Eternals is an odd installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s primarily based on obscure characters with one of the weirdest backstories in comics, and includes a race of creator gods who look like massive bulky robot toys.
So in some methods, it is sensible that Eternals would have perhaps the weirdest ending of any Marvel movie but — it’s bought a post-credits scene for a remaining scene, and a transparent path towards an Eternals 2 (or perhaps even a bigger Avengers 5-ish crossover occasion). Even nonetheless, the ending to the movie would possibly depart even the most important MCU followers scratching their heads. Right here’s the best way to start to parse out what occurred on the finish of the Eternals, primarily based on the movie continuity and a little bit of comics lore.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Eternals.]
What occurs on the finish of Eternals?
The ultimate scenes of Eternals play out as common for an ensemble blockbuster. The large risk (the delivery of Tiamut and the destruction of Earth) has been prevented, and our heroes are left to kind out the results of that battle on their relationships.
In self-imposed penance for turning in opposition to Arishem, Ikaris hurls himself into the solar. Kingo, who sat out the ultimate battle, adopts Sprite — who’s now only a mortal human child with the recollections of an Everlasting and has to attend regular human faculty with a standard human cellphone. And Sersi goes on a stroll within the park along with her regular human boyfriend, Dane Whitman.
Dane is nearly to drop some shocking news on Sersi about his personal darkish secret when unexpectedly issues cease being so fortunately ever after.
Arishem, the Eternals’ robotic dad, scoops Sersi and a number of other different characters out into house with him — some who participated in killing Tiamut, and a few who didn’t, like Kingo and Sprite. They had been all very naughty, and they’re so, so grounded. Arishem is taking them away for some time, however says that he’ll return to Earth in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later, to guage whether or not or not they had been proper, and if humanity’s potential was really value greater than the potential of the worlds and galaxies Tiamut may need created.
After which the movie ends.
However what does that imply for Eternals 2?
Evaluating the potential value or moral mettle of a complete planet of sentients is among the many issues that Celestials are most known for in Marvel Comics. In a approach, the ending of Eternals is extra like how most Marvel Comics superheroes first encounter Celestials: As humongous and ineffable cosmic judges.
One of Eternals’ post credits scenes additional signifies that the subsequent time we see the Eternals, they’ll be involved with no matter Arishem has deliberate, as Druig, Thena, and Makkari meet a few uncommon allies who say they may also help them find their lacking pals. That could be in a sequel to Eternals, or it might probably be one thing extra.
In any case, what’s a bigger risk than Thanos, the outcast Eternal? Properly, there’s all the time the nigh-omnipotent Celestials who created the Eternals within the first place. And definitely Marvel writers have found ways to bring the superheroic universe together with the extra cosmic components over time.