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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry when he confirmed early development had begun to introduce Jack Kirby's Eternals into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If an Eternals feature film were to happen, it would take place following Avengers 4, which is set to bring this iteration of the MCU to a close next year.
The Eternals may not be a household name at the moment, but Marvel Studios claims to have plans for the evolutionary offshoot of humanity to be its next big franchise, as newer properties are set to be introduced. When asked about the Eternals, Feige had this to say: “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."
This may explain why the characters and their creators, the Celestials, are getting the spotlight in Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness' current Avengers run.
After years of not being featured in a comic, the Eternals were name-dropped in Avengers #3, before making their debut in Issue #4. However, the Eternals' appearance is shortlived, as Iron Man and Doctor Strange discover the powerful beings dead in their home of Olympia. The only survivor is Ikaris, who uses what is possibly his final breath to bring Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man, into their cosmic fold.
The Eternals And Celestials, Explained
If you happened to pick up Avengers #4 and have no clue who the Eternals are, then you can thank Iron Man for the easy-to-digest explainer on the group's history, and their connection to the gigantic space gods, Celestials. According to Iron Man, the Eternals were created by the Celestials and left on Earth to watch over humanity. If the stories are true, the Eternals and Earth's Mightiest Heroes have a lot in common, as their both byproducts of the Celestials' scientific experimentation, resulting in the large outbreak of superhuman individuals occupying the Marvel Universe.
Now, with the Final Host arriving to eradicate Earth, the former guinea pigs of the Celestials are found dead. Did the army of Dark Celestials stomp out what they might consider a failed experiment? Could this be a coincidence? Doctor Strange doesn't believe so, after witnessing alien insects known as The Horde nesting inside the Earth. No, there is more to this mystery, and Ikaris is able to provide some clues while also raising all new questions.