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Early History

Makkari is a member of the offshoot of humanity known as the Eternals. He was a member of the Technologist Guild. Makkari was more involved with humanity than other Eternals, having many adventures in the mortal world. Due to his activities during the ancient Greek and Roman empires and his speed, Makkari was often confused for the Olympian god Hermes, aka Mercury. During this time he studied under Plato.

World War II

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Makkari as the Hurricane

With the outbreak of World War II, Makkari once more became involved in the affairs of mortal men. During this period, the Deviant known as Warlord Kro posed as the Greek god of death Pluto and caused chaos across the Earth. At first, Makkari posed as Mercury, possibly due to his past association with the Greek god. As Mercury, he clashed with Kro who posed as the dictator of Prussialand and instigated war in Europe. Using his super speed, Mercury prevented weapons and plans from being distributed to the Prussialand front, leaving soldiers to remain idle long enough to stop fighting and begin talking to each other instead of fighting. Clashing with Pluto, Mercury sent him fleeing into the night.[9]

Makkari shortly abandoned his Mercury guise settling on being called Hurricane, and leaving mortals to believe that he was the son of the thunder god Thor while continuing to seek out "cousin Pluto", referring to Kro as a relative likely to protect the guarded secret behind the existence of the Eternals and Deviants. He operated in human society under the guise of Harry Kane.

Relocating to Coast City, Hurricane investigated a series of murders perpetuated by mobster Piggy Perroni, finding that he was employed by a "Paul Sayden", one of Kro's many disguises[5]. Shortly after, after the outbreak of a "Green Plague" in the Matto Grasso region of Brazil, Hurricane -- suspecting Kro's involvement -- accompanied scientists Ruth Holden and Ralph Rand to try and cure the disease. There, Hurricane learned the disease was provided to the Jivaro headhunters by Pluto. Hurricane rescued the scientists from the headhunters who then discovered a cure for the disease[15]. Tracking "Pluto" to Gratton Series, Hurricane foiled his plot of providing mobster Scarface Rispoli with "death boxes" that caused fatal subway crashes so they could steal the possessions of the dead. Defeating Kro in a one-on-one fight, Hurricane sent the Deviant into hiding once again. However, Makkari decided to continue operating as Hurricane for a time still[16].

As Hurricane he stopped the descendants of natives trained by pirate John Cruthers[6], foiled a counterfeiting plot by businessmen plotting to force a second stock market crash in order to puchase property cheaply[17], and exposed the Menace murder of boarding house members to try to find a lost family fortune[18]. In the summer of 1941, Hurricane lent his speed to help those effected by a massive tidal wave created by the Sub-Mariner that struck New York[19].

The biggest change to Makkari's life during this period came when he saved unassuming cigar store salesman Solidus Scriggles from a protection racket. Solidus (nicknamed "Speedy" by Makkari) joined Makkari as his sidekick[20]. During his time with Speedy, there was no evidence that he revealed his true nature to Speedy, likely leaving him to believe that Hurricane was the son of Thor.

Operating independently as Hurricane for the last time, Makkari exposed Midvale newspaper owner John Smithers as the mob leader[21]. With Speedy at his side, he exposed millionaire Lionel van Devanter for attempting to force Star Construction out of business so his own construction company could flourish[22]. In his last recorded adventure Makkari and Speedy protected heiress Florence Grey from mobsters sent to assassinate her by her uncle Lew Grey[23].

In 1943, Makkari was among a number of heroes who were slain by the Cosmic Cube wielding Red Skull and impaled on a massive wall[24]. However, the Cube was recovered by Private Paul Anslen who resurrected all the slain heroes who aided the combined efforts of the Invaders and the time displaced New Avengers and Mighty Avengers. When the Skull was defeated the heroes used the Cube to wipe out Makkari's memories of the event to preserve history[25].

Evidence indicates that Makkari abandoned his Hurricane identity shortly after this and cut ties from Speedy - presumably due to the fact that in their last adventure together Speedy was constantly getting injured.

