It’s been a while since two post-credits scenes have been so significant to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of Brad Gullickson Published November 5, 2021
Final explained is a recurring series where we explore the endings, secrets and themes of interesting movies and shows, old and new. This time, let’s look at the end of Eternals. Yes, be prepared for spoilers.
Marvel movies rarely stand alone. We step into them knowing that a sequel is just around the corner, and the movie we’re watching is simply a building block that supports a much larger structure. This is their joy. This is their frustration.
eternal does not break the mold. If something, Chloé ZhaoThe science fiction myth-opera reveals its snap franchise function in a more provocative way than previous rumors. When the credits roll, we’re left hanging, but its two credits scenes offer juicy tidbits that allow us to guess a tempting future for these new MCU adventurers.
In his last moments eternal He throws at us several new characters, new actors and a voice we’ve been waiting to hear for two years. When I saw it the other night, the film elicited as many joyful exclamations from the crowd as questioning chunters. The last time I remember such a strong reaction to a Marvel climax was in 2012 The Avengers when Thanos gave us that smile. Phase Four has gone well so far, but I want to participate in that Phase Five now, not tomorrow. And that’s a big win for the obsessed post-credit scene.
The Eternals Cliffhanger ending
The film grows with our split superteam. After thousands of years to protect humanity from Deviant predators, the Eternals discover that their Heavenly masters are not good liars. They have only safeguarded the population so that the celestial child buried within the Earth can feed on our energy, providing the sustenance necessary to be born and obliterate the planet. From our annihilation, countless other worlds could arise, but it is a destructive act that some Eternals cannot forgive. Over the years, they have fallen in love with their flock.
Sersi (Gemma Chan), Then a (Angelina Jolie), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Festus (Brian Tyree Henry), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), and Druig (Barry Keoghan) lined up against their friends Ikaris (Richard Madden) and Sprite (Leah McHugh). Eventually, the numbers win and the emergence of Celestial is hindered. Unable to understand his failure, Ikaris achieves what his mythological counterpart never could; runs towards the sun, reaches it and welcomes its warm uprooting embrace.
The remaining Eternals try to find a new purpose. Thena, Makkari, and Druig board their starship, Domo, and seek answers in space, hoping to find and educate more Eternals. On Earth, Sersi grants Sprite a human life, one that will grow old and eventually die. Sersi explains to her professor boyfriend, Dane Whitman (Kit Harington), because he avoided his desire to move in with her, and he tries to inform her about his unique family situation.
But when you kill a child god, his relatives will not stand aside. The film ends with the heart to heart of Sersi and Dane interrupted in mid-sentence. Celestial Arishem, the space god who placed the Eternals on Earth, arrives in orbit and drags Sersi, Kingo, Phastos and Sprite into his clutches. He tells them they will be judged for the crimes they committed, and BAMF, they teleport to their Law and order: Special Celestial Unity Continuation.
In the comicsWhen the Celestials first returned to Earth, the Eternals came to the defense of humanity. They were our lawyers, defending our good qualities and also acknowledging our shortcomings. It was an opportunity for writer / artist Jack Kirby to understand the species he belonged to and, in the process, guide his readers towards smarter and more moral decisions.
The next time we meet Sersi, he will have a lot to explain. They have murdered a god, and gracefully exposing the merits of humanity will not be enough. A celestial war seems imminent, and it’s something the Avengers will want to participate in. Remember, as seen in Spider–Man: Away from home, Nick Fury is still floating in space. With Captain Marvel and his Skrull friends, they could establish a great defense with a hellish offense, fighting against them.
The first post-credits scene
If you spent any time online in the last week, you probably knew it Harry Styles he had already joined the MCU before you watched the movie. Apparently it’s too glorious a casting for some to keep their mouths shut. Oh well, too bad about the spoilers, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
The shock of his presence in eternal it’s only half the joy. It is the person who plays that is the real delight, and it is the eccentric helper who reveals himself first who raised this viewer’s eyebrow. Are we ready for Eros the Starfox and Pip the Troll? About as much as we were Rocket Racoon and Groot.
As Sersi, Kingo, Phastos and Sprite face heavenly judgment, their offspring Thena, Makkari, and Druig roam the cosmos. As they lament the lack of Eternals they have discovered, a portal appears on the Domo bridge. A troll jumps out, half drunk, and mumbles his words with Patton Oswaltthe voice. He announces the arrival of Eros, Thanos’ brother, and walks Styles smiling from the shadows.
Eros is an Eternal companion, but not created by the Celestials. He has a mother and a father and his first home was Titan. His brother Thanos was born with a dominant Deviant gene, which caused his monstrous appearance, and when their mother first saw Thanos, she immediately went mad and attempted to kill the baby.
The way Thanos’ family and neighbors looked at him during his childhood kicked off his journey to despotic government and genocidal solutions. Eros did not feel such a burden. He was a handsome boy and attacked life with a greedy relish. Only after Thanos killed their mother did Eros snap out of self-indulgence. The defeat of Thanos became his mission, and that search put him in Pip the Troll’s circle of trust.
The comic book counterpart Eros teamed up with the Avengers and together they delivered Thanos’ first defeat. The MCU iteration was clearly denied that pleasure. His travels never led to a meeting with his brother, and it’s a confrontation that most likely left him empty and alone.
What we see in the first post-credits scene, however, is that he has the same sphere of communication as the leader of Eternal Ajak (Selma Hayek), which means it can communicate directly with Celestials. He knows Thena’s Earth compatriots are in serious trouble and is willing to lend a hand. To their rescue, he can accomplish what he never did with his brother. It can have justice.
The second post-credits scene
We returned to Earth with Dane Whitman. That complicated family story he never told Sersi about is whispering inside a wooden box. He opens the box and we see a shining sword. He purrs at him, and as his finger almost touches the gleaming weapon, an invisible presence asks him if he is ready to carry such an instrument.
According to Zhao, he couldn’t control his arousal when chat with fandomThe voice belongs to none other than Blade. Two years ago, at the last San Diego Comic-Con in person, Mahershala Ali was announced to take on the role of Daywalker once played by Wesley Snipes and we were staggering in anticipation ever since. It’s time to kill the vampires in the MCU and she wants Sersi’s boyfriend by her side. Why? He longs for his blade, the wicked Ebony Blade.
Whitman’s first sword was forged by Merlin, made from a meteorite called Starstone. The Ebon Blade can deflect magic, cut any object and ward off the death of the wielder. All good news, right? Well, he also curses his master with an uncontrollable thirst for blood, and with each stroke the sword brings to the surface the darker aspects of its user. Where Excalibur is a tool for the pure of heart, the Ebony Blade is a weapon made for bastards.
And we know that Kit Harington knows a thing or two about that lifestyle. When he picks up the Ebon Blade, he will become the Black Knight, a character who has been both villain and hero within Marvel Comics. Whitman eventually joined the Avengers during one of their first skirmishes with Kang the Conqueror. During those rehearsals, it proved its worth at Earth’s Mightiest, and it looks like we might see something similar in the MCU.
Before he can face a mad storm, however, Whitman and Blade will battle the vampire horde in the Blade solo film. Their two characters don’t spend a lot of time together in comics, but they did pair up throughout the series in mid-life, Captain Britain and MI13. Both men are hot-headed and short-tempered to each other and should enjoy throwing beards back and forth while killing leeches.
eternal now he’s acting in theaters. Read our film review here.
Brad Gullickson is a weekly columnist for Film School Rejects and senior curator for One Perfect Shot. When he’s not rambling on the movies here, he rambles on comics as a co-host of Comic Book Couples Counseling. Hunt him down on Twitter: @MouthDork. (Him / Him)