Thanos is not an eternity in the MCU – here’s why

Eternals introduces Thanos’ brother and asks a question about the origin of the mad Titan: If Eros is an eternal, then why is not Thanos too?

Eternal influenced the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways that potentially recontextualized things seen in previous Infinity Saga movies, while also changing some of the knowledge surrounding the characters’ comic book roots. The greatest example of this comes from the revelation that the eternal are actually humanoid androids created by the heavenly Arishem in World Forge. These beings can function for centuries without aging and are powered by cosmic energy. But the introduction of Eros / Starfox raises the question of whether his brother, Thanos, is also an eternal one.

In the comics, Thanos is a product of two Eternals conceiving a child, an action not permitted among them. As a result, he becomes the host of the aberrant gene, which changes his appearance but still technically makes him an eternal one. In the movies, Thanos’ appearance is never explained, and it is simply assumed that he is another alien species. But his origins are also not explained, leaving his true nature largely unknown. In an interview with Empire, Eternal director ChloĆ© Zhao finally gives a perspective on Thanos’ roots and explains why he is not an immortal android like his brother, Eros.


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When Eros appears in the mid-credit scene for Eternal, Pip the Troll mentions that he is the Prince of Titan and brother of Thanos. With these titles, it’s hard to pinpoint how Eros fits into the Thanos family tree. However, Zhao offers some context for why he is on the doomed planet in the first place. She states, “… he was stationed on Titan – 10 of them were, like the 10 eternal ones on Earth, provided that Titan is also a host planet at some point.” Therefore, Eros was probably present during the planet’s formative years and became an influencer, like Ajak, by helping its inhabitants evolve.


During this time, Eros probably joined the royal family and became a brother of Thanos. Alternatively, the expatriate Eternals might become the royal family and take in Thanos when he was young. But because of his intelligence, he quickly understood the dangers of losing resources, and by wanting to knock down the population, he became a threat to its emergence. As a result, they fell out and left before the planet died or a celestial one was born. As a result, it is likely that Thanos never composed the eternal inheritance to which Eros belonged, or why he wanted to leave the planet unchanged so steeply.


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Alienating Thanos may also have played a role in why Eros ultimately also betrayed Arishem. After seeing the lives that would be lost and Thanos’ hasty solution, he probably realized he could not be an audience for so much lost lives, stole the Prime Eternal bullet and fled. But unfortunately, Eros may never have had the chance to explain Thanos his true nature and why he is so different from the rest of the royal family. Zhao also talks about the story between the two brothers and states: “… there is a very beautiful, heartbreaking influence Eros has had on Thanos. And how much does Thanos know?” Knowing that there were things that had not been said helps to promote the idea that Thanos and Eros never really got to understand who they were and how, even though he is not an android, Thanos had his own impressive power .


In the end, the idea that Thanos is not an android like the other Eternals is even more compelling than if it turns out he is. Because of his strength, intelligence, and perseverance, he is even more of a threat than Arishem’s great design and even influenced the mind of his brother Eros, whose power is to influence individuals. For now it is unclear whether Thanos or Eros is the adopted brother, but it is obvious that although Thanos is not an almost immortal machine, he has enough power to stand among them.

Eternals is now streaming on Disney +.

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