As some of the MCU’s most mysterious characters, you’re probably wondering: who are the Eternals?
Here’s an introduction to the mind-reading, matter-manipulating characters who await you at the ODEON on 5th November.
Eternals release date: 5 November 2021
First inked by Marvel artist Jack Kirby in the comic books of the mid-’70s, Sersi is noted for her warmth and empathy towards humankind, moving gracefully among our society as a museum curator – but not afraid to use her matter-manipulating powers to rearrange the face of any Deviant that tries its luck.
Producer and Marvel big man Kevin Feige considers her “the lead” amongst the Eternals cast, while Chan describes her as “grounded and a little bit of a free spirit”.
Oh, and if you hadn’t noticed, she’s hopelessly smitten with Ikaris.
He’s a stand-up guy, but Ikaris isn’t so soft and cuddly.
After centuries spent watching humanity shoot itself in the foot, this airborne Eternal prefers to keep a distance from his foolish charges and get the job done – usually with his laser eyes or augmented strength.
If you saw Madden in Bodyguard, you’ll know he brings emotional depths to even supposed blunt instruments, and as the Scottish actor told GQ, his priority in the Eternals cast was capturing a character who is literally as old as time. “This film is about, ‘OK, so how do they interact with the world now, when they’ve done everything?’”
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Comic book fans will remember the original Ajak as a muscular dude in a funky headdress.
But the gender switcheroo makes sense in the Eternals cast, letting Hayek tap the character’s feminine side as she mothers the team and acts as their conduit to the Celestials who created them.
“She's full of contradictions,” the actress told EW. "She's the bridge between the Eternals and the Celestials, and it's never easy to hold two sides together”.
But be warned: just because Ajak is noble, wise and spiritual, with a superhuman ability to heal, that doesn’t mean she can’t do some serious damage.
While most Eternals live in the shadows, Kingo comes alive in the spotlight, using his aeons on Earth to become Bollywood’s greatest (and suspiciously long-running) star, while keeping the Deviants at bay with cosmic projectiles that erupt from his hands.
Nanjiani has told the Los Angeles Times that he’s tired of “brown dude” roles that require him to be either “nerdy or a terrorist”, and for Kingo he fused the choreography of old Errol Flynn fight scenes with the hard-bitten humour of Die Hard’s John McClane to create a character who is both hard as nails and “full of joy”.
She was born to the gods of Olympia in Ancient Greece, and there’s still a regal quality about Thena, who welcomes her fellow Eternals like she’s found a fly in her soup.
Jolie took intensive ballet lessons to capture the character’s graceful fighting style, while Thena’s ability to conjure the weapon of her choice using cosmic energy led to some leaps of faith during production.
"You feel a little nuts,” the actress admitted to EW. “You're just throwing your hand out as if you're thinking, 'Is that a sword? Is that a spear? Is it a lasso? What am I doing?’ Then you get into it and it gets really fun, but it's a puzzle.”
Also known as Hurricane or Mercury in the comics, and a moonlighting member of the Monster Hunters, Eternals director Chloé Zhao forked left with her casting for this speed-demon Eternal, giving the nod to Walking Dead star Ridloff.
“I love that they decided to make Makkari everything he’s not in the comic books,” she told the New York Times.
“He’s a huge guy, let’s find someone tiny. He’s blond, let’s find someone who has black hair. He’s a man, let’s go with a woman. He’s hearing, and now the character’s deaf.”
From Ghostbusters’ Egon Spengler to Black Panther’s Shuri, every team needs its brainiac inventor.
Step up, Phastos: the genius weapons-smith who ensures the Eternals’ gadgetry stays way ahead of humanity.
In another milestone for the Eternals cast, Phastos is the MCU’s first openly gay character, and while the comics listed the character’s abilities to include teleportation and mind-reading, Henry hinted at more when he appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show: “Wait ’til you see my powers…”
After 7000 years, this ever-mischievous member of the Eternals cast still hasn’t grown out of her love for pranking – even though teen scream queen Lia McHugh points out that Sprite is “very friendly” by nature.
Pint-sized and snub-nosed, Sprite might not be as jacked as her fellow Eternals, but her ability to conjure illusions with her bare hands could be just the thing for disorientating the Deviants.
At the same time, she might be too snarky for her own good. “You know what’s never saved the planet?” says Phastos in the Eternals trailer. “Your sarcasm...”
Debuting in the Marvel comics in 1977, Gilgamesh is all about the brute force: he’s acknowledged as the strongest member of the Eternals cast, and even a match for Thor when it comes to getting the lid off a pickle jar.
It all makes the character a perfect fit for Don Lee, with the Korean actor bringing three decades’ boxing experience to the Eternals fight sequences.
“Gilgamesh is protective over his family and humans, and he has a solid, dependable character that serves his team in battles," Lee told EW.
“At the same time, he's a funny guy and has a sense of humour.”
While the Avengers have Scarlet Witch, the Eternals have Druig: a hero with the ability to slip into an adversary’s mind and play their thoughts like a violin.
In the comic books, Druig occasionally worked as a KGB agent to fulfil the pleasure he took in torture, and as that implies, he’s not exactly the warmest Eternals cast member (in fact, he can be downright aloof).
It falls to Dublin-born actor and Dunkirk star Barry Keoghan to supply the thousand-yard stare.
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