In theaters, Eternals will introduce a new set of Marvel superheroes, specifically powerful and immortal beings created by the Celestials and living secretly on Earth for the past 7,000 years. According to filmmaker Chloé Zhao, who has claimed that the picture will be a unique experience, the arrival of these characters will be essential for the events following Avengers: Ultimatum (2019) and promises a big impact on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I think we’re alone as a film, for sure,” director Chloé Zhao said in an interview with the forthcoming issue of Total Film magazine, “but its impact will still be felt in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” “What occurs in this movie, I believe, will have a significant impact on the future of the MCU. As a fan, this is quite rewarding! “Zhao revealed.
None of the Eternal cast members elaborated on what Chloé Zhao meant, but Richard Madden, who will portray Ikaris, joked, “Marvel’s snipers will kill me if I say anything,” demonstrating that the picture will be packed with essential content in cinemas.
The Eternals are a race genetically transformed by the space gods known as Celestials and descend from the earliest beings to have inhabited the Earth. They are the consequence of their own creators’ failed experiments, which also produced the Deviants, their major antagonists. They are endowed with traits such as immortality and cosmic energy manipulation.
What impact will the Eternals have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Eternals might spawn a large number of characters, places, and events for future Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the most important of which is the introduction and origin of Gene X of the X-Men. Even if the X-Men aren’t presented in the MCU anytime soon, discussing how the Celestials genetically altered primitive man, as they do in the Marvel books, would be a method to ease the entry of the X-Men into the MCU.
Ajax (Salma Hayek) reveals the Eternals’ relation to the Avengers events in the movie trailer: Last but not least, “Thanos wiped away half of the universe’s population five years ago, but the people of this planet brought them all back with the snap of their fingers. The population’s rapid return gave the necessary energy to kickstart the waking “, meaning that these events have paved the way for the Deviants to return as Eternos’ principal villains, led by the great Kro.
With the Eternals and Deviants hiding from mankind, mutants may follow suit—either because they were taught or because they naturally arrived at the same conclusion about how to engage with humanity. According to some speculations, the waking of the Eternals and their fight with the Deviants in the film could be the spark for the awakening of Gene X’s power in all people around the world. The X-Men would therefore have to deal with mutant species attempting to defend and protect themselves in a world unfriendly to individuals with newfound abilities.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is also spreading into Earth’s past, possibly referencing the Celestials’ sinking of Atlantis. Something that would be significant to the plot of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in which Namor the Undersea Prince is expected to appear as the sequel’s villain in a conflict between Wakanda and Atlantis. The Celestials will also be the first cosmic beings fully integrated into the MCU, a presence that should have a significant impact on the cosmos.
Eternal will be released in theaters in November.