Post World War II

Along with Pixie, Makkari became a member of the First Line.

Modern Era

When the Fourth Host of Celestials arrived on Earth, Sersi alerted Makkari to the Deviants' attack on New York City shortly before being captured herself. With Zuras' blessing, Makkari and Thena helped defend the city against the attackers[2]. He was amongst the group who revealed the races' existence to Professor Samuel Holden[26].

As the Fourth Host's verdict drew near, Makkari and the Eternals joined forces with the Mighty Thor in planning to oppose Arishem's judgment. They were opposed by the Forgotten One and the united Asgardian and Olympian Gods, due to an oath sworn back during the Third Host. Makkari battled his counterpart Mercury during the melee.[27]

When the Eternals of Earth chose to leave the planet and explore space, Makkari was one of a small band who remained behind.[28] He became chief administrator of Olympia in the absence of Domo.[29] Makkari joined Ikaris and his allies in trying to stop Warlord Kro from raiding the Pyramid of the Winds.[30] They were unsuccessfuly and the Priest-Lord Ghaur acquired the essence of the Dreaming Celestial, assuming the power of a Celestial himself. Makkari and the Eternals joined forces with the West Coast Avengers to stop Ghaur from freeing the true Dreaming Celestial.[31]

Makkari spent some time in deep meditation training to transfer more of his cosmic power into speed, making him the fastest Eternal alive. He became best friends with the Avenger Quasar after they rescued his master Elo from Deviant Lemuria.[32] Makkari was chosen among the fastest superhumans on Earth to participate in a race held by the Elder of the Universe known as the Runner. He came in a close second, after the last minute arrival of a strange visitor whose name was "Buried Alien", or something like that.[8]

After Operation: Galactic Storm, Makkari and Quasar left Earth for space to survey the damage done to galactic civilization.[33] While out in space, Makkari met the order of Mourners and came across a planet where the inhabitants were dedicated to ultimate speed. He remained behind to learn their secrets of speed to improve his abilities further.[34] He later re-qualified to with the Runner again on another alien world, and actually beat the Elder this time.[35]

Dreaming Celestial

Makkari along with the other Eternals rediscovered his powers and identity; however, Sprite caused him to be injured. While in this state the Dreaming Celestial contacted him.[36]

Powers

Makkari is a cosmic Eternal of Earth, descendant from the original Eternals genetically engineered from early man by the Celestials, and later empowered by Kronos and his cosmic life experiments.

Earth-Eternal Physiology: Like all Eternals, his lifeforce is augmented by cosmic energy and he has total mental control over his physical form and bodily processes even when he is asleep or unconscious. As a result, Makkari is unable to die by aging and is resistant to diseases and toxins to an unknown degree. His cosmically-reinforced body is virtually indestructible as well. Only a cosmic force more powerful than his own or total molecular disintegration can truly injure Makkari. An Eternal can only die through an injury that disperses a significant portion of his body molecules, or if he is injured after his mental control over his body is somehow broken.

  • Superhuman Strength: Makkari possesses superhuman strength able to lift at least 30 tons under normal conditions.
  • Superhuman Speed: Makkari has devoted the majority of his Eternal energies to the improvement of his personal speed. He can create cyclones by running in circles, and can run up walls and across water. At one point in his life, Makkari trained with the Eternal guru Elo to boost his speed to unprecedented levels. He was successful in becoming faster than ever before (his body apparently generated tachyons as a side effect of his extreme velocity) but at the cost of many of his other Eternal abilities, such as flight, matter manipulation, and energy projection.[32] After Sprite's treachery, Makkari has seemingly regained his other traditional Eternal powers, and is not limited to speed alone.[36]
  • Superhuman Stamina: Cosmic energy bolsters Makkari's metabolism so that he does not tire from any physical exertion.
  • Flight: Makkari can levitate himself by mentally manipulating gravitons (subatomic particles carrying the force of gravitational attraction between atoms) around himself. He can also levitate other persons and objects, even while simultaneously levitating himself.
  • Psionics: Makkari can mentally create illusions to disguise himself, and psionically manipulate atoms and molecules so as to transform an object's shape. His talents in these areas are relatively limited, however. Makkari mostly uses his psionic powers to mentally operate the vehicles he races, or channels his power through larger machines to assemble the vehicles as he designs them.
  • Cosmic Energy Manipulation: Makkari can project cosmic energy in the form of beams from his eyes or beams and flashes from his hands. This cosmic energy, stored in specialized enclaves of cells in his body, can be used as force, heat, light, and possibly other forms of electromagnetic energy.
  • Teleportation: Makkari can teleport himself psionically, but prefers not to do so, since, like other Eternals, he finds the self-teleportation process physically unpleasant. He can also teleport other people along with himself.

