tap into cosmic power to use various abilities, and they were virtually immortal. An eternal named Kronos became the leader and they lived in seclusion, vowing to protect planet Earth; and the Deviants were unstable, monstrous beings who moved into mountains and caves as savages, and later formed an empire in the Kingdom of Lemuria. The experiments on the rest of the Wanderers also acted as a catalyst for the evolution of the human race into what we are today. Meanwhile, the Celestials used Earth as a womb to start creating a new Celestial, though it would take it millennia to be born. They also develop a latent superhuman gene and injected it into the human bodies to increase the possibility of superhumans being born, with the intent that these superhumans would act as guardians while this new Celestial was being formed. However, many years later, this plan was discovered by the Fantastic Four and they successfully ended it.
At the same time, Set, having survived the Demogorge, returned to Earth and created its own race, the Serpent-Men. The Serpent-Men went to the Celestials in hope of being transformed into higher beings, but they were rejected. Thereafter, the Serpent-Men became jealous of the human race and became a sworn enemy.
With the Kree-Skrull War still going on, the Kree followed the ways of the Progenitors (their creators) and searched throughout the universe to experiment on different species. They were trying to use genetic experiments to create super soldiers and fight for their war against the Skrulls.
About 300,000 years after the First Host, the Kree encountered a party of Eternals and discovered the sentient humans on Earth. Realising the genetic potential of the human race, they experimented on a group of humans using the Terrigen Crystals by exposing humans to the Terrigen Mists. This process was known as Terrigenesis. People that had gone through Terrigenesis would emerge with a new appearance and powers, however, not all who went through the process would be successful, some mutated into monstrous beings. The humans that went through Terrigenesis were called the Inhumans, and they settled in the island city of Attilan centuries later.
However, hundreds of thousands of years later, the Kree were ordered to cancel all experiment programs throughout the universe. The reason for the cancellation was that a super-computer in the Kree home world prophesied that a being known as the Midnight King would be created from the experiments, and he would be the end of the Kree. The Midnight King was later revealed to be Black Bolt, leader of the Inhumans. The Kree were then ordered to cleanse all new races created from the experiments, but they failed to download the complete data from the Kree scientists, and five races were spared in the slaughter, one of those races was the Inhumans of Earth.
The Master of the World
In around 50,000 BC, a man named Eshu was born. He grew up to become a great hunter, however, being extremely anti-social, he was rejected and cast out of his own tribe. At that time, an alien race known as the Plodex sent a bio-ship to Earth with the intent of collecting data for potential experiments. The ship sent out a mental summon that lured Eshu to it, Eshu started travelling towards the ship only to be captured by it. Following the capture was a long 30,000-year process of extracting all the genetic information from Eshu’s body. However, during the process, Eshu’s brain managed to control the ship to create a genetically perfect body for himself. After the process was done, he called himself the Master of the World.