Cover of Fantastic Four vol. 1, 48 (Mar, 1966). Featuring Uatu the Watcher (left) warning the Fantastic Four of the coming of Galactus. Art by Jack Kirby, pencils, and Joe Sinnott, inks.
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The Watcher is many times the superior of any mere man. All he does is travel his lonely route, stopping from time to time to look around as history unfolds. It is as if his only mission is to watch. His home planet is at the furthest end of the known universe, a planet containing the greatest scientific wonders of all time. If one was to seize some of these scientific treasures, he would have such power as no human has ever dreamed of possessing.

One of the first races in the universe, The Watchers developed technology and evolved billions of years before nearly all species. With the best of intentions the Watchers used this knowledge to interfere with the evolutionary and technological advancements of a primitive species. The residents of Prosilicus, not ready for these advancements annihilated one another with this new technology.

The Watchers horrified by these actions, swore to only observe and never to interfere with the happenings of the universes

Later, A Watcher observed a not yet formed Galactus in a cocoon. Honoring their oath of non-interference the Watcher watched as Galactus came to be the Devourer of Worlds.


The Watcher assigned to observe Earth and its solar system is named Uatu. Uatu has broken his oath on numerous occasions.

The first time that the watcher came to Earth was when a future Captain America was sent back in time to 1602 A.D., he then got help from a Elizabethan-era version of Doctor Strange who helped create a time portal fixing the reality of Earth.

In a more modern time Uatu was first seen by the Fantastic Four when they went to the Moons' Blue area. Here they met the Watcher who was going to wipe their memories when Red Ghost had entered the Blue area of the moon with his team of super apes. They attacked the Thing and Uatu stopped the fight stating that the Fantastic Four would fight Red Ghost and his group of super apes. Uatu admired how the Fantastic Four fought and decided not to wipe their memories of their meeting.

He later warned them about the coming of Molecule Man who was given the ability to control matter after a lab accident. After his defeat the Watcher sent him to another dimension where time moved much faster there than in his normal universe, it also lowered his powers so he couldn't use is powers to escape.

During Reed and Sue's wedding he stopped a horde of super villains by bringing them to the blue area of the moon and then erasing their memories. He said that Reed and Sue could have their honeymoon on the Blue area of the Moon, he also told them that they would be the only people in the galaxy who he would not be watching that night.

When Galactus first came to Earth he tried to hide it from him, but when that failed he helped the Human Torch find the Ultimate Nullifier to defeat him, breaking his oath of non-interference.

Uatu disgraced himself by physically opposing Captain Marvel after taking sides with the lunatic legion, a team of Mar-Vell hating Krees. For this Uatu was put on trial by his own people for interfering in earth affairs. He was set free because he promised that he wouldn't interfere again.

Uatu has also collaborated with the mutant team, X-Men, and he seems to have a history with Apocalypse, as they are seen discussing about the conflict between the heroes and Onslaught.

With the coming of Abraxas, the Fantastic Four visited Uatu on the Moon only to find that his equipment was off and Uatu himself was suffering from memory loss. Eventually, Uatu slipped into a coma. The heroes of Earth soon learned that Abraxas was after the Watcher because he was the only being to know the secret location of the Ultimate Nullifier. The Silver Surfer used his powers to transport Uatu far from Abraxas' reach, but at the cost of his own life. After Abraxas' defeat, the universe was restored to it's normal state, as was the Watcher.

His recent appearances with the heroes was when he witnessed the wedding of Black Panther and Storm. It had been said that if the Watcher is witnessing an event, it means that this event is a very important moment. He also told the newlyweds that their children have a very important destiny ahead of them.

During the Civil War, he came to Doctor Strange and asked about the coming conflict and why he hadn't use his powers to stop the war. Strange answered that he doesn't take sides and that both sides of the war are both right and wrong in some ways, and he stated that he will pray for the least amount of blood being shed after the war. Uatu reflects on this.

