The Watcher began life as an individual on Earth's counterpart in the N-Zone. The Watcher gathered the Infinity Gems and attempted to stop the death of his universe, but it was already too late. Use of the gauntlet transformed the Watcher into an entity capable of existing on all layers of reality simultaneously, capable only of observing.

The Watcher came to Earth-1610 and observed important events in Earth history such as Steven Rogers being administered the Super-Soldier serum in the 1940s. It was detained in Project Pegasus for more than 60 years, though it was apparently still able to see the world through the other Watchers. In modern times, Uatu was "activated", which alerted the facility's overseer Wendell Vaughn to call S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Carol Danvers, who in turn called the Fantastic Four. Uatu communicated through the Invisible Woman to everyone present about the Watchers, the age of heroes, and an impending cataclysm that would befall on Earth. Uatu finally announced that his brethren had chosen a herald to forestall the cataclysm, then disappeared. This herald was revealed to be Rick Jones.

The Watcher continued to aid Rick Jones in his duty to protect the universe, and made him witness the coming of Galactus.

According to Ultimate Comics Ultimates #27 the Watcher and possibly the Watchers as a race were created as a side-effect of the use of the Infinity Gems.

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