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Early Years

The true origins of Ord Zyonz, like all Elders of the Universe, have been lost in time due to being one of the oldest living beings in the universe. What is known is that he was the last survivor of a race which evolved just after the Big Bang. Because the Elders are each the last surviving members of their respective species, they consider each other to be siblings; often referring to each other as brother or sister. The Elders all have extended lifespans gained through a single-minded obsession with various hobbies. In Ord Zyonz's case, that obsession was gardening and horticulture.[1]

The Gardener

Virtually immortal, the Gardener devoted his life to the creation of natural beauty by sowing the seeds of plants, flowers, and trees upon barren or devastated worlds. The number of worlds he has turned into fertile planet-wide gardens over the eons is countless. He amassed a knowledge of botany second to none and collected billions of different seeds in his travels. Using his advanced cultivation techniques, he could cover a barren Earth-sized planet with lush vegetation in the space of a year.[2] In recent millennia, the Gardener acquired one of the Infinity Gems, then believed a Soul-Gem, an alien artifact that enabled its possessor to manipulate the fabric of time and channel cosmic energy. The Gardener employed it to stimulate the growth of his seeds beyond their normal rate and to traverse space without a starship.[3]

Ord Zyonz (Earth-616) from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update Vol 1 4 001

Adam Warlock

One of the first known uses was when the Gardener used his Gem's power to combat the Stranger, another powerful extraterrestrial possessing an Infinity Gem. Believing that he "corrupted" the gem by its use as a weapon, the Gardener abandoned it.[3] Later, the Gardener replaced his Gem with the one once worn by the golden Earth-being Adam Warlock which had been buried with his body on Counter-Earth.[4] Warlock's frequent employment of the gem as a weapon did not matter to the Gardener as long as he himself had not used it in that way.

Hulk

When the Hulk traveled to bury Jarella on her home world of K'ai, but was was attacked by rocks, plants and monsters. He defeated them all and is faced by the Gardener.[5] The Gardener locked the Hulk with branches and changed his persona to Bruce Banner. The Gardener left ordering his beast to attack the K'aitians. Despite the Gardener's formidable power, Hulk defeated him and grabbed the gem from the Gardener's forehead. Hulk threw the gem into the planet's core, turning Jarella's world into a garden once more.[6]

Killing Galactus

Upon being contacted by the other Elders of the Universe, the Gardener agreed to partake in aggressive activity against the alien being Galactus and then the universe itself in order to recreate reality.[7] The plan was foiled by Galactus' former Herald, Silver Surfer, and his ally, Mantis and the Gardener was converted to energy and consumed by Galactus along with the other four Elders[8], yet they were later forced out of Galactus by Master Order and Lord Chaos who also gave them five of the Infinity Gems, one for each of the Elders.[9]

Thanos Quest

The Gem in possession of the Gardener was revealed to be the Time Gem, he held it for a time unaware of its true powers using it to cultivate his garden. This was until Thanos of Titan came to bargain for it. The Gardener refused to simply surrender his gem. He bound Thanos in vines, but he broke free and then accelerated the Time Gem using the Power Gem, amplifying the Gardeners plant growing powers causing vines and branches to grow from his body trapping in place and he simply took the stone.[10]

Deadpool Corps

Later, when the real Contemplator organized the Deadpool Corps to oppose a cosmic threat: the Awareness, the Gardener assisted the Champion in testing their mettle.[11] After being rescued by the Gardener, the Champion tracked down Deadpool at a bar and began to fight, but was eventually convinced to join the team under the name Championpool.[12] He was soon tricked into going to fight on another deserted planet, only to find that there was no warriors to fight and his rocket cycle is without fuel, leaving him stranded.[13]

Contest of Champions

The Gardener took part in a contest of champions between the Elders of the Universe to decide who would keep the Power Primordial that was now abundant after the rebirth of the multiverse, his champions lost and he was eliminated from the contest.[14]

Power Grid [17]
Intelligence
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability*
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 1
* Denied entrance to Death's realm

Powers

Like all Elders, the Gardener was connected to the energy of the universe due to his single-minded devotion to his hobby. In addition, as with the Grandmaster's pact with Death, all Elders are unaffected by aging, disease, or toxins,[2] and are virtually immortals.[15]

Abilities



Equipment

  • Time Gem – Time travel; stop, slow down or speed up flow of time; accelerate or slow down aging; see into past/future.

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