Uatu broke his deal of non-interference yet again when Eternity was dying. He assisted the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange in performing surgery on Eternity by transporting them the hero Gravity from Earth. He knew that Gravity could manipulate a fundamental force capable of saving Eternity, and with him all of reality.

He briefly appears in Issue 4# of Hulk, where he comes to Earth to stop Red Hulk but is swiftly knocked out with one punch by the Red Hulk and does not appear again.

Powers and Abilities

The Watcher has an eternity to stand and watch, there is almost nothing he does not see, almost nothing he does not know. For he is the Watcher.

He is forbidden to interfere with the acts of others. Though he has the power to shatter planets, to make galaxies tremble, he may only stand, and watch. However, the Watcher may act only if it is to preserve his own safety.

The Watcher is not all-powerful. The seeming miracles he accomplishes are done through mastery of science which no human brain can remotely comprehend.

The Watchers are cosmic beings, who possess the innate ability to achieve virtually any effect desired, including augmenting personal attributes, time and space manipulation, molecular manipulation, energy projection and a range of mental powers. They also have access to incredibly advanced technology.

Alternate Versions

Earth X (Earth-9997)

In this reality, the Watcher are the slaves of the Celestials because they did not intervene in the birth of Galactus. As punishment for this, they are force to watch the destruction of planets by the Celestial egg hatching inside of it. Uatu has become a non caring character that feels superior from the Earthlings he watches.

In other media

Television Uatu made two appearances in the 1967 Fantastic Four animated series, voiced by Paul Frees. Uatu the Watcher appeared in the "Incredible Hulk" segment of the animated series The Marvel Super Heroes. Uatu made a cameo appearance in the X-Men animated series. Uatu made an appearance in the 1994 Fantastic Four animated series, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer. Uatu made appearances on the Silver Surfer animated series, voiced by Colin Fox. Uatu appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Tremble at the Might of...MODOK", voiced by Dave Boat. He makes an appearance at the Big Really Amazing Immense Noggin Convention telling MODOK what happens in Big Head Super Team-Up #141, until MODOK interrupts him stating that he will obtain the Infinity Fractal and use it to overthrow Doctor Doom and defeat the Super Hero Squad. Uatu just states, "Well, this I have got to see." Around the end of the episode, Uatu looks into the window as Doctor Doom uses MODOK as a test subject in his Weapons Testing Chamber. He is later seen in "This Al Dente Earth" sitting in a recliner, eating popcorn, and taking pictures with his cell phone of the battle between the heroes and Galactus. Video games Uatu shows up in the What If...? mode of the PlayStation Spider-Man video game, voiced by Laurence Fishburne. Uatu is one of 140 characters in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance video game, voiced by Phil LaMarr. He has special dialogue with each member of the Fantastic Four. s

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| History

= The Watchers were known to be oldest species in the universe, and committed to observing and compiling knowledge on all aspects of the universe without any interference. This policy of non-interference was due to a well-meaning attempt by the Watchers to bestow knowledge on another race which resulted in that race destroying itselfTemplate:R. Despite this, the Watcher Uatu revealed himself to the superhero team the Fantastic Four, and aided them on several occasions against global threats such as the Molecule Man, Galactus and the Overmind. After blatant interference with the mission of the Kree soldier Mar-vell, Uatu was put on trial by his own race, but was released on the provision that he would never directly interfere again.

Uatu was later banished by his race for aiding the Fantastic Four against the threat of his rogue nephew, Aron, the Renegade Watcher, who tried to destroy the universe. The Dreaming Celestial later scanned Uatu and learned the Watcher had broken his pact of non-interference almost 400 times. The Celestial also revealed that the Watchers, like the Celestials themselves, were servants of a concept called Fulcrum, with apparent consequences for interference.

