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Eternals can be seen on Disney Plus.

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Eternal has arrived in Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhaos film frames Disney Plus last week. Dive into Marvel’s cosmic comic book stories for inspiration and introductions a new group of immortal superheroes who have lived quietly on Earth for centuries, fought against the deadly dissenters and helped human civilization evolve.

The film takes place after Avengers: Endgame, when billions of missing people returned after five years of absence, and the world suddenly feels quite crowded. We also have a separate article that dives into the scenes for credits if you want to jump straight to them.

It’s time to get into the cosmic end, here comes SPOILERS.


Their true purpose

This is a complicated one, so let’s take a look at the revelations earlier in the film to make sense of it all. If you just want to know what happens at the end, scroll directly down to the “Emergency Averted” section.

After the wise leader Ajak (Salma Hayek) is killed by the Deviants, Sersi (Gemma Chan) is elevated to the role of Prime Eternal, and the heavenly Arishem reveals the true nature of the group’s mission to Earth in one of the film’s slightly overwhelming plot dumps. .

New celestial bodies – ancient, god-like beings with incredible substance and energy manipulation abilities – are created by sowing planets and letting life flourish in that world. The energy of living beings allows the celestial to grow and eventually break out of their planetary shells, a moment known as the Emergency. That world gets ruined in the process, which seems a little rude.

Arishem the Heavenly in Marvel's Eternals

Heavenly people like Arishem are not so concerned about the survival of mankind.

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The concept was used in 1999 comic book history Earth-X, which takes place in the ugly dystopian version of the Marvel universe.

Deviants were originally sent to planets to kill predators and allow life to spread so that there would be enough energy for the heavenly ones to appear, but they went out of control and slaughtered arbitrarily.

The Eternals believe they are from the Olympia world, but they are actually synthetic beings created by the celestials of the World-Forge and sent to exterminate the deviants (meaning that one creature was sent to stop another). Their memories are obliterated after each Emergence and they are sent to a new planet to do it all over again.

Thena (Angelina Jolie) occasionally loses control and tries to kill allies because she is hit by Mahd Wy’ry (pronounced “crazy tired”), a disease caused by erased memories that return. Like any computer, it is difficult to delete data completely.


Then struggle to keep it together for most of the film.

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The emergence of the Earth

Earth’s eternal were responsible for ensuring that the heavenly Tiamut could grow deep inside the earth’s crust and erupt when the time came, but the eternal Prime Minister Ajak was the only one aware of their true mission. She revealed it to Deputy Commander Icarus (Richard Madden), who believes her desire to stop Tiamut’s emergence is a betrayal of their mission and will prevent the birth of billions of beings through the next celestial sowing process.

Herein lies the film’s connection to Avengers: Endgame – Thanos’ Snap delayed its appearance because it erased much of the life energy Tiamut would have used. When the Hulk brought back the lost half of the population, that energy returned, and the heavenly prepared for its appearance.

Which makes you wonder why the Celestials did not order the Eternals to help in the fight against Thanos, as the villain’s input disrupted their plans.


Thanos unknowingly saved the Earth from destruction.

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Ajax’s team thought they had wiped out all deviants on Earth, but Icarus discovered some that had been frozen in ice and went unnoticed. The animals thawed and Icarus killed his boss by pushing her into their cave.

The deviant leader Kro stole Ajax’s healing powers when he killed her, and decided he would take the rest of the Eternal abilities (yum yum). He does so with Gilgamesh and almost reaches Thena towards the end of the film, but she manages to cut him up at the last second.

If the Deviants’ plotline feels like a non-sequitur, it’s because they served as little more than a distraction for the other Eternals, while Ikarus makes sure Emergence can happen.

Emergency averted

After discovering that Icarus is responsible for Ajax’s death, Sersi, Thena, Kingo, Makkari, Druig and Phastos decides to stop the emergence. But the eternally young Sprite (Lia McHugh) decides to join Icarus because she has loved him for centuries.

Ikarus and Sprite try to protect Tiamut as he shows up in the Indian Ocean, but is defeated by their former teammates. Sersi leads her allies in forming a Unimind – where the abilities of an Eternity are left by drawing on the group’s energy – and her substance transmutation power is screwed up to 11. Tiamut, whose power was also drawn into Unimind, freezes in the middle of Emergence.

This apparently kills him and saves Earth, but there is a giant dead heavenly stick sticking out of the sea (which will be a great backdrop for tourist selfies).

Icarus and Marvel's Eternals

Ikarus’ Superman-like powers are not enough to stop his former teammates.

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A sunny death

Emotionally, after being drawn into Unimind, a tearful Ikarus Sersi tells that he is upset and flies into the sun – which seems like a pretty dramatic way to prove that his remorse is sincere. The treacherous Eternal apparently burns up when he reaches the star.

Sersi offers to use her temporarily cut powers to make Sprite human, which will let her grow old and have a family. The young look Eternal accepts, but she does not like the idea of ​​going to school like a normal child (school would be pretty boring for someone who has already lived several lives). It also allows teenage actress Lia McHugh to return to the role as the character may look older in future appearances.

To spread the truth

Then Makkari and Druig decide that they will track down Eternals on other planets to reveal their origins and the fact that their mission will judge the inhabitants of their host world.

“The truth will set them free,” Makkari says before taking the team’s ship out into the galaxy.

We check in with them again in the film’s post-credit scene, but the eternal ones who remain on earth have another problem …

Sersi in Marvel's Eternals

Sersi does not escape killing Tiamut.

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And angry Celestial

Sersei returns home to London and picks up with her human lover Dane Whitman (Kit Harington). He prepares to tell her about his “complicated” family history, but is interrupted by the dramatic appearance of a heavenly one above the earth.

Arishem picks Sersei, Phastos and Kingo away from Earth and tells them that he is annoyed that they killed Tiamut, but plans to spare their adopted world at the moment (which seems super nice of him). He will take a deep dive into our history by scanning their memories and then deciding if it is worthy of survival.

“And I will return to judge,” he says ominously.

It’s probably not great that a lot of Sersei’s recent memories will be about her adventures on social media – it’s not exactly us when we’re at our best.

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What it means

Given how complicated the film’s plot was, the resolution seems pretty straightforward – it mostly served to set Celestials up as a major threat to Phase 4 of MCU. A sequel is likely to see the Eternals free their allies from Arishem on World-Forge (this plotline may also evolve in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

Despite Makkari’s belief that others forever will reject their mission when they know the truth, it may not be that simple. Like Ikarus, they may think that the countless trillions of lives created by Celestial’s sowing process outweigh the billions wiped out by Emergensen.

It’s a pretty fascinating moral riddle. Kingo believed in the mission that Celestials gave them, but decided to remain loyal to his friends instead of joining the murderous Ikarus. Whoa, that would have been pretty devastating to watch lovely Kumail Nanjiani go bad.

Although Ikarus was apparently self-inflicted, it is possible that he may return. In the comics, Fallen Eternals is revived using an activation chamber located in Antarctica – the character’s cartoon counterpart was revived in this way in the author Kieron Gillens current Eternals comics.

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