The following story contains treats for Marvel’s Eternal (2021).
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Eternal was that, in the end, not all the Eternals were such good guys. While the movie spends much of its 2.5 hours + playing time introducing viewers to these new creatures and their years of friendships, relationships and ties, it seems like almost all the characters either look up to or fall in love with Ikaris (Richard Madden), the Superman-like de facto leader of the group. In the comics, Ikaris is a He-Man-like hero who almost always does the right thing and saves the day; so it comes as a shock to everyone in the movie when it turns out that he is actually the movie’s de facto villain, responsible for the murder of Ajak (Salma Hayek) and essentially trying to end the planet Earth and human life bring.
There are many stories to cover Eternal, but let’s put it all basically in a nutshell: the Eternals were created by Arishem, a giant being in the sky who oversees the creation of almighty beings called Heavenly. While the Eternals at the center of the story believe they are organic creatures, a twist basically reveals that they are super-advanced robots. Quite strange! In any case, Arishem wants the Eternals to make sure that “The Emergency”, which happens on Earth, takes place, and that a new heaven can be born. It would be basically good for the universe, but bad for planet Earth, which destroys the planet and wipes out the human race.
Most of the Eternals, led by Sersi (Gemma Chan), eventually agree that it is wrong and try to go against Arishem and stop it; Ikaris is still loyal to the giant creature in the air and goes against them. After a battle, Ikaris is bound, and when all the Eternals put their forces together (a “Uni-Mind”) behind Sersi, they are able to stop the Rise and turn the new heaven into marble, which the Earth save. Ikaris, after that, feels extreme guilt — he flies off the planet, directly into the sun.
I think he’s dead? Quite hard to survive that one. But whatever it is, it makes up for Sersi to have a pretty clean relationship with Dane Whitman (Kit Harington), who, it turns out, has a secret of his own. Uh Oh. But a bunch of the Eternals are floating in space anyway, so we’ll put a pin in it all for now.
But let’s dive a little deeper into the whole Ikaris thing, shall we?
So, Ikaris killed himself when he flew into the sun Eternal or what?
“What is the melting point of an Eternal? How long does it take to literally melt an Eternal robot?” he said. “For what it’s worth … yes, it’s always been like that. He can not bear to look his family in the eye at what he did, what he realized.”
“I do not think Icarus at first thinks he is wrong. I think he has just so much regret. He is very sorry. I think he is sorry for the way he has lived his whole life on this planet, and it is a big burden to carry, “he explained.” So really, that act is basically to say, ‘I made a mistake, but I can not face my family, and I can not go on. do not live ‘. “
“It started as an exile that I think, over the course of the filmmaking, really became something that should have been definitive. It’s really a moment to say, ‘This is sacrifice.’ It’s kind of saying, “I can not serve the Eternals. If I can not serve the Celestials, and I can not be with my family, then I choose this third option,” which — for him — is truly forgotten “So yes, he’s dead.”
There is also the whole not-exactly-subtle reference to Greek mythology; you must have heard the phrase “Icarus flew too close to the sun.” That story is about someone who created his own wings out to gain the power of flight before literally flying too close to the sun before they melted and he fell and died; this Ikaris simply overestimated its place in the world and power. Both are cases of overconfidence.
But let us not act as if these things can not be reconnected, or have similar things in the past. Do you think Marvel really planned to bring Red Skull back? Captain America: The First Avenger 7 full years later, played by another actor, for Avengers: Infinity War? Probably not. Nor is it exclusive to the MCU – part of the glory of Comic Book storytelling, and the film and television based on it, is that any new writer or creative storyteller can basically go back and reform whatever it is to to suit their tastes.
Even look at something that was not necessarily life or death, like the status of Mjolnir in the MCU. In thor: ragnarok, Taika Waititi had Mjolnir destroyed in a way to teach Thor basically as a character that he does not need to be defined by his weapon of choice and dignity, Mjolnir. The Russo Brothers then basically wrote that Thor it did need a weapon to have a chance against Thanos Infinity War, give him the ax-breaker and then he finds Mjolnir again Endgame. Both things worked! This is nota classic cartoon-style move to get every creator to do what they want with the character and how they interact with the world around them.
Is Ikaris returning to the MCU soon?
Coincidentally, just like Eternal landed on Disney +, rumors began circulating online that Ikaris could make a surprising return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
These rumors were rooted in the fact that a TikTok user mentioned Emmy Kennard said in a post that her stunt double brother would play a returning MCU character in his next role; the only MCU role so far for her brother, Joe Kennard, is for Richard Madden as Ikaris in Eternal.
Now, of course, this does not confirm anything by far; if you look at Kennard is IMDB, you can see that he also doubled for actor Wyatt Russell in Dominant. The way her post is phrased – “When your brother is a stunt double and his next job is a character returning to the MCU” – makes it kind of sound like he’s a else character and actor. It could very well be Russell’s John Walker / US Agent, who in 2021’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and will probably be part of the following Captain America Movie.
We will have to wait and see. It could still be a returning Ikaris — the Eternals are basically super-advanced robots, so they can always just repair his burned body or, you know, build another one. There’s also the whole multiverse corner, so we could see a “variant” Ikaris. Who knows! Lots of food for thought, really, but none of it is off the table.
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