Heroes have to face great threats and overcome them. The bigger the threat the bigger the triumph. Unfortunate dealing with the cosmic entities without dumbing them down can be hard to do. During the nineties where omnipotence came out every year the cosmics got lowered. Starlin humanzied them too much and Eternity came across as a spoiled child instead of the embodiment of all life. This recently befalled the Source in the New Gods.
The Celestials fortunatly have avoided this by appearing only about once a decade. Part of the problem is they and the Eternals were never meant to be part of the regular MU. Some attempts have been made to integrate them with mix sucess. The best being the Thor storyline. The thing is the Celestials still have enough mystery writers try and make it their own which can be done well or poorly. Gaiman did it well. So far this Eternals series is going the other way I think.
I think this story is trying to make them too human and if I understand it correctly in a way that too me at least does not make sense. The Dreaming Celestials was always portrayed as somewhat villainous. Now it seems to just got its instructions wrong. How is that a grave crime against life? Was that just propaganda from the other Celestials to prevent anyone from trying to free it? So far it the Celestials have not been handed any humiliating defeats except one instance in the FF, but even that seems to have been planned by them.
As for Onslaught, IIRC Franklin Richards was supposed to be the goal of the Celestial experiments. A being on their level or near it supposedly. The Dreamer tried to use him to get free, but this was stopped due to the intervention of the other Celestials who had come to collect him due to him creating the pocket heroes reborn universe. Pretty much another reason for why the Celestials exist.
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