Chloé Zhao’s Eternals has finally hit theaters, introducing audiences to an epic team of powerful heroes and exciting new beginnings for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it.
The Eternals are a group of heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.
After the film’s main events came to an end, those who waited patiently in their seats as the credits began to roll were treated to a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene, each with their own implications for the future of the MCU.
Mid-credits scene — Eros
At the end of the film, Thena, Makkari, and Druig left Earth in the Domo to seek out other Eternals in order to tell them the truth about the nature of their existence. As the mid-credit scene opens, the trio has begun their journey, and they’re worried because they haven’t heard from Sersi and the others in weeks (so seemingly they’re unaware that Arishem the Celestial took them).
Suddenly, a troll appears on the ship, followed by a man — who just so happens to be portrayed by Harry Styles! We learn that this is the Prince of Titan, the brother of Thanos, Starfox … also known as Eros. And his sidekick is named Pip. Eros holds up the same kind of round, cosmic ball of energy that Ajak (and subsequently Sersi) had used to communicate with Arishem. He tells them that their friends are in trouble, but he and Pip know where to find them.
So who is Eros? Well, first and foremost, he’s quite the polar opposite to his infamous, aforementioned brother (and also much easier on the eyes). He’s an Eternal that loves life, adventure, and especially the pleasures of romance. Given that the film also displayed a closing message stating that the Eternals will return, we’ll likely see Styles reprise this role as he helps Thena, Makkari, and Druig save the others.
Post-credits scene — The Black Knight
Before Arishem appeared on Earth, reached down, and plucked up Sersi, Dane Whitman had been on the verge of telling her something that he had discovered about his family. We circle back to this in the post-credits scene, where we see Dane standing in front of a large, rectangular case. He has to psych himself up before he finally opens it, and inside of it we see a wrapped sword. The room fills with odd whispers.
He translates the inscription on the inside of the box to English: “Death is my reward.” Then, he hears a voice that belongs to someone that’s off-screen who asks, “You sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?”
The sword in the box is the Ebony Blade, an extremely powerful yet cursed item that will pull out the darkest of urges — like violence and bloodshed — in those who wield it. In the comics, the Ebony Blade was originally forged by Dane’s ancestor, Sir Percy of Scandia, and Merlin (yes, the wizard). It would then be passed down through generations until eventually coming into Dane’s hands, and he would go on to take on the mantle of the Black Knight.
And how about that mysterious voice? Well, after some speculation across the board (like Jeffrey Wright’s Uatu the Watcher — because a cosmic being who isn’t meant to interfere would tie in well with the Eternals), the real truth has been revealed. As confirmed in an interview with Zhao via Fandom, we now know that the the voice was Mahershala Ali, who will be taking on the mantle of Blade in the MCU.
Eternals is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for our review!