Comedian e-book characters love two issues: having one rule, and breaking it dramatically. Storm by no means makes use of her powers to hurt somebody, until she does. Batman by no means makes use of a gun, till a superb plot twist is required. And the Watchers? Ask any of them. They’re sworn solely to look at, and by no means to intervene. Apart from of their debut look … additionally, most of their different appearances, after that.
One other Kirby and Lee creation, the Watchers are a species of historic and enigmatic aliens. Superior? Completely, sufficient in order that they might give most civilizations a launchpad that might set their technological acumen forward by centuries. Sadly, they tried that some time again and by chance gave a world the devices they wanted to destroy themselves in a nuclear battle. Hindsight being 20-20, they elected to observe the universe and take notes, however to by no means once more intervene with the course of occasions. Except, you recognize, they actually, actually need to.
The primary look of a Watcher got here in 1963’s “Unbelievable 4” #13, when a member of the species named Uatu broke his non-interference oath to make Ben Grimm and the Pink Ghost battle over whether or not capitalism or communism was higher. Since then, the levels to which the Watchers, and particularly Uatu, have taken their vows severely have ebbed and flowed. Generally they stand within the nook of the room and watch mournfully as historical past unfolds in tragic methods. Generally, like within the conclusion of 2013’s “FF,” they’ve a barbecue with Ant-Man.