Eternals: Post-Credit Scenes Explained
The next hit MCU movie Eternals – directed by acclaimed director Chloe Zhao - has just hit theatres across the globe and it has been met with extremely mixed reviews. Most fans seem to love it but the critics not so much because the film is actually the lowest score of any MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes. In all honesty, the film is great! We advise not to listen to the critics on this one as the film is full of great characters, a compelling enough story and a sprinkle MCU humour.
The film being over 2 and a half hours long was fitting as it had to introduce a wide range of things all in one go and we feel it did this well enough. We got a great introduction to all the characters and by the end had an idea that we would be no doubt seeing these characters appear again sometime in the future.
One of the biggest talking points for the film was the two post-credit scenes shown after the movie had ended and in typical MCU fashion, the two scenes built up more excitement and mystery for the future of the Eternals characters in the MCU.
*WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Post-Credit Scene One:
By the end of the movie, the Eternals had prevented the destruction of Earth by stopping the emergence of the sleeping Celestial, Tiamut and after finding out their true purpose they eventually split up with Thena (Angelina Jolie), Druig (Barry Keoghan) and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) all taking off into space to find more Eternals and explain their origins and the rest – consisting of Sersi (Gemma Chan), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Sprite (Lia McHugh) who was now just a human – staying put on Earth. Just before the credit’s role, the Celestial Arishem appears before the Eternals on Earth and mysteriously whisks them away.
Thena, Makkari and Druig are all in deep space and become concerned that they have not heard from any of their fellow Eternals and have no idea where they could have “disappeared” to. Then they’re surprised by two characters making their debut in the MCU, those being Pip the Troll (played by Patton Owsald) and Eros aka Starfox (played by Harry Styles). Eros reveals he is an Eternal and claims to know where the others have been taken by Arishem thanks to a golden sphere that communicates with Celestials, similar to the one Ajak (played by Selma Hayek) possessed.
Starfox (via: Marvel Entertainment)
Who are Eros and Pip the Troll?
Eros better known as Starfox was created by iconic comics creator Jim Starlin and is the younger brother of Thanos. Starfox has worked with teams such as the Avengers and the Guardians Of The Galaxy and has all the standard powers of an Eternal but has the unique power of being able to manipulate the “pleasure” centres of the brains of people within 25 feet. Unlike his brother, Starfox is a force for good and actor Harry Styles has reportedly signed on to appear in five movies in the MCU meaning that Starfox is here to stay for a while.
Pip the Troll (via: Marvel Entertainment)
Pip The Toll was also created by Jim Starlin and has featured in many of Marvel’s cosmic adventures in the comics. He has the power of teleportation thanks to being in the possession of the Space Gem at one point in time and can also locate any individual no matter where they are in the universe. Pip has been a member of the Infinity Watch and is a very close associate with another Marvel character debuting in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 movie, Adam Warlock (played by Will Poulter). Could we see Starfox and Pip potentially showing up in the movie too? We are very hopeful.
Post-Credit Scene Two:
For those of you who simply saw Sersi’s love interest Dane Whitman (played by Kit Harrington) as an ordinary human with no superpowers, think again! Dane teased his family’s complicated history in a conversation with Sersi just before she was snatched up by Arishem at the end of the movie and casual audience goers probably thought little of it but you should know by now that the MCU is full of teasers.
The second post-credit scene shows us Dane Whitman opening a box containing a sword and as he reaches out to grab it a mysterious voice off-screen says “Are you sure you’re ready for that Mr Whitman?” and the screen goes black with some text appears saying “the Eternals will return”.
The Ebony Blade
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What was that sword that Dane Whitman was going to grab? It was the Ebony Blade. The Ebony Blade is a magical weapon forged by Merlin and Sir Percy from the Starstone meteorite. It is enchanted to cut through any object and can deflect magic attacks however it also carries a curse. The curse slowly corrupts the wielder and causes a lust for violence and death and the blade can only be wielded by people with an impure heart as it draws out their negative emotions until they become bloodthirsty beings. Think of the Ebony Blade as the opposite to Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.
In the comics, Dane Whitman is most notably known for being the Black Knight, a famous superhero who has been a member of the Avengers and we have absolutely no doubt that we will see Kit Harrington suit up as the Black Knight in future MCU films.
The Mysterious Voice
Who was speaking to Dane at the end of the scene? So many people were confused by this until director Chloe Zhao revealed that it was in fact Blade (played by Mahershala Ali). Zhao was actually quoted in saying “That was the voice of one of my favourite superheroes, Mr Blade himself. Blade, Blade, Blade, yeah!” via Fandom
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Ahead of his own solo film set for release sometime in 2023, this is Blade first official appearance in the MCU and it teases a potential team up with Black Knight in the future. Blade’s inclusion was an incredibly surprising yet exciting moment and only builds up more hype for the MCU.
(via: Marvel Entertainment)
What did you think of the Eternals? When do you think we will see these characters again? Which post-credit scene made you more excited? Let us know in the comments below.