In the Golden Age (then known as Hurricane) he was able to make people and vehicles grow wings, but they vanish after a period of time.

Abilities

Makkari is a genius in creating, designing, and operating vehicles and other modes of transport.

Strength level

Makkari is able to lift roughly 30 tons without using levitation.

Weaknesses

As mentioned above, Makkari once gave up nearly all other superhuman powers in order to improve his super-speed. This no longer appears to be the case.


Equipment

Makkari sometimes wears a protective crash helmet, though he does not truly need it. He wears synthetic stretch fabric, specially treated to resist the rigors of high velocity movement.

Transportation

Flight under his own power, as well as access to the Eternals' arsenal of advanced ships.

  • The Eternal Makkari first appeared in Eternals #5. However, retcons from the Marvel Universe series established that Makkari previously appeared during the Golden Age of Marvel as two different speedsters, Mercury of Red Raven Comics and Hurricane of Captain America Comics.
  • The spelling "Makarri" was used throughout the original Eternals series. It became "Makkari" with Thor #287, and has become the standard spelling in the years since.
  • Makkari's exact age has be reportedly differently over the years.
    • Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #6 stated Makkari was only about 500 years old. This has been contradicted many times by stories published before and after that Handbook, particularly references to him being mistaken for Hermes/Mercury in topical ancient Greece or Rome.
    • In Quasar #19, Makkari told Quasar he was roughly 4,500 years old or "four and a half", since Eternals only celebrate birthdays once a millennium.
    • Both the half-amnesiac Ikaris and the scheming Sprite stated Makkari was more than 500,000 years old in Eternals Vol 3.

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Footnotes

  1. Thor #287
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eternals #5
  3. Marvel Universe #4
  4. 4.0 4.1 Marvel: The Lost Generation #2
  5. 5.0 5.1 Captain America Comics #1
  6. 6.0 6.1 Captain America Comics #4
  7. Eternals Vol 3 #4; Sprite corrected Ikaris's previous assertion from #1 that Makkari had been Osiris.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Quasar #17
  9. 9.0 9.1 Red Raven Comics #1
  10. Marvel: The Lost Generation #5
  11. Eternals Vol 3 #1
  12. 12.0 12.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #7
  13. Thor #291
  14. Official Handbook of the Marvel_Universe #6
  15. Captain America Comics #2
  16. Captain America Comics #3
  17. Captain America Comics #5
  18. Captain America Comics #6
  19. Marvels Project #6
  20. Captain America Comics #7
  21. Captain America Comics #9
  22. Captain America Comics #10
  23. Captain America Comics #11
  24. Avengers / Invaders #10
  25. Avengers / Invaders #12
  26. Eternals #6
  27. Thor #287-292
  28. Avengers #248
  29. Eternals Vol 2 #1
  30. Eternals Vol 2 #6-8
  31. Eternals Vol 2 #12
  32. 32.0 32.1 Quasar #11-12
  33. Quasar #35
  34. Quasar #41-43
  35. Quasar #58
  36. 36.0 36.1 Eternals Vol 3 #1-7
  37. OHOTMU Golden Age 2004
  38. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #7



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