Spoilers to follow for Marvel’s Eternals.
The Eternals, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest superheroes, have arrived with one of the most bizarre chapters in MCU history. It features a creation story with almighty creatures called Celestials, a cosmic adventure, beautifully strange villains called Deviants, themes of colonialism and our new heroes, who just save the Earth on their own without seeing Avengers.
Speaking of, where were Earth’s mightiest heroes? Surely they knew about the catastrophic event in the middle of this movie, right?
The two post-credits scenes added to the film answer those and other pressing questions, including who exactly ticked the Eternals off when they disobeyed orders from their commander Celestial.
Credits scenes have become a Marvel tradition for teasing new characters or plugging in future movies, or a combination of the two. The Eternalsa few follow. One introduces a new character who sets up the Eternals’ next quest. The other, well, brings back a beloved character while laying the groundwork for the future of the MCU.
What’s happening inside? Eternals’ mid credits scene
At the end of Eternals, the team splits up. Three members – Thena (Angelina Jolie), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) – go to space and try to help other planets that may be in danger. Three others – Sersi (Gemma Chan), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), and Phastos (Bryan Tyree Henry) – remain on Earth to continue their earthly lives as immortal beings. Sprite (Lia McHugh), the last member of the surviving Eternals, remains on Earth, but chooses to become human. Everything seems fine…until it isn’t.
The problem is that the Celestial Arishem, who created the Eternals of the Earth, is really mad that they foiled his plan to sacrifice the Earth to give a new Heavenly birth. Furious with the Eternals who defied him, he captures the three Earth-based Eternals and vows that they will face his judgment or some sort of cosmic wrath.
That’s how the movie ends.
The credits scene continues, with the Space Eternals sensing that something is wrong – and that someone is teleporting to their ship. This just happens to be Eros (aka Starfox), played by singer and former One Direction member Harry Styles, along with his sidekick (who appears to be the character Pip the Troll). Eros tells the team that he too is an Eternal, and he knows how to help them get their friends back.
The big advantage of the scene is that Harry Styles is now part of the MCU as Eros, Thanos’ brother. In the comic books, Eros is imbued with the same kind of cosmic superpowers that all Eternals have. He can also control people’s emotions, a power set that can be somewhat problematic depending on how he’s written. It’s not entirely clear how Marvel will adapt Eros’ powers in the MCU, as it modified some of the Eternals abilities as the heroes made the jump to the live-action movie.
The appearance of Eros also marks the beginning of a Eternals continuation. They need his help to find their friends and defeat someone as powerful as Arishem. But can Eros be trusted?
What’s happening inside? Eternals’ scene after credits
At the end of the film, when Arishem grabs Sersi, her boyfriend Dane Whitman (Kit Harrington) is about to tell her a secret. The nasty kidnapping gets in the way, but we discover the secret in the post-credits scene.
Cut to Dane in a fancy room, facing a menacing sword. The blade, while sturdy metal, is also infused with a cloudy material that appears to respond to human touch. Just as Dane wants to touch it, a disembodied voice stops him and asks if he’s ready. The voice certainly sounds like Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury (although the scene was very short and the voice abrupt).
The primary revelation here is that Dane is a potential superhero. In the comic books, Dane becomes the Avenger known as Black Knight who wields a sword called the Ebony Blade. It is a magical and mystical sword that can cut through any object, defend the user from magic, absorb souls and do all kinds of weird things. Unfortunately, it also carries a curse that predisposes its wearer to bloodshed – hence the foreboding nature of the sword.
The voice is also important. For so many Marvel movie post-credits, Nick Fury’s presence was linked to recruiting new members. With the departures of Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow, his return seems to indicate that some form of the Avengers are back in action, and/or that Nick Fury is bringing together some new potential members of the team, including a Dane Whitman .