The arrival of Eternals could do the Avengers unnecessary in the MCU. In less than a month, Marvel Studios is launching a whole new team of superheroes thanks to the highly anticipated blockbuster of Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, Eternals. Created by the Celestials, they were sent to Earth to protect humans from Deviants. The Eternals, some of Marvel’s most powerful characters, have been around for thousands of years, but this is the first time they will make their presence known.
The main MCU Eternals team is made up of 10 heroes, and Marvel Studios has assembled a star-studded cast to play them. Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sersi (Gemma Chan), and Druig (Barry Keoghan) initially functioned as a unit. But after a few centuries they decided to go their separate ways and they haven’t reunited since. Smart Hulk’s reverse snap (Mark Ruffalo) Avengers: Endgame inadvertently triggered the mysterious Emergence, forcing the team to regroup. It’s currently unclear what this new MCU tragedy entails, but it looks serious enough, to the point that the Eternals are being called back to work.
Eternals has a lot to present, with a runtime longer than Infinity war, and given the looming introduction, once the titular heroes make themselves known after a long time in the shadows, there will be no turning back; they will become public figures. This is good news for the MCU because it means they can fully explore the characters in the future, but not so much for the Avengers. The franchise’s first superhero team is dubbed Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, although the events of Avengers: Infinity War and End of Game makes them galactic heroes. Either way, the main job of the Avengers is to protect Earth from threats. When the Eternals finally emerge from their hiding places, they can openly act as protectors of humans, essentially taking over as Earth’s superhero team. This makes the Avengers useless since the Eternals, with their different powers, might be more effective at the same job, mainly because cosmic beings are more powerful.
There is an argument that if the Eternals had revealed themselves from the start, the Avengers might not have even reunited at all. Instead of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) placing all his hopes on the possibility that his individual rookies would work well together, he could have reached out to the Eternals when the invasion of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) became clear. Relying on them is undoubtedly a much less risky decision, because since then ensuring the security of mankind has been their mandate. They are aware of their mission and are committed to accomplishing it whatever the circumstances. On top of that, the Eternals have also been a team for thousands of years, so their camaraderie has been tried and tested, increasing their chances of defeating Loki, who is arguably the MCU’s most important hero in Phase 4. , or any other opponent. . From there, Fury could have just sat down and let the Eternals function as the Defenders of Earth.
Inevitably, the Avengers and the Eternals will intersect in the MCU. When that happens, it’s curious what kind of dynamic the teams would have with each other. While cosmic beings know about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, as Zhao’s movie trailers reveal, the Avengers have no idea each other exists. For what it’s worth, it’s currently unclear who the asset is Avengers on the heels of the Infinity saga because each potential member is currently busy with his own adventures. So in the meantime it wouldn’t help the Eternals to take over Earth defense tasks while they sort their list.