The Eternals may be the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Avengers 4 expected to serve as the final chapter for several heroes, the addition of a new franchise rumored to be in development will hopefully refresh the MCU with new characters and storylines for years to come.
Created by the legendary Jack Kirby, the Eternals are a race of super-powered immortals genetically engineered by space gods known as the Celestials. The Eternals dwell in many places in the Marvel Universe, including Earth. Some of the Eternals have even become Avengers.
Rumors of Marvel Studios working on an Eternals film began to pick up steam back in April. Matthew and Ryan Firpo, two rising names in Hollywood, have been hired to pen the script. According to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, The Eternals could explore the history of the MCU. Their presence was briefly hinted at in Avengers: Infinity War with the mention of Thanos' father, A'lars.
Due to the Eternals' deep connections to Thanos as well as other aspects of the MCU, they could fit perfectly into Phase 4, introducing a number of interesting characters that could take on important roles in the MCU.
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Over the years, the Eternals have starred in numerous comic book titles, and have been featured as guest-stars in other comics, such as The Avengers, Iron Man, and Thor. Always at the lead of the Eternals is Ikaris. In stories strictly about the Eternals, Ikaris is generally the main character. While the MCU doesn't necessarily have to follow in the footsteps of the comics, it's hard to imagine that an Eternals movie would ignore Ikaris.
The other Eternals look to Ikaris in the same way that Asgardians view Thor. Though Odin is the ruler of Asgard, it's Thor who they expect to fight their enemies. The same is true with Ikaris. When the Eternals are threatened, it's always up to Ikaris to save them. In the first Eternals story—which could end up as the plot of the film—Ikaris spent thousands of years preparing for the arrival of the Celestials, who he knew would come to Earth to pass judgment on their creations.
As Ikaris is mainly recognized just as "the hero" of the Eternals series whose only goal is to save the day, fans can expect an Eternals movie to add extra layers to the character. If Ikaris does serve as the film's protagonist, he could very well become the face of the Eternals franchise, just like Iron Man was for The Avengers, potentially making Ikaris one of Phase 4's most important characters.
Ransak the Reject & Karkas
When the Celestials created the Eternals, they also created the Deviants, a genetic offshoot of the Eternals who look less like humans and more like monsters. Unlike the Eternals, the Deviants are able to blend in with humankind and are forced to live underground. Most Deviants are considered enemies of the Eternals, but two, in particular, are counted as friends. Karkas and Ransak the Reject are an interesting pair who are part of the core group of characters in the Eternals comics.
Treated as outcasts, the two are constant companions, despite being polar opposites. The wise and extremely articulate Karkas is a large, imposing, red monster with the "soul of a poet". Ransak is a savage fighter with a genetic defect. Ransak has the physical appearance of a human, so he is shunned by his fellow Deviants, but is considered to be attractive by Eternal—and human—females.
The unlikely friendship between Karkas and Ransak has produced many fun moments in the comics. Could the two Deviants be the MCU's next fan-favorite bromance?
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