Eternals Credits Scenes explained: The MCU expands

[Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for Eternals]

Like almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Eternal has credits scenes. And like many of these stickers, if you are not imbued with Marvel Comics lore, what happened in these scenes may have gone over your head (these credit scenes tend to reward the faithful comics while fascinating the layman). If you were a little confused about what these scenes after credit meant, we can help you.

Meet Pip and Eros


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By the exit of Eternal, then (Angelina Jolie), Druig (Barry Keoghan), and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) is on a mission to tell other Eternals across the universe that they have been nothing but pawns in a game to immortalize Celestials by judging the planets full of humans that the Eternals swore to protect. But as the trio wonders why they have not heard from the Eternals back on Earth (they do not know that the Earthbound Eternals have been called by Arishem to answer for their decision to stop the rise of Earth’s Celestial), they get a few unexpected retirees.

The first is the Troll Pip (pronounced by Patton Oswalt). In the comics, Pip teamed up with Adam Warlock (a character that will be introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 and played by Will Poulter) to fight Magus. He was also a character who was harmed by Thanos and so later Thanos helped only to be discarded by the mad titan, so he later teamed up with Warlock and Gamora. Pips superpowers include teleportation and global localization (hence how he and Eros ended up on Domo) as well as superhuman strength. IN Eternal, he acts as a kind of herald for Eros (Harry Styles), who declares himself the brother of Thanos.

Also known as “Starfox” (though that would probably be a bit confusing as there is a video game character with the name who is literally a fox), in the comics, Eros is the youngest son of Eternals A’Lars and Sui-San. Unlike Thanos, Eros was a cheerful womanizer unlike Thanos, which it might surprise you was not. In the comics, Thanos launches an attack on Titan, leaving their mother dead, pushing Eros to join a handful of Titan’s survivors against Thanos, and eventually teaming up with Captain Mar-Vell and the Avengers. His comic book history has been quite complicated since then, and since he is the son of Eternals, he also has plenty of powers, though as usual in the MCU, most of these things from the comics are not really transferred as it would make character too powerful and overload him or her with exposure.

But as you can see from the casting of Styles, they certainly retain the character’s attitude that he’s pretty carefree and probably a bit of a womanizer (in the comics, the character was originally named Eron, but they changed it to Eros when he showed his interest in the opposite sex). You do not throw a heartbreaker if you do not plan to preserve the aspect of his character where everyone wants him.

In the credit scene, Eros offers his help to the Eternal, but what is his greater goal? And what does it mean that we now get more branches of the Thanos family tree? It seems safe to assume that if there is one Eternal successor, Pip and Eros will be a part of it.

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The black knight rises


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In the concluding scenes of Eternal, Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) tells Sersi (Gemma Chan) that he does not want there to be more secrets between them. She says he knows everything about her, but he says he has his own secrets. But before he can tell her that, she is beamed off the planet by Arishem along with Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) and Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) to answer for their decision to kill a celestial and save the Earth.

At the end of the credits, we see a Dane looking over a sword whose case has a Latin inscription. As he reached out for it, the sword seemed to respond to him. Before he can take it, a deep voice outside the screen asks if he really wants to move on with what he is thinking.

So what does it all mean? In the comics, Dane Whitman is Black Knight. He is actually the third black knight after the original black knight who lived during King Arthur’s time, and then the title was revived by the Dane’s uncle Nathan Garrett, who became the supervillain Black Knight. When he is defeated by Iron Man, Nathan hands over the title and weapons to Dane. So, like most Marvel characters, Dane has a long and tortured story, which we will not summarize here other than to say that he is a good guy who was a member of Avengers, Defenders, The Heroes for Hire, New Excalibur , MI-13 and others.

What does it all mean for the MCU? Probably not much beyond the fact that the sword in this tale has special powers, and that Danes, while a love interest in Sersi in Eternal, is likely to take part in the fight in future Marvel movies. And who was the voice that asked “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?” Director Chloé Zhao answered that question to Fandom by revealing that it belongs Mahershala Ali, who will play Blade in an upcoming restart of the vampire hunting superhero. We do not know when Blade the movie is coming, but it seems like this is his little introduction to MCU.

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