eternal is out in theaters, and it’s definitely a Marvel movie you should see despite the unnecessary controversy That a little distressed the release. It’s not a perfect superhero movie, but there probably isn’t such a thing. But it’s an MCU adventure, unlike anything we’ve seen so far. It’s the origin story of no fewer than ten superheroes we have to get used to in one film, rather than a series of films that unfold for this massive threat they have to contend with. Then again, there is no way to introduce the heroes in other movies because these are not the normal Avengers. They are immortal beings capable of exerting cosmic energy beyond what most Avengers can do. Yet they have never been involved in defending humans like the Avengers did. So there is no natural way to build the Eternals franchise within the MCU by introducing fewer heroes at a time.
eternal it’s also a great feature film, something Disney has just begun to embrace. There has been a lot of pushback for this, including censorship in some international markets. But hopefully Marvel is just getting started, as the X-Men are yet to arrive. And eternal brings the vision of an Academy Award-winning director who will hopefully work on other MCU projects down the line.
What’s great about the film is how it complicates Marvel’s multiverse. eternal is Marvel’s 26th MCU movie, but it changes everything. Before we get into this spoiler-y review of the concepts eternal bring to the table, I warn you there are more spoilers on the way. It is not just from eternal, but also Avengers: Endgame, Loki, And What happens if …?. You will want to see all these MCU titles, preferably in chronological order, before moving on to the following.
The miserable Avengers of the MCU
The Avengers are a terrific team when they’re willing to work together. They scored a huge victory for the entire universe in End of the game. They beat Thanos (Josh Brolin), regrouping against all odds after suffering a massive defeat. Marvel needed 20 films released over a decade to get to endless war Other End of the game epic conclusion. But then it made us realize how small the Avengers are in the grand scheme of things. And he did it in just one year, with the help of Loki, What happens if …?, and now – eternal.
The multiverse is here, and it’s filled with much bigger threats than Thanos. Threats future Avengers teams will face – and some Eternals better stick around.
But eternal It also complicates the multiverse to the point where Marvel will have to find some clever explanations for everything.
The Stones of Infinity and the Eternals
We must forget all of the endless war. Marvel clarified this point in Loki, where they are glorious paperweights without power. That is, they don’t work on TVA, which is probably out of time, or in the Quantum Realm. The presence of the Infinity Stones in the universe is what allows that universe to exist. I’ve been there from the start. And in the MCU timeline, have been reduced to atoms. Thanos does it soon End of the game, but the stones remain scattered throughout the universe as cosmic dust.
In the future, the MCU story will not be about the Infinity Stones. But we cannot forget that they have existed together for eons, just like the Celestials of End of the game or the variation of Kang’s He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) in Loki.
If you have seen eternal, you have probably realized that the Infinity Stones are not enough. They must exist to keep the reality of the MCU out of the dark. But without the Celestials, there will be no light in the universe to sustain life.
Celestials aren’t exactly i eternal Bad
Arishem (David Kaye) is the celestial in charge of everything. He seems to be the real villain of the movie. And that’s what we thought after reading the plot leaks in the previous weeks. But that’s not entirely true. Explain to Sersi (Gemma Chan) that the Celestials are vital in the life cycle of the universe.
A Celestial consumes the energy of an entire planet as it rises from it, destroying it in the process. Tiamut, the Celestial buried within the Earth, would have done the same thing to the planet had it not been for the Eternals. But once a Celestial arises, after millions of years of growth within the planet, it builds life. A celestial will draw suns and gravity from that energy. In turn, this will create other galaxies and life will emerge on other planets. Other celestial eggs will then reach some of those planets. And other Eternals will need to ensure that intelligent life thrives on that planet to keep this circle of life in place.
Without Celestials, there would be no life in the universe. This even if Infinity Stones would still have brought him balance and protected him from other threats.
Arishem’s power is relative
However powerful the Celestials may be, they cannot be present everywhere. This is clear considering what happens in eternal. They have devised experiments to help out with their affairs in the form of the Deviants and the Eternals. We now know that they both failed.
Arishem could create life in the universe and the tools to support it. And it has the power to destroy the Earth. This is very clear from that incredible scene at the end of the film where people everywhere on Earth would see the Celestial appear in space.
But he was unable to stop Thanos from wiping out half of life in the entire universe of this timeline. And eternal it really puts things in perspective. Thanos and his genocide actually delayed emergence on Earth, slowing Tiamut’s growth. The same thing could have happened on other planets where half of intelligent life has disappeared.
Kang may still be the MCU’s biggest threat
It’s not enough to juggle Infinity Stones and Celestials to understand how and why the universe exists in the MCU. We get more strands of it thanks to the multiverse, which is a huge theme of Phase 4.
As we have seen in Loki, Kang is an incredibly ferocious foe. In comparison, it makes Thanos look small. Even the Ultron in which we got to see What happens if …?, in itself a more significant threat than Thanos, pales compared to Kang. This is because Kang has a power that none of the other villains have. It will develop technology that will enable it to micromanage the flow of events.
Everything that happened on Earth until the end of End of the game it happened because He Who Remains ordered it that way. The first thing out of his control it could be Captain America (Chris Evans) dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) at the end of the film. This is the type of event that TVA would punish, as it would create branches. And the MCU timeline only branches out after Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) kill the mild-mannered version of Kang in the Loki the final.
Will Kang be able to outwit the Celestials?
With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder if Kang can actually stop all emergency events. The Celestials could be the creators of life in the universe, with the Eternals babysitting those eggs. And the Infinity Stones are needed in a timeline to stabilize it. But Kang could actually mess with the emergency by managing time. After all, Kang allowed Thanos to wipe out half of human existence in endless war. He could have stopped him if it served his interests. And with that, he delayed Tiamut’s arrival. It could be argued that Kang made sure to pause the five-year emergency so that the Eternals could reach a point where they would rebel.
Let’s not forget that Kang must be born in the third millennium. And that can’t happen if the planet is destroyed by then.
What about the Eternals in the MCU multiverse?
My eternal the questions don’t stop there. Now that we are beginning to explore the multiverse, I cannot help but think that each universe must have its own group of Eternals. And their own Celestials. The latter are superpowered beings who make life possible in those universes. So it would make sense for them to be aware of the multiverse. But what if they don’t?
When Arishem explains to Sersi what the Celestials do, he calls this universe “our universe”. It’s not like Arishem is out of time like Kang or The Watcher (Jefferey Wright). Time is a real thing for the Celestials, who actually count millions of years between emergencies. They are invested in this universe, playing their crucial role. They can’t witness the whole thing somewhere out of time like Kang. They have a base, the World Forge, which is located somewhere in this universe.
Likewise, other Celestials and Eternals may be responsible for the different realities that coexist in the multiverse along with the primary reality of the MCU.
The eternal it’s a must see MCU movie
With all of this in mind eternal it’s a movie to see. Marvel joked that the image will change everything in the MCU, putting things in a different perspective. And that’s exactly what the film does. Things are getting more and more complicated and it will be quite interesting to see what happens next. And how the “little” Avengers will be able to deal with all of this. If there is one thing missing from the eternal it’s sort of a cameo reaction from the Avengers on duty when the emergency occurred.
We will need more explanation along the way from future adventures with the Eternals. And from the looks of those scenes after the credits, we will definitely see more Eternals in the MCU.