Who Are The Eternals?

Learn about the comic origins of Marvel Studio’s next property, The Eternals! At Comic-Con this weekend, Marvel Studios revealed more details, including cast members of the Eternals film. Eternals is […]

Learn about the comic origins of Marvel Studio’s next property, The Eternals!

At Comic-Con this weekend, Marvel Studios revealed more details, including cast members of the Eternals film. Eternals is pretty much an unknown property and is a big gamble for Marvel. While the full plot of the film hasn’t been made known, the Eternals do have a rich history in Marvel Comics.

When Jack Kirby first left Marvel for DC Comics in 1970 to write the New Gods. Unfornatually the series was canceled before Kirby could finish his tale. In 1976, Kirby returned to Marvel and created the Eternals. There were some similarities in the themes between the New Gods and Eternals and while the series that Kirby created was canceled, the characters of the Eternals managed to stick around the Marvel Universe.

The Eternals were created by beings known as Celestials. We got to see some of the Celestials in both Guardians of the Galaxy films. The Celestials came to Earth at dawn of time and experimented on the early humans to create three different races: Humans, the long-lived Eternals, and the monstrous Deviants. The Eternals were tasked to protect the Earth and humanity.

The Eternals had powers like flight, strength, and many others including a long lifespan. They would help guide humanity. They would also appear to human and would be confused for mythological figures like Zeus or Ra. All the while battling the Deviants who wanted to enslave humans. 

Some of the main focus of the series was of the characters Ikaris, prime Eternal, Sersi, the molecule manipulating Eternal, and the super-fast Makkari.

Fast forward to modern times. The Eternals find out that the Celestials are returning to Earth, they Eternals decide to reveal themselves to the public. The Eternals found out that the gods like the Asgardians and Olympians plan on attacking the Celestials. They team up with Thor and save the Celestials. 

They then have assisted the heroes of Earth several times. They also learned of the Titan Eternals in space, with one of them being Thanos.  Sersi became an Avenger for a time as well.

Recently in Avengers #1 (2018), the Eternals started to kill themselves off when they learned the truth that they were never meant to protect humanity but meant to cultivate it. They couldn’t handle the truth.

Now in comics, death is usually a revolving door and especially with the new film coming out, I’m sure we’ll see a return of the Eternals to comics.

Now with the film, there will be differences from the comics. This is always to be expected.  We already know that some male characters have been changed to female. It is what it is. It’s the end result that matters.

Personally, I think that Marvel is taking a big risk on an Eternals movie. I do like the characters, but I feel Marvel Studios should be fast-tracking a Fantastic Four film, X-Men film, or a Deadpool sequel.  We will see what happens. 

The Eternal movie is slated to hit theaters November 6, 2020

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.