Before the dawn of history, Earth was visited by mighty Space Gods. These Celestials germinated the seed of humanity and created their evolutionary cousins of homo sapiens – Eternals and Deviants. The Deviants are monstrous in appearance and prone to volatility while the Eternals are immortal demi-gods tasked with being mankind’s guardian angels.
Ikaris, Sersi, Thena, Makkari, Phastos, Zuras, Kingo, Ajak, and Sprite are among the 100 Eternals who have lived adjacent to human society for centuries, mistaken for mythic figures. They finally reveal their true nature to humanity in the modern day when the Celestials return!
Now living among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Eternals carry on their mission to protect a world that has been changing since they first set foot on it.
Jack Kirby returned to Marvel in 1975 and created The Eternals, a new mythology inspired by ideas of extraterrestrial beings influencing human history. After the series came to a premature end a year later, creators like Roy Thomas, Mark Gruenwald, and Ralph Macchio shepherded the characters and concepts into becoming integral components of the Marvel Universe.
Marvel have relaunched and reinvented the Eternals a few times over the decades with short-lived success. Aside from breakout characters like Sersi, who joined the Avengers in the 90s, the Eternals have remained largely cult favorites until now. Thanks to their entry into the MCU and a new ongoing series, the Eternals are enjoying a renewed interest and a level of prominence like never before.
The Eternals cosmology is “go big or go home.” Loud colors, bold glyphs, big hats, all the superpowers. There are equal parts wonder and camp to these characters and their world which is so much deeper than one might expect. The hierarchy of Celestial, Eternal, Human, and Deviant produces so many fascinating relationships as they interact with each other. Sersi’s lighthearted love of humanity, Kro and Thena’s forbidden romance, Deviant politics, or Ajak and Makkari’s special connection to the Space Gods – these all speak to the power of this material.
Though the Eternals can be as unsubtle as rock on the surface, their veins are lined with precious gold.