Who are ETERNALS? Are they stronger than AVENGERS?
The Eternals are finally officially on board. After Chloe Zhao’s Oscar dominance, Marvel unveiled the first footage of the first blockbuster. It’s neither a trailer nor a teaser, but part of an overall clip reel! Originally meant to release in November 2020, the Marvel sci-fi blockbuster was delayed for a year. But, even without a trailer, the curiosity over the Eternals has never wavered!
Even long-time Marvel fans might not know who exactly the Eternals are? After all, they only first appeared in a relatively limited comic book in the mid-1970s and 80s. Equally, it’s a grand quest because the Eternals are not just a race of people or just a group of superheroes, but they are so much more! So, let’s get into the basics. WHO ARE THE ETERNALS?
Eternals came into existence millions of years ago when ‘the thousands of feet tall’ CELESTIALS created them. The Celestials are ancient Cosmic God-like beings of the Marvel universe and have a “Thing” for experimenting with weaker life-forms. Let’s first get into a little detail about who they exactly are and what we know about them.
Who are the Celestials?
They first appeared in the Eternals issue 2 in August 1976. The king of comics, Jack Kirby, created them himself. Most Gods have powers beyond imagination, but we don’t know exactly where they came from. Although we have several origin theories, they contradict each other and don’t line up Marvel continuity.
One theory says, they are survivors from a previous universe. Another claims that they were created, and someway linked to eternity. A theory indeed mentions fulcrum, the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe, as their creator. It further states that they served him to maintain the cosmic balance.
Anyway, regardless of whether fulcrum created the Celestials or not, let’s move to the best detailing of their origins given in Ultimates 2, (Issue 6). There it points, the first firmaments, which practically means the heavens or sky had actually created them. The first firmament is the very first universe to exist in marvel. There was eternity and with the same token, there was the primary firmament:
THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING!
In Issue 6, the Firmament says,
“In the beginning, there was only one universe, that is I. My universe was perfect and yet I was only I alone, and moved by that loneliness, I made an error at the very dawn of all, that is or was I made life!”
-OHH, so Celestials are all an error! A mistake!
The firmament created the celestials as its servants! But soon they made servants of their own. They still worship firmament, which it liked, so it designated them as ‘aspirants.’
But few of them wanted their creations to develop. These multicolored rebels wanted them to gain the powers of the universes and desired the universe to evolve with them. So, no change and growth in mortality, it was sacrilege and insanity. It was a war. The conflict that shattered the firmament into pieces.
In terror to safeguard its distinctiveness, the first firmament deliberately fled to the distant edges of beings with the remaining aspirants inside it. But in the wake of it, those universes came together, forming a new collective unit, a second cosmos in the first of a new breed.
The first multiverse!
The demise of the multiverse led to the birth of another. The multiverse’s renascent birth over and over again, evolved even further with each recurrence. They evolved and advanced till they constructed eternity itself. This also gives us a fanciful explanation of why elements keep varying in comics with characters and continuity.
X-MEN (Issue 61) has another, a different adaptation of origin. Here, the character Sage says that the celestials were there at the birth of the universe. But they were lonely. So they shaped creations and made life from the darkness. And believing in life, there must be death. Therefore, they created monsters to be that ‘destruction’. The monsters eventually turned on them and Celestials couldn’t defeat them. So, they imposed them by splitting the universe into the multiverse for trapping the monsters inside.
No matter what the origin is, one thing is for sure, the Celestials are a race of god-like engineers that took it upon themselves to experiment on lower life forms. Because of this, they handle humankind’s potential to have super humans’ powers and that is comparable to Avengers. They created one hundred Eternals and one hundred Deviants.
How the Celestials created the Eternals?
“It all began with the coming of the Gods to Earth when it was populated only by the beasts of the field! Still, it was the presence of life which drew these comics beings to this planet. Their huge space vessel surveyed the land—and descended.”
The comic goes on to say,
“It was then that the Gods proceeded with their mission…That chose to change the density of a life-form new to the evolutionary chain—The Ape!”
So those nasty bullies, the Celestials, trapped the specimen and took it to life for their experiment.
Now, the next part is crucial as it’s literally the beginning of humans for the Marvel Universe. Once they start experimenting on the ape the comic says,
“Only the instruments of the gods could do what was done in that momentous time! To the ape was given the comic chemistry that would father the race to come!”
The evolutionary process was changed and the dawn ape became the common ancestor to three powerful new species.
First is the Deviants, an ever-changing and destructive failure that is structurally unstable. Each new generation of Deviants appears in different and monstrous forms. They’re also all about constant war. Then we have the humans and the Eternals. These Eternals were more of a child of the Gods than of the Earth. They were resistant to death and time like the Gods; they lived distinctively from all other living beings.
So, this was how Eternals, Deviants, and Humans were created. While the humans took over the earth; the Eternals took to the highest mountain-tops. They probe the universe with their minds and soon developed superpowers that surpassed those of other life on earth.
Are Eternals Stronger than Avengers?
Another fun fact that you may not know; Thanos is part of the Deviants. Thanos stormed from the ruined planet of Titan. Many Eternals and their enemies, the Deviants lived on the Titan. Thanos was born of two eternals, A’lars and Sui-San but he inherited the deviant gene because they carried a mutant variant gene. So, he is regarded as a combination of Eternals and Deviants. Their lineage is mixed, as both were creations of the Celestials. And currently, the biggest mystery of Eternals movie is the Deviants. They keep its Deviant villain a secret!
Although the Eternals look human by nature, they have the powers of superhumans. Their body is resistant to age and disease and can develop certain powers to their interests. They are far more powerful because of their abilities in energy projection, flight, mind control, illusions, teleportation, transmutation, and force-field generation! They can also heal themselves from wounds. It will take a lot to kill them.
Apart from that, they have specific individual powers. For instance, Thanos barely bled in Avengers Infinity Wars. Makkari uses the cosmic energy available to run at insanely fast speeds.
Can the Eternals win in a direct tussle with Avengers? Most likely! Despite the fact that they are both superhumans, Eternals can merge their bodies, minds, and consciousness to create the Uni-mind, while the Avengers are an eccentric group that seldom gets along. So the Eternals are definitely very powerful and can be stronger than the Avengers in a direct conflict. But, it also depends on how Avengers work as a single unit.
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