Marvel Eternals: A new phase to Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
The Marvels Eternals are described as a species of the evolutionary process that created the natural life on Earth. Created by the Celestials, they were made to be the defenders of Earth which eventually lead to the war against their destructive counterparts, the Deviants, who were also made by the same celestials. The Eternals were first created by Jack Kirby who made their first appearance in The Marvels Eternals (July 1976) published by Marvel Comics.
Based on the ongoing hype the marvel Eternals is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which the Eternals, who have hidden for thousands of years, must re-unite to protect Earth from their enemies, the Deviants.
Marvel Eternals: Cast
Angelina Jolie as Thena: An Eternal who is a fierce warrior
Richard Madden as Ikaris: An Eternal who is all-powerful.
Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo: An Eternal who is a cosmic-powered King
Lauren Ridloff as Makkari: An Eternal who is lightfast.
Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos: An Eternal who is an intelligent inventor.
Salma Hayek as Ajak: The wise leader of the Eternals
Lia McHugh as Sprite: An Eternal who is eternally young and immortal
Kit Harington as Dane Whitman: A human warrior who wields an all-powerful sword and helps the Eternals fight the deviants.
Gemma Chan as Sersi: A human race loving Eternal
What is Marvel Eternals?
When the Celestials visited Earth a million years ago and performed genetic experiments on early humanity, they created two divergent races: The all immortal Eternals and the genetically unstable and monster-sized Deviants. For information, celestials are the first beings to appear in the Marvel universe.
Among them, nemesis was an all-powerful celestial who first created the infinity stones. Being a celestial she was so powerful that she destroyed her body to create 7 infinity stones out of which only 6 stones were required to complete Thanos’s hunt. Meanwhile the seventh stone the ego stone is all par with the 6 infinity stones and the only key to bring nemesis back to life. She too played a huge role in bringing the marvels Eternals to light.
Back to the story, these experiments led to the evolution of almighty mutations in humans. Despite looking human, the Eternals are much long-lived but not fully immortal. Eternals have a low birth rate bat they can interbreed with humans. The results are always normal humans. In fact, the Eternals have always protected the human race, especially from the Deviants, with whom they’ve always had an enmity. We can consider Eternals and deviants as two sides of the same coin made by a single cell.
Long ago, a civil war broke out amongst the Eternals themselves over whether to conquer the other races potentially dangerous in the future, with one faction led by Kronos and the other side by his warlike brother, Uranos. Kronos’s side prevailed whereas Uranos and his defeated faction left Earth and journeyed to Uranus where they built a colony.
Some of Uranos’s group soon tried to return to Earth to relight the war but meanwhile, they were attacked by a passing Kree ship and forced to land on Saturn’s moon Titan. There they built another colony. This was the starting of another eternal race in another world line where Thanos was born.
Meanwhile at earth Kronos’s experiments in cosmic energy caused a catastrophic release of energy throughout the Eternals’ city, Titanos which in fact destroyed it, activating primitive superhuman genes among the Eternals which left Kronos in an unlikely state.
The Eternals now found they could channel huge quantities of cosmic energy among themselves, granting them immeasurable godlike power. The accident left Kronos in an immaterial state, so a new ruler for guidance had to be chosen. For the first time, such a situation happened to which the Eternals merged into a single being, the Uni-Mind, to decide which of Kronos’s sons, Zuras, or Alars should be their new leader.
The uni mind is a state attained by the Eternals where every eternal merge together to form a single being who could think rationally. Zuras was chosen to be the Prime Eternal(leader), and Alars chose to leave Earth to avoid causing another civil war. He left for titan where he found that war had erupted on Titan and wiped out all but one member, a woman named Sui san.
Alars fell in love with her and in time they repopulated Titan due to their incredible regeneration and reproductive ability. Due to the mix of activated genes from Alars and unactivated ones from Sui San, these new Titanian Marvel Eternals are not as powerful or immortal as the Earthian Eternals but are more powerful and longer-lived than the earlier Titanian Eternals.
While Zuras ruled, three new Eternal cities were built. The first was Olympia, located in the mountains of Greece. The other two Eternal cities were Polaria (located in Siberia) and Oceana (in the Pacific). Even the Asgardian god, Thor, encountered some Eternals, but the encounter was erased from his mind, to prevent him from learning about the Celestials, who were about to return to Earth.