Alternate Universe Watchers Edit

Ultimate Watchers (Earth-1610)Edit

In the Earth-1610 universe, the Watchers were stone totem-like, alien supercomputers with a large red eye that "watched" everything happening in the universe. The Watchers had (not too discretely) witnessed significant events on Earth ranging from Steven Rogers' injection with the super-soldier serum and Magneto's establishment in the Savage Land. By the modern day, the Watchers foresaw a great devastation that would happen on Earth and had chosen Rick Jones as their herald to face this coming crisis. Publication information Publisher Marvel Comics Template:Marvel Database:Character TemplateTemplate:The Fantastic Four 

First appearance Fantastic Four #13 (April 1963) Tales Of Suspense #53

Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #53-origin story.retold in Silver Surfer No#1, Reprinted in Son of Origin of Marvel Comics.!974. Published Date: May 64 Title: "The Black Widow Strikes Again!" Credits: Stan Lee - Plot Don Rico - Script Don Heck - Penciler Don Heck - Inker

Created by Stan Lee Jack Kirby

Characteristics Place of origin Blue Area of the Moon (Uatu only) Notable members Uatu Aron

Inherent abilities Superhuman strength, intellect, stamina, durability and longevity Energy and molecular manipulation Psionic powers Teleportation

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The Watchers are a fictional race of extraterrestrials that appear in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the first Watcher - named Uatu - appears in Fantastic Four #13 (April 1963). Contents


• 1 Fictional history

• 2 Powers and abilities

• 3 Known Watchers

• 4 Other versions

o 4.1 What If

o 4.2 Wha... Huh?

o 4.3 Earth X o 4.4 Ultimate Watchers

• 5 In other media

o 5.1 Television

o 5.2 Video games

o 5.3 Web Series

• 6 References

• 7 External links

Fictional history

The Watchers are one of the oldest species in the universe, and are committed to observing and compiling knowledge on all aspects of the universe.He comes from an advanced race that was so technologically advanced they were nearly gods. Marvel Comics Chronology Obsessively putting our comics in chronological order since 1985.

Ataru320: Team America #10 Gary Himes: Defenders #116 Paul: Uncanny X-Men #136-137 Luis Dantas: Fantastic Four #168-170 Michael: Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4 Jay Demetrick: Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4 View All Comments 1964-05-01 00:05:10 Previous: Avengers #5-6 Up: Main 1964/Box 2/Silver Age Next: Uncanny X-Men #5 Tales Of Suspense #53

The third story is the origin of the Watcher.Stan Lee’s own words about the Watcher series from Son of Origins of Marvel Comics: “One other point about the Watcher story itself that I possibly should mention is that you’ll probably notice it has a moral point to make. In fact, although it was written quite a few years ago, it points up a philosophical problem which seems to be facing our own nation today, namely, the problem of whether or not those who have great strength should intervene in the affairs of those who are weaker, no matter what their motives may be. 

He comes from an advanced race that was so technologically advanced they were nearly gods.They appear all bald,except one guy with a gutee.Strange, group-showering gods.powers.The Watchers,whose race name is never given debait over help lower races out,y upgrading their knowledge

They provided another planet with the secret of atomic energy, thinking that the race would use it to better themselves, but instead they used it for war. Therefore the Watcher's people vowed to never again interfere with other races, instead choosing only to observe. Uatu was one of the members of the governing council when all of this occurred. It's his father, Ikor, that proposes to help the other races. One of the Watchers, Emnu, is against the decision to help other races, but only for ethnocentric reasons; he doesn't think they should share their bounty with the rest of the universe. He will actually appear again (he's not listed as a character appearing because this story is mostly a flashback told by Uatu).

