Marvel’s comic books may indicate what the MCU could do with the Eternals in Phase 4 and Phase 5 after the characters make their debuts in 2021.
The comic books may indicate what Marvel may do with the Eternals after the characters make their MCU debuts. After multiple changes in Disney’s release schedule, Marvel’s Eternals movie – which was originally set for a November 2020 release – will finally hit theaters one year later in November 2021. The film, which was supposed to be the second movie on their Phase 4 slate, will now follow behind Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Directed by Chloe Zhao, Eternals will bring to the MCU a large gathering of Marvel Comics superheroes created in the 1970s by legendary comic book writer and artist Jack Kirby. The movie will center on an immortal race of ancient, superpowered aliens who have secretly shared the Earth with humanity for thousands of years. The 2021 film will send them on a collision course with the Deviants, who have been described as “mankind’s most ancient enemy”. In the comics, the Eternals and the Deviants are the creations of cosmic, god-like beings known as the Celestials. The Eternals are seemingly perfect superhumans with a huge assortment of cosmic abilities, whereas the Deviants are grotesque, evil beasts whose looks have forced them to live in isolation away from civilization.
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A number of new characters will be added to the MCU in Phase 4, thanks in large part to the size of Eternals’ cast. Among the new heroes appearing on the big screen in the upcoming Marvel movie include the protagonist of the Eternals comics, Ikaris (Richard Madden), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ajak (Salma Hayek), and Sersi (Gemma Chan). Many of these characters could have bright futures in the MCU, outside of potential Eternals sequels. Here’s what Marvel may do with the Eternals after the movie in both Phase 4 and Phase 5.
How Eternals’ Ending May Set Up Their MCU Future
When Marvel introduced the Eternals in 1976, it was explained that these ancient immortals had managed to keep their existence a secret from humanity all this time. Apparently, there was a rule established by the Celestials that the Eternals weren’t allowed to interfere in human affairs until after their next visit to Earth, which happens every thousand years. This way, the Celestials can observe the course of human history without the Eternals using their powers to alter the fate of mankind. Since getting involved was forbidden, it made sense that no encounters between them, the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four had happened up until this point.
After the Celestials returned, the Eternals revealed their existence to the world. Once their story arc in Marvel Comics concluded, the characters were free to do as they pleased (for the most part). While many of the Eternals stayed together at their base on Olympia, others branched out and shared adventures in other characters’ titles. For example, the speedster Makkari became a major ally to Wendall Vaughn in Marvel’s Quasar comic, Gilgamesh became a supporting character in Hercules, and Sersi received occasional visits from Captain America, who found her powers to be quite useful.
The Eternals movie could put its heroes in a similar situation depending on how it ends. Thus far, they’ve remained out of the spotlight. Even with so much at stake, they didn’t step up to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame. That’s likely due to the same reason that kept them out of the action in the early comics. However, whatever transpires between the Celestials and the Eternals in the film could leave them in a position where they’ll be able to come out of hiding and stop following their old rules.
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How Marvel Can Use the Eternals In Other Marvel Movies
If Marvel moves in this direction, it’ll create numerous opportunities for them in the future. With Marvel bringing in at least ten of these superpowered immortals in just one movie, future MCU installments will have plenty to pick from if they want to use one as a guest character. Similar to how Thor: Ragnarok used Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Marvel could insert members of the group into any Phase 4 movie or Disney+ show set after Eternals.
For instance, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) could have a run-in with Gilgamesh (Don Lee) in Thor: Love and Thunder. As a powerful warrior whose strength is on par with Thor’s, the two could have some interesting interactions in the MCU, and perhaps even have some history together. In fact, the two had a rather intense battle in the 1970s that resulted in Thor developing a tremendous amount of respect for his fellow immortal. Alternatively, the Sorcerer Supreme and Scarlet Witch’s adventure in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness could incorporate Sersi. The character the MCU’s Sersi is expected to be romantically linked with, Kit Harrington’s Black Knight, feels like a good fit for Doctor Strange 2 because of his mystical sword, and it could be that if he meets Strange in the movie, he’ll bring Sersi along with him.
More Eternals Can Be Introduced For Marvel’s Cosmic Movies
In the comics, it was revealed that the Celestials created Eternals all over the galaxy. If the same is true for the MCU, the movie could set the stage for future Marvel movies to introduce Eternals from different places in the universe. Thor, Captain Marvel, and the Guardians of the Galaxy could meet new Eternals in their respective movies, which are sure to be set at least partially in space. Also, cosmic superheroes like Thanos’ brother, Starfox, could be key to Phase 5. In Marvel Comics, Starfox is a classic Avenger and a member of the Titanian Eternals. As the MCU moves forward, Marvel can keep expanding the world of the Eternals.
Some Eternals Could Join The Avengers
Some of them may decide to become full-fledged superheroes. If that’s the case, these characters could be possible roster additions in Avengers 5. Since Marvel will likely want a good mix of characters for its team-up of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it’s hard to imagine more than two Eternals being put on the team. As for who these new Avengers could be, their personalities and their histories in the comics can provide a few good clues. The comic book counterparts of two Eternals in the movie – Sersi and Gilgamesh – are counted amongst the ranks of the Avengers, and both feel like good candidates for membership in Avengers 5 as well.
That’s because the two characters have worldviews that differ from the other members of their species. Sersi has always enjoyed mingling with humans and having fun and could experience all sorts of adventuring if she were to join the Avengers. As for Gilgamesh, he’s always had difficulty following the Eternals’ rules and was punished for centuries for helping out the humans. For that reason, he’s always been treated as a loner and an outsider who’s shunned by his own people. But if those rules are gone, Gilgamesh can leave the Eternals and openly stand up for humanity as an Avenger.
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Key Release Dates
- Black Widow (2021)Release date: May 07, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Feb 11, 2022
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
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