During the early 20th century, a human scientist made contact with the Uranian Eternals and was taken to live with them along with his young son, who would later become Marvel Boy. In this stage, Thanos among the Eternals of the titan was born.
Marvel Eternals: Modern marvel cinematic universe
Eventually, the Eternals decided to help the gods like Odin, Vanessa, and hocus. Later in the story the deviants, attacked Olympia, kidnapping the Eternals and intending to disintegrate them. The hero iron man then rescued the Eternals and helped them defeat the deviants. The Eternals after that transformed the deviant’s into a synthetic cube which in result killed them.
After all these wars and killings they decided to form a Unimind to discuss their future on earth, after which most of the Eternals, went to the stars. But a handful remained behind on Earth.
Later on, Ghaur as a leader of the Deviants tried to destroy the universe in return to which the Eternals joined the Avengers in defeating him. The Eternals briefly became a part of the Superhero team Avengers.
Later The Eternals helped the Avengers in the battle against the Gatherers and Proctor which will happen after the deviants are destroyed. The Eternals began reappearing on Earth in Marvels Eternal’s new take on the immortal beings.
Marvel Eternals: The storyline as per manga
Makkari is a medicine intern, Sersi is planning to kickstart her party planner business. Meanwhile, Thena is working as a weapons scientist in Stark Industries. She is also married and has a young son. Druig is apparently alive again and he is the Deputy Minister of Vorozheika.
Ikaris and eternal from titan contacted Makkari, but he didn’t believe the eternal’s words about the past and rejected him. Then, Makkari meets Sersi again, becomes attracted to her, and accompanied her to a party that she was organizing for Druig of Vorozheika. Thena assisted too.
In the party, the Eternals are attacked by mercenaries of another faction of the Vorozheika government destroy the power of the current government. The reunion of the four Eternals triggered a recovery of their powers and a cure for their amnesia with which they later discovered all their abilities and fought the deviants. After which they returned to Icaris who taught them their actual ability and hidden powers.
Later as the story unfolds deviants capture Icaris and perform experiments on him to get their hands on Icaris’s cosmic energy, which killed him. In the late part, we see Icaris getting revived back.
Marvel Eternals: Powers and abilities
Due to the cosmic energy that flows in an Eternal’s body and the unbreakable mental hold they have over their physiological processes, the Eternals of Earth are effectively immortal. They live for millions of ears and do not fatigue from physical exertion.
These Marvel Eternals are immune to diseases and poison and are unaffected by environmental extremes of cold and heat. Most of them cannot be injured by conventional weaponry or nuclear peptides, and even if they somehow are, an Eternal can rapidly regenerate any damage as long as they can retain their mental hold over their bodies. Breaking this mental bond is by far the most difficult thing that is stated in the manga. In the Marvel Eternals series, it was also stated that Eternals can absorb oxygen directly from water, and therefore cannot drown.
All Eternals are capable of Superhuman strength, Projecting blasts, heat, and blinding flashes of energy from their eyes and hands, flight and levitating others, reading and controlling minds, Generating illusions, Teleporting vast distances, Transmuting objects, altering both their shape and composition, Forcefield generation providing invulnerability to harm.
Marvel Eternals: Latest buzz
Marvel Eternals will draw some influence from the manga and will also feature a Bollywood dance sequence which is a great fact for the Indian fandom. In a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, Chinese-born director Chloe Zhao discussed how she brought some Asiatic roots to the movie which in itself is a great thing.
Marvel Eternals have some of the stylized elements of the manga. Zhao said it is important to push thematic ideas like the marriage of East and West because Eternals is a movie about the history of humanity. In making this movie, Zhao said she asked herself how much bigger and further the movie could go after Avengers Endgame because she is not just making the film as a director but also as a fan.
Marvel Eternals cast member Kumail Nanjiani also revealed in the article that the Marvel film includes a Bollywood dance sequence with over 50 dancers in it. Nanjiani, whose Eternals character, Kingo, is a Bollywood star in the film. Marvel Entertainment president Kevin Feige also said the film’s LGBTQ relationship will be portrayed well on screen, calling it inherent in the story.
However, Marvel Eternals becomes the first film to portray the LGBTQ relationship. Marvel’s Eternals is currently slated to hit theatres on February 12, 2021.