Stan Lee plotted and Larry Lieber scripted and drew this story. The Iron Man story deserved a solid D but the Watcher story is ok for what it is - typical fantasy back-up stuf

This policy of total non-interference came into existence due to a former, well-meant attempt by the Watchers to bestow advanced knowledge on the Prosilicans who used the nuclear technology gained to create weapons and destroy itself. When the Watchers returned to Prosilicus, the survivors blamed them for the catastrophe by giving the Prosilicans nuclear technology before they were ready for it. The Watchers,by the gods of space, then took a vow never to interfere with other civilizations.[1]

Despite this, the Watcher Uatu has revealed himself to the superhero team the Fantastic Four, telling them of his race, and in his first appearance made them battle the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes for control of the Moon. He complimented Reed Richards, and claimed he would go to a more distant part of the Galaxy to observe humanity.[2] He aids them on several occasions against global threats such as theMolecule Man,[3] Galactus,[4] and the Overmind.[5]

The Leader discovered his existence and tracked him to his world. He transported the Hulk there to get the Ultimate Machine, which contained all the information in the Universe. The Hulk battled the Amphibious Qnax, who had also been sent to recover the machine. The Watcher transported them away from his machines, and when the Hulk won he transported Qnax back to his homeworld and took the Hulk back to his base, where the Hulk took the Machine, despite the Watcher's warnings. The Leader transported him back to Earth and tried to use the device. However, this huge amount of knowledge proved too much for the Leader. He collapsed to the ground, unmoving, and the Hulk assumed that he died of shock.[6] When the Hulk tried to use the machine himself, Uatu allowed him to hear the voice of Rick Jones, after which the Hulk removed the device. The Watcher then transported the Ultimate Machine back to his planet.[7] After blatant interference with the mission of the Kree soldier Mar-Vell, Uatu is put on trial by his own race, but is released on the provision that he never directly interfere again.[8]

There are several possible reasons to change the story and omit so many (13, from the three issues) already-penciled pages and so drastically rearrange the ones that were left. First of all, because Kirby wasn’t known for following titles he wasn’t assigned to, it’s unlikely he aware that a origin story for The Watcher had already appeared. Also, it was around this time that the short-lived edit came from on high (probably from publisher Martin Goodman rather than editor Stan Lee) that continued stories were no longer permitted, which may have led the Galactus origin sequence to have been truncated.

Uatu is later banished by his race for aiding the Fantastic Four against the threat of his rogue nephew, Aron, the Renegade Watcher, who tries to destroy the universe.[9] The Dreaming Celestial later scans Uatu and learns the Watcher has broken his pact of non-interference almost 400 times.[10] The Celestial also reveals the Watchers, like the Celestials themselves, are servants of a concept called Fulcrum, with apparent consequences for interference.[10] There is also a tongue in cheek splintered off faction of Watchers that call themselves The Critics, who not only observe events, but also give dramatic critique as they take place. The only known Critic looks similar to other Watchers, but wears a mustache, goatee, dark sunglasses, and, rather than toga, dresses in a tweed sport coat.[11] The one time the other Watchers had to interfere was when the world-ending robot Omegex was approaching the Milky Way and were able to repel Omegex. Powers and abilities[edit source | editbeta] The Watchers are cosmic beings, who possess the innate ability to achieve virtually any effect desired, including augmenting personal attributes, time and space manipulation, molecular manipulation, energy projection, and a range of mental powers. They also have access to highly advanced technology.

The Watcher’s early solo back-up features which ran in Tales of Suspense and Silver Surfer, but there was some confusion as to whether those stories were originals or reprints, so I decided to inventory them myself and present my findings here for everyone’s information and edification. The stories which appeared in Tales of Suspense were entirely original, however those which appeared in Silver Surfer were adapted from earlier sci-fi/fantasy stories, albeit redone as "Watcher Tales" with entirely new artwork.

