Who are the Eternals?

In the Marvel Universe, the Eternals are an offshoot of humanity known as Homo immortalis, created one million years ago by the enigmatic alien Celestials to defend Earth with their superhuman powers and abilities...

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Marvel's highly-anticipated Eternals hit theatres in November 5, 2021. Eternals is helmed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao and will be seen bringing some of Marvel Cinematic Universe's strangest and memorable characters to the big screen yet again. First dreamt by Jack Kirby in the 1970s, Eternals are said to be essentially idealised, humanoid aliens from the planet Olympia, engineered by the God-like 'Celestials.'


Sersi (Gemma Chan)

An empathetic Eternal with a strong connection to humans and the Earth, who can manipulate and transform matter through physical contact.

Ikaris (Richard Madden)

An Eternal with the ability to fly and project cosmic energy beams from his eyes who is dedicated to completing his mission.

Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani)

An Eternal who can project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands.

Sprite (Lia McHugh)

An Eternal who can project life-like illusions.

Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry)

An Eternal and an intelligent weapons and technology inventor.

Makkari (Lauren Ridolff)

An Eternal who can move at superhuman speed. Also, being deaf, she is the first disabled MCU superhero.

Druig (Barry Keoghan)

An aloof Eternal who becomes tired of the inaction of the other Eternals in human affairs.

Karun (Harish Patel)

Kingo's human valet.

Dane Whitman (Kit Harington)

A human working at the Natural History Museum in London as a history professor, dating Sersi.

Ajak (Salma Hayek)

The wise and spiritual leader of the Eternals, who has the ability to heal and is the "bridge" between the Eternals and the Celestials.

Thena (Angelina Jolie)

An elite warrior Eternal who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy and develops a close bond with Gilgamesh over the centuries.


Because of its grandiose ambition, Eternals is a unique entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film seeks to unveil fresh MCU events that nobody really knew about, spanning thousands of years and nearly the entire history of humanity. It's a difficult assignment, including many time jumps, a large cast, and a lot of knowledge dumps.

The heroes open up about their own backstories early and frequently, from a 5,000-year-long failed romantic engagement between two characters, to a medical problem that may necessitate a memory-wiping treatment. Despite a lengthy 2.5-hour runtime, there's a lot of debate about these things that doesn't go any further.

The main part of Eternals' story might be set in the present-day MCU, but the movie is also confirmed to explore thousands of years of its history. It was previously confirmed through interviews that Eternals' story spans 7,000 years. The marketing shows just how far back the movie will go, with the poster using the tagline "In the beginning..." and drawing Biblical parallels. This is more likely to reference the beginning of human civilization and the role the Eternals play in it, rather than a sign that the MCU's universe has only been around for a few thousand years. The Eternals are shown arriving on Earth thousands of years ago and helping civilization advance, showing that the Eternals visit throughout its time-spanning story.

Even though the Eternals have been on Earth for thousands of years, they have not been involved in prior MCU events. Before Eternals, the MCU movies obviously didn't show them because Marvel didn't have plans for the characters at that time. Ajak says that the Eternals have helped guide humanity throughout its history but never interfered until now. The second trailer revealed the reason why they never interfered — they were forbidden from getting involved in human affairs by the Celestials, the Eternals' creators, unless the Deviants posed as a threat. This explains why the Eternals didn't interfere in Avengers: Infinity War or Endgame.

The non-linear storytelling can be confusing: We're whisked back and forth in time, across constantly changing international settings. One minute the Eternals are with humans in the Stone age. The next they're back in the present day. Then we flash back to an event 2,000 years in the past, then forward again. It might be a natural journey for the characters, though for us, feels like a whiplash.

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