Eternals Ending Explained When Movie Comes to Disney Plus: Marvel Links, Sequel Tips

Group photo of the Eternals

Eternals is available to watch on Disney Plus.

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eternal arrived at Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhaohit movie Disney Plus on Wednesday. Diving into the cosmic stories of Marvel comics, he presents a new group of immortal superheroes who have lived peacefully on Earth for centuries, fighting mortal Deviants and helping human civilization progress.

The movie takes place after Avengers: Endgame, when billions of missing people have returned after a five-year absence and the world is suddenly feeling very crowded. We’ll also have a separate article delving into the post-credits scenes if you want to jump right into them.

It’s time to step into the cosmic end, here comes the SPOILER.


your true purpose

This is tricky, so let’s take a look at the film’s previous reveals to get it all figured out. If you just want to know what happens in the end, go straight to the “Emergency averted” section.

After the wise leader Ajak (Salma Hayek) is killed by the Deviants, Sersi (Gemma Chan) is elevated to the role of Prime Eternal and the Celestial Arishem reveals the true nature of the group’s mission on Earth in one of the slightly overwhelming plot dumps of the film. .

New Celestials – ancient, god-like entities with incredible matter and energy manipulation abilities – are created by seeding planets and allowing life to flourish on that world. The energy of living beings allows the Celestial to grow and finally come out of its planetary shells, a time known as Emergence. That world is destroyed in the process, which seems a little rude.

Arishem the Celestial in Marvel's Eternals

Celestials like Arishem aren’t too concerned with the survival of the human race.

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The concept was used in 1999 Earth-X comic book, which takes place in the grim dystopian version of the Marvel Universe.

Deviants were originally sent to the planets to kill predators and allow life to spread so there would be enough energy for the Celestials to emerge, but they went out of control and were slaughtered indiscriminately.

The Eternals believe they are from the world of Olympia, but are actually synthetic beings created by the Celestials at the World Forge and sent to wipe out the Deviants (meaning that one creation was sent to stop another). Their memories are erased after each Emergence, and they are sent to a new planet to do it all over again.

Thena (Angelina Jolie) occasionally loses control and tries to kill allies because she is afflicted with Mahd Wy’ry (pronounced “crazy tired”), a disease caused by the return of erased memories. Like any computer, it is difficult to erase data completely.


Thena struggles to hold her together for much of the film.

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Emergence of Earth

The Earth Eternals were responsible for ensuring the Celestial Tiamut could grow deep within the Earth’s crust and come out when the time was right, but Prime Eternal Ajak was the only one aware of his true mission. She revealed this to second-in-command Ikarus (Richard Madden), who believes her desire to stop Tiamut’s Emergence is a betrayal of her mission and will prevent the birth of billions of beings through the next Celestial seeding process.

Here’s the movie’s connection to Avengers: Endgame – Thanos’ Snap delayed Emergency because it erased much of the life energy Tiamut would have used. When Hulk brought back the lost half of the population, that energy returned and the Celestial prepared for its Emergence.

Which makes you wonder why the Celestials didn’t order the Eternals to aid in the battle against Thanos, as the villain’s machinations interfered with their plans.


Thanos unknowingly saved Earth from destruction.

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Ajak’s team believed they had wiped out all Deviants on Earth, but Ikarus discovered some that were frozen in ice and went unnoticed. The beasts thawed, and Ikarus killed his boss by pushing her into his lair.

Deviant leader Kro stole Ajak’s healing powers while killing her and decided he wanted to take the rest of the Eternals’ abilities (yum yum). He does this to Gilgamesh and nearly takes Thena to the conclusion of the film, but she manages to cut him off at the last second.

If the Deviants’ plot feels like a non-sequitur, it’s because they’ve served as little more than a distraction for the other Eternals, while Ikarus makes sure the Emergence can happen.

emergency avoided

After discovering that Ikarus is responsible for the death of Ajak, Sersi, Thena, Kingo, Makkari, Druig and Phastos resolve to stop the Emergency. However, the eternally young Sprite (Lia McHugh) decides to join Ikarus because she has liked him for centuries.

Ikarus and Sprite try to protect Tiamut as he emerges in the Indian Ocean, but are outmatched by their former teammates. Sersi leads her allies in the formation of a Unimind – where an Eternal’s abilities are supercharged using the party’s energy – and her matter transmutation power is increased to 11. Tiamut, whose power was also drawn to the Unimind, freezes. in the middle of time. Emergency.

This apparently kills him and saves Earth, but there is a dead Celestial giant sticking out of the sea (which will make an excellent background for tourist selfies).

Ikarus in Marvel's Eternals

Ikarus’ Superman-style powers aren’t enough to stop his former teammates.

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a sunny death

Thrilled after being dragged into the Unimind, a tearful Ikarus tells Sersi he’s sorry and flies off into the sun – which seems like a pretty dramatic way to prove his regret is sincere. The treacherous Eternal apparently burns when it reaches the star.

Sersi offers to use her temporarily augmented powers to turn Sprite into a human, which will let her age and have a family. The young-looking Eternal accepts, but she doesn’t like the idea of ​​going to school like a normal kid (school would be too boring for someone who’s lived several lifetimes). It also allows for teen actress Lia McHugh to return to the role, as the character may look older in future appearances.

spreading the truth

Thena, Makkari and Druig decide that they will track down Eternals on other planets, to reveal their origins and the fact that their mission dooms the inhabitants of the host world.

“The truth will set you free,” Makkari says before taking the team’s ship to the galaxy.

We’ll get in touch with them again in the movie’s post-credits scene, but the Eternals left on Earth have another problem…

Sersi in Marvel's Eternals

Sersi doesn’t get away with killing Tiamut.

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An angry Celestial

Sersei returns home to London and picks up her human boyfriend Dane Whitman (Kit Harington). He prepares to tell her about his “complicated” family history, but is interrupted by the dramatic appearance of a Celestial above Earth.

Arishem plucks Sersei, Phastos, and Kingo from Earth, telling them he’s annoyed that they killed Tiamut, but plans to spare his adopted world for the moment (which seems super nice of him). He’ll delve deep into our story by scanning his memories, then decide if it’s worth surviving.

“And I will return, for judgment,” he says ominously.

It’s probably not great that a lot of Sersei’s recent memories are about her adventures on social media – that’s not exactly us at our best.

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What does it mean

Considering how convoluted the movie’s plot was, the resolution seems pretty straightforward – it mainly served to set up the Celestials as a major threat to MCU Phase 4. A sequel will likely see the Eternals free their allies from Arishem at the World Forge (this plot could also develop into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

Despite Makkari’s belief that other Eternals will reject his mission once they learn the truth, it might not be that simple. Like Ikarus, they might think that the countless trillions of lives created by the Celestials’ seeding process far outweigh the billions wiped out by the Emergence.

It’s a rather fascinating moral conundrum. Kingo believed in the mission the Celestials had given them, but decided to remain loyal to his friends instead of teaming up with the assassin Ikarus. Phew, it would have been pretty devastating to watch the delicious Kumail Nanjiani go bad.

Even though Ikarus apparently self-immolated, it’s possible he might return. In the comics, the fallen Eternals are resurrected using an Activation Chamber located in Antarctica – the comic book counterpart of the character was revived this way in writer Kieron Gillen. Current Eternals comic book series.

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