Tales of Suspense series:

  1. ==49. “The Saga of the Sneepers” (reprinted in Marvel Collectors’ Item Classics #3)==
  2. ==50. “Journey’s End” (reprinted in MCIC #5)==
  3. ==51. “The Primitive” (reprinted in MCIC #19)==
  4. Tales Of The Watcher” series.  This one, as told from the watcher, is of a human space explorer, seeking out intelligent life, and from planet to planet he finds nothing but lower life forms, be them animals or just primitives, and concludes that these lower forms have nothing to teach him. But is that true? you will just have to read this classic issue of Tales Of Suspense to find out. 
  5. 52. “The Failure” (reprinted in MCIC #13)
  6. ==53. “The Way It Began” (reprinted in MCIC #9)==
  7. It is surprising to me, that the watchers races origin, on how they became the watcher’s  would be put here, in his “Tales of the Watcher” section. Up until now they been mostly stories much like the other non superhero tales that used to feature these magazines, but in this issue, we get a look into the origin of a character and race that would be come a cornerstone in the marvel universe.

In the short space of five pages we would come to know the watcher, like we never have before, and just why he can’t interfere.  To their credit and my surprise it was a compelling story at that.[1]

So if you wan’t to know the watcher origin, you will have to read it for yourself, and i strongly suggest you do.   but I for one would love to here what you think, about this story or the watcher?  and do you feel that in a way “we” the readers are the inbodyment of what the watcher should stand for?

  1. 54. “Hands Off!” (reprinted in MCIC #10)
  2. ==55. “The Sun-Stealer” (reprinted in MCIC #20)==
  3. after our recent stories showing us some of the history of the watcher, we get a tale that shows the watcher in a more modern light, as he is visited on the moon by an alien space craft.  the craft that is set on a go alto steal our earths sun.  but the watcher is forbidden from interfering, only able to watch.  But in this tale, we learn that this may even have its own shades of gray.  

in this tale, we witness the watcher being a hero, without directly interfering; it is a creative tale, thought up by Stan lee and larry Lieber, and one that I like very much;  I feel it is at the heart of the watchers very core of functioning, how he can impact the marvel universe; by creatively doing nothing.

  1. ==56. “The Watcher’s Sacrifice” (reprinted in MCIC #21)==
  2. In this issue, we learn of one thing that the watcher sacrifice’s for his oath and duty, how non interference can extend to love itself.  it is a sad tale, of how he must forsake love; and live with that, but not without its flaws.  In this issue, we see the watcher, “show himself” to the aliens on the distant world.  the purpose, to intervene without doing anything.  this task works, he saves the life of a Queen, and had to not even lift a finger. However, I pose, is this not ‘interfering?’ is there not a flaw in the way the watcher lives out his oath, of watching, more so given he can watch without being seen?    Any of you who have read the Tales of the Watcher feature from  Takes Of Suspense #56, 
  3. ==57. “The Watcher’s Power” (reprinted in MCIC #23)==
  4. ==58. “”The Watcher Must Die” (reprinted in MCIC #24)==

Known Watchers

• Acba • Aron - A renegade Watcher.

• Atul

• Ecce - The Watcher who first came upon the newborn Galactus. But despite realizing the danger of his existence, he chose not to eliminate him in his helpless state thereby contributing to his evolution into the Devourer of Worlds.

• Edda

• Egma

• Eihu

• Emnu

• Engo

• Ikor

• Ing

• Ocam

• Otmu

• Ualu

• Uatu - The Watcher who was originally assigned to Earth and who was the first to break with his people's principles of non-interference by allying himself with the Fantastic Four against Galactus.[12]

• This is the Watcher,often featured in a Marvel Comic.

• Uilig

• Uravo - A young female Watcher who was sent to find Uatu when she had abandoned her post on Earth.[13]

• Ute

• Watcher of the Calishee - A Watcher who observed the planet Calishee.[14]

• Xecu Other versions

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  • Antiphon, one of the Proemial Gods (the first lifeforms to appear in the current universe), bears strong a resemblance to the Watchers. His connection (if any) has yet to be explained, though he was tasked with "with monitoring cosmic consonance", and was completely neutral in the battle between his brethren and Galactus, which his task and characteristic trait are quite similar to the Watchers.

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