With the Infinity Saga coming to a close, Marvel Studios is preparing to launch into an all-new, all-different era beginning with Phase 4. While several properties are going to serve as deeper dives into already established characters and worlds, Eternals is going to introduce new characters and change what we think we know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Eternals were born in the mind of Jack Kirby as Marvel Comics “ancient aliens”: beings of immense power who had protected Earth since the beginning of time. Over the course of history, the Eternals and their enemies, the Deviants, worked their way into the religions and mythologies of many cultures gods and monsters, angels and devils and heroes and villains. Marvel Studios will certainly put their own spin on the characters, but we can still take an opportunity to get to know them here…in 400 words or less!
Arguably the most well-known of the Eternals thanks to her extended time on the roster of the Avengers, Sersi has always enjoyed spending time among the humans, dating back to the time of the Trojan War when she made in her into the story of Odysseus’s 10 year trip back home, through the time of King Arthur and right up until her in New York City in modern times. While all Eternals possess essentially the same power set, Sersi honed her skills of casting illusions and whimsically changing matter from one thing to another. Her talents earned her the reputation as a witch among mankind. During her time with the Avengers, Sersi found herself in the midst of the Kree-Shi’ar War, the mutant conflict on Genosha and even in battles against her own people. She also found herself in a relationship with fellow Avenger, Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight. The character first appeared as the mythological witch, Circe, in Strange Tales #109 and was retconned as an Eternal in Eternals #3.
An interesting character thanks to her ability to seamlessly move back and forth between two very different worlds, Sersi will be one of the leads of 2021’s Eternals where she will be portrayed by Gemma Chan. Chan confirmed that her character will find herself in a bit of a love triangle in the film as long-standing rumors suggested. The film will take place over 7,000 years and cover two different timelines. One will see her long-standing relationship with Richard Madden’s Ikaris develop; the other will take place in the present day and see her pair up with Kit Harrington’s Dane Whitman. It will be interesting to see not only what the pair get up to in this film but what the future holds for the two comic book Avengers!
Eternals will hit theaters November 5th!