Over the years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought dozens of almost forgotten comic characters back from obscurity. There was a time, not so long ago, when Iron Man was considered an unknown hero to many people! Yet with their continued success, the MCU is emboldened to dig even deeper for new heroes. Phase IV of the MCU kicks off in November with Eternals, but as we wait for the film to drop, let’s take a moment to meet this new superhero team known as the Eternals.
At ComicStans, we cannot always cover every single detail about something. As much as we’d love to do so, it simply is not possible. Thus, with the Eternals, we will not be able to discuss the entire story or lore surrounding them. Yet we will be able to dive into some of the most important things one needs to know about this group. Therefore, before you go to theaters to check out the film, learn a little about the Eternals below.
The EternalsFirst: let’s check out the team as a whole. The Eternals, thus named due to their near-immortal state of being, were created by the Celestials. This happened over a million years ago and actually paved the way for both The Inhumans and The X-Men, but that is a deep dive into Marvel lore. Didn’t we tell you this can be a lot?
The Eternals have multiple superpowers, which they often share with each other. These include, but are not limited to strength, telekinesis, speed, cosmic blasts, and the transmutation of matter. Some Eternals are better in different areas than others. In general, however, they’re cut from the same cloth.
A big part of the Eternals’ power and immortality comes from “The Machine.” This device allows them to be reborn in the event of their death. As if that wasn’t enough, it also creates a network of portals so the Eternals can travel from place to place instantaneously. You’ve likely become familiar with similar technology if you’ve seen anything regarding the Inhumans from Disney.
Using these powers, our ancient band of heroes has lived alongside humanity. They guard the human race against cosmic danger but mostly keep their powers secret. Only a few members chose to go fully public with who they are.
The DeviantsThes Deviants tend to be a bit more interesting, but a lot more villainous than the Eternals. Of course, you must have a villain for every hero, right? Well, for the Eternals, it’s these guys. Don’t let their good looks fool you though…they are tough as nails and hard to get rid of.
Created at the same time as the Eternals, the Deviants share none of their sister species’ good looks and very little of their intense power. You can see why they might be upset. Keep in mind, too, that this is an entire race. Therefore, they are pretty massive in number.
Unlike the Eternals, the Deviants are not immortal, though some still live much longer than humans. They make up for the lack of longevity with a capability to reproduce and reinforce their numbers. Deviants are also known as “The Changing People.” Yet the Skrulls have also been part of this species or group too.
IkarisIkaris is the de-facto leader of the Eternals due to his high power levels. While not the Icarus of mythology, Ikaris shares his namesake’s brash nature. He is quick to anger as well as fast to act. Ikaris’ direct nature often slips into hotheaded and firey behavior. Much more likely to attack the obvious solution than employ subtlety.
Ikaris’ attack of choice is a cosmic beam he shoots from his eyes. Think Homelander from The Boys but with fewer mommy issues. Of course, this power makes him the hard-hitter for the Eternals.
Ikaris serves as a powerful guardian for humanity, though he isn’t able to connect with them in a meaningful way. This is, in part, due to his inability to see subtleties in things. In the Eternals film, Ikaris has trouble differentiating between a window and a wall. As he is able to see through them both, a barrier is a barrier, of course.
However, this blonde powerhouse is not without his sympathetic side. His fierce dedication to his causes is admirable and his loyalty to the Eternals is unwavering. Plus, he finds comfort in conversation with humans and can even enjoy a cup of coffee. Just…don’t mess up his order, Starbucks.
SpriteSprite is easily notable as the youngest member of the Eternals. This is a bit misleading as, like the rest of her team, Sprite is thousands of years old. She (or sometimes “he”) is an infamous trickster. Think Loki, but smaller. William Shakespeare and J.M. Barrie took inspiration from encounters with Sprite to create Puck and Peter Pan. Well, so we’re told.
Sprite tends to lose her memory. A lot. This seems like it ties into her reckless trickster nature. If Sprite pulls some kind of prank or joke that results in death, she is punished. Eventually, she forgets and it all starts again. She even attempts to remove the memories of the other Eternals at one point, though this doesn’t end up sticking.
Essentially, Sprite seems to be out to have fun. She’s been around for centuries and is not one to worry about consequences or responsibilities. However, this can lead to more intense acts of violence as well. Sprite has tried to kill the other Eternals on a few occasions. Often, this has been in retribution for being treated like a child. She’s thousands of years old, we kind of get it.
DruigDruig is cunning. He’s the obvious Slytherin of the group. Gifted in illusion and mind manipulation: Druig is out only for Druig. He is quick on his feet and a bit of a foil to Ikaris. Yet unlike Ikaris, he’s much more likely to examine things from every angle before he acts instead of rushing in blindly.
As you may have guessed, this leaves Druig in an easy position to betray his fellow Eternals. Druig’s jealousy of his adopted brother and cousin, Ikaris, tends to be a driving force in his movements. He seeks power at every turn and is not above sacrificing others for his own gain.
Druig began his time with humans by amassing groups around him using mind control. However, over time, he would evolve to simply following large conquering groups. Humanity’s need to possess all that they see appeals to this plotter’s nature and he takes advantage.
SersiSersi is the ultimate in femme-fatale. She is confident, powerful, and not afraid to embrace her sexuality. She tends to be manipulative and is very much on the lookout for her own interests.
In her time on Earth, Sersi has reveled in her time among humans. She has taken countless lovers from humanity and has even been a part of the Avengers! In her time on Earth, she has used her powers to rise to fame as a Party-Planner and fashion designer. Her unmatched skill in illusion and transmutation is largely responsible for her success.
Sersi’s hedonistic and selfish motives leave her a bit of a question mark for the other Eternals. Plus, she has been accused of treachery and madness on multiple occasions. Needless to say, you could rightly call Sersi a wild card on this team of immortals.
KingoSersi is not the only member of the Eternals to use their powers to gain acclaim. Kingo has used his abilities to rise into a prominent position as a Japanese action film actor. He has an attachment to the Samurai and often wears armor reminiscent of them when he is in combat.
Because Kingo has embraced this lifestyle, he has become a master in the use of daishō. These are the swords the Samauri were known for in Fuedal Japan. They are incredibly sharp and quite effective. The term “daishō” literally means “big-little.” The Samurai would utilize two different swords. One was smaller and used for more assassination or extreme close-quarters encounters. The longer version was used for major sword fighting clashes as well as war.
Kingo looks quite a bit different for his cinematic debut. Now a famed Bollywood actor, he has traded in his swords for hand-wielded energy blasts. However, we truly hope to see those swords come back around in the second Eternals film. Oh, you know we’re getting a second one!
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MakkariThis Eternal is fast. Unlike a lot of the other Eternals, he has really been around.
Makkari, often mistaken for the Greek god Mercury, has gone by several different names in his time. This includes “Hurricane” and “Mark Curry.” If that kind of wordplay isn’t doing it for you, Makkari may not be the Eternal you want to follow.
Makkari translates his Eternals cosmic energy into even more speed. Due to this, he takes the position of the fastest being in the Marvel universe. Beyond his speed, Makkarai is also the Prophet for the Celestials, becoming the link between cosmic beings and Humanity. As a result of this, he holds the ire of fellow Eternal, Ajak.
It is also worth noting that Makkari and Sersi had a fairly long-lasting relationship and at one point. Sersi gave her own life to bring him back to life once, in fact.
Like Sprite, Makkari has changed genders during resurrections too.
AjakAjak tends to be fairly straightforward as an Eternal. In the comics, he is strong and a mighty warrior. He is less intelligent than a lot of his Eternals crew-mates, however. This can, at times, lead to some issues for the team.
What sets Ajak apart is that he often serves as a communicator for the Celestials. It is for this reason that he becomes jealous when Makkari is chosen as the Prophet. How could he not? Think about it…how would you feel if you were in such a major position and passed over for a giant upgrade?
Ajak is female in the film for the first time, having been exclusively male in the comics. This will be an interesting change, but as referenced, the Eternals have been a different sex/gender upon resurrections.
To be honest, there is not a lot to Ajak so far. Let’s hope Selma Hayek can bring in a new era for this hero!
GilgameshThis Eternal, also known as ‘The Forgotten One,” has been all over the place. From becoming an Avenger to being Hercules’ unwelcome roommate, it seems like Marvel wasn’t quite sure what they wanted to do with him. But since when is Marvel a stranger to weird things?
He eventually settled as the Eternal who watches the other Eternals. He finds ways to punish others for what he perceives as “misdeeds.” He’s even been known to execute an Eternal who is not respecting the human race. Seriously, don’t mess with this man or you just might regret it.
With strong convictions and a stubborn streak, Gilgamesh is his own judge, jury, and executioner. You’ve likely heard the name, probably from some other epic story written thousands of years ago. Prepare to meet the real thing, ladies and gentlemen!
PhastosPhastos is the engineer of the Eternals; an important job that is nowhere near as respected as it should be. Responsible for maintaining The Machine, Phastos is a pacifist who prefers to work with his mind.
He is a weaponsmith and created the physical weapons wielded by Kingo. He’s kind of like the Donatello of the Eternals. The smart one who does not wish to fight. One who’d rather talk it out. However, if you force his hand…you won’t like the result.
Phastos’ pacifist nature stems from a past tragedy that has not been established. This distaste for violence led him to go by the codename: Ceasefire, but very briefly.
Phastos would eventually turn on his Eternal brethren when he recruited Thanos to help him destroy them. The Mad Titan has since been a thorn in their side, within Marvel Comics at least.
ThenaThena is the heart of the Eternals. She is one of the few members of the team to consistently interact with the Deviants. Due to this, she has taken on several lovers from this off-shoot species. Of course, this means has become entwined with the enemies of her people.
Unfortunately, Thena has a habit of choosing destructive partners. Originally, she paired up with the Deviant warlord Kro. This pairing would end due to Kro’s Deviant status, but then both would go on to become a bit of a toxic presence in each other’s lives.
Next, Thena would fall in love with Tzaigo. Due to partnering with an immortal, Tzaigo became obsessed with prolonging his own life. He began to harvest blood and organs from other humans in experiments with immortality. When she discovered what he was up to, Thena chose to kill him.
She is also one of the few Eternals to become a parent multiple times. Her first twins were adopted by another woman but she decided to raise a son named Joey. Sadly, Joey’s current whereabouts in the comic universe are unknown.
Due to her differing viewpoints on Deviants, Thena has largely pulled away from the rest of the Eternals and lives her life in exile. Thena also distinguishes herself with a unique fighting style. She has mastered the use of most weaponry due to her long life. Instead of using weapons forged by Phastos, Thena chooses to create her own through the projection of cosmic energy.
Dane Whitman / The Black KnightTechnically, Dane is not an Eternal. He is human. However, he has been alongside this team of immortals enough that he managed a spot in the upcoming film, so a little background on him couldn’t hurt.
Dane’s powers and name come from the cursed sword he wields. He takes on a bit of a medieval theme with his skill set, as you could imagine. He chose to master sword fighting, horseback riding, and even dabbling in magic. Beyond his immunity to magic through his sword, he is mostly an above-average human.
He first became entangled with the Eternals through Sersi. They had both spent time with The Avengers and the two eventually became romantically entwined. This entanglement would prove to be to Whitman’s detriment as he was chosen to be Sersi’s guardian during her exile.