Marvel’s Eternals is the new species of Superhumans being added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Eternals are created by cosmic energy which makes them powerful and unique from the X-Men, the Inhumans, and the Asgardians. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most of the characters are from super-powered races, such as the mutants in X-men, having an ability to set them apart from everyone else. But this is not the case with The Eternals as they are apart from X-men.
This will be something that the audience won’t have seen before.
The Eternals are humans with powers gifted to them by the ancient Celestials. They are described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. They are the defender of the Earth, which leads to the inevitability of war against the Deviants.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in 2018 admits that a film based on Jack Kirby’s The Eternals was in development. “Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate.”
The Eternals made its first appearance in July 1976. The Eternals is the second movie in Marvel’s Phase 4 slate which is directed by Chloe Zhao.
The Eternals have hidden away from the rest of humanity due to their longer life spans and incredible power.
How The Eternals better than X-Men?
The Eternals are made by the Celestials often referred to as ‘The Space Gods’. They came to Earth thousands of years ago and experimented with the DNA of primitive humans. The experiment leads to two offshoots of the human race: the Eternals and the Deviants. The Eternals were capable of living for centuries and could to easily pass for humans, unlike the structurally unstable, heinously deformed Deviants. The Eternals apart from X-men.
In fact, the X-men were forced to hide in the shadow all their lives, similar to the Deviants, because of their non-human looks. This was until they become immortal. X-Men are mutants, a subspecies of humans who are born with superhuman abilities activated by the “X-Gene”. They are led by Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, a powerful mutant telepath who can control and read minds.
The Eternals have a vast array of superpowers, Immortality is just one of the many benefits. This makes them different from X-men. Mutants have a specific ability that makes them special. Storm from X-men can control the weather and Cyclops can shoot optic blasts from his eyes. The Eternals, on the other hand, can flight through levitation, superhuman strength, telepathy, teleportation, manipulation of matter, and the ability to shoot cosmic beams from their hands and eyes.
The Eternals will introduce Celestials, maybe even Galactus
Eternals makes them impossible to kill, even if their bodies are destroyed they can simply reform their bodies by bringing their molecules back together. They have a unique ability; the process called “Uni-Mind” This Uni-Mind possess the combined intellect of the Eternals and can take on any other threat that’s endangering the universe.
Ikaris is the first Eternal introduced, she sits neatly in the familiar superhero archetype of straight-arrow team leader. She flies around in a blue, red and yellow costume, and battles villains with her eyebeams.
Makkari is the Mercury analog. He shares his central mantra with Sonic the Hedgehog: He, too, has gotta go fast. Makkari is engineer, constantly inventing new vehicles, but over time, he’s become more of a traditional Flash-style speedster.
The other character includes Sersi which is played by Angelina Jolie. She is the Circe of Greek myth, best known for transforming Odysseus. Sersi continued to live among humans, just because they’re more fun.
The X-Men is started out in 1963. Back then the original X-Men lineup included the X-Men mutants Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Jean Grey, led by Professor X, all with extraordinary powers. It wasn’t until much later that popular X-Men members like Gambit, Wolverine, and more X-Men femme fatal like Rogue, Psylocke, and Storm joined the X-Men team.
Despite the involvement of a legendary creator, the Eternals never really took off with readers. Kirby’s original series was canceled after 19 issues and an annual, and while the intervening years have seen a few short-lived series and the odd team-up with Thor and the Avengers, they’ve never quite stuck. As the Eternals are apart from X-men, will the movie follow the same route and wash out or will they heat things up for Marvel as phase IV goes forward?