Warning: Spoilers for Eternals’ mid- and post-credits scenes.
While entertaining, Eternals‘ post-credits scenes are good for the MCU’s future, but they weren’t earned during the movie. This was far from the first time that a Marvel after-credits scene had included new information with little to no build-up, but the details revealed in the Eternals after-credits panoramas will greatly affect the future of the MCU by introducing new references and challenging suppositions about older ones. Because of this, it was rather surprising that Eternals didn’t devote more time to properly setting up its final reveals.
Marvel’s post-credits scenes have become a highly apprehended phase of the MCU films since they often include fun Easter eggs or pester future projects. Spider-Man: No Way Home, for example, included an entire trailer for Doctor Strange 2, as well as a small scene of Eddie Brock and Venom that suggested Venom’s potential future in the MCU. Yet, Eternals was much bolder with its end-credits.
The mid-credits scene for Eternals substantiate the remaining Eternals in their spaceship, meditating their next move after some of their numbers go missing, when two strangers portal into their ship: Pip the Troll, voiced by Patton Oswalt and Eros, also known as Starfox, played by Harry Styles. The second post-credits scene facets Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman uneasily studying an ancient sword when an off-screen voice queries, “Are you sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman? ” While both times predict provoking counselings that the MCU could take in the future, neither vistum is properly set up ahead of time.
The three brand-new characters introduced in the Eternals post-credits, along with confirmation that Dane Whitman is a much more important figure than previously imagined, guarantee that promising improvements are in store not just for the Eternals, but for the MCU as a whole. In the comics, Pip the Troll was an important player in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline as a member of a group called the Infinity Watch, which was in charge of guarding the Infinity Stones. Pip has often been associated with MCU courages like Gamora and Drax the Destroyer, both of whom have also been part of the Infinity Watch in the past. His arrival in the MCU could be setting up a edition of the Infinity Watch to patrol over the Stones, perhaps as a result of Adam Warlock, who will be concluding his debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and, in the comics, was briefly persuasion by the power of the Stones.
Pip the Troll’s companion in the Eternals mid-credits scene acquaints himself as Thanos’ brother Eