Just last week, we brought you the first-look at Richard Madden and Kit Harrington on the set of Eternals, which is set to be released in November.
As the release date steadily approaches, the hype for the film continues to build, as Eternals looks set to be a type of movie that we’ve yet to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially when considering that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige already confirmed that the film will span 7,000 years.
But because Eternals is set to span 7,000 years, that opens the film up to tons of possibilities, especially in terms of its overlap with what we think we already know about the MCU.
Take this latest fan theory, for example, which suggests that fans have actually already seen the Eternals in the franchise.
After the Guardians take the Power Stone to The Collector (Benicio del Toro), the latter gives the team — and all of MCU fandom, for that matter — a rundown on Infinity Stones, how they were created, and what they do. In the examples The Collector uses, we see Eson the Searcher razing a planet of an alien life form. Immediately thereafter, we see a group of eight individuals harnessing the stones before disintegrating as The Collector explains they were, in fact, able to hold the items for a moment. Therein lies the first appearance of the Eternals in the MCU.
But why was that group holding the Stones? There would be two trains of thought spinning off that — they either did it willingly, say after finding them on Earth after the Celestials left, or if they did it unwillingly. In the latter scenario, it stands to reason the Celestials used the items to do their experimentations on the group — something that could have given them their powers. If that’s the case, that moment we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy could serve as the cataclysm that served as the beginning of the Eternals race. If Ikaris didn’t come into direct contact with the Tesseract/Space Stone himself, perhaps one of his ancestors was included in that one Guardians shot and it was passed down genetically.
After all, we’ve seen Celestials are willing to kill entire civilizations using the Stones, why wouldn’t they use them to play God and come up with their own superior race? [via ComicBook]
This revelation should come as no surprise as Marvel is known for laying the groundwork for future stories way ahead of time.
Here’s the official synopsis for Eternals, which hits theaters in the United States on Friday, November 6.
“Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.”
Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals stars an ensemble cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington.
The Eternals will be made up of characters such as Thena, Ikaris, Kingo, Makkari, Phastos, Jaka, Sprite, Gilgamesh, Druig, Sersi, and Black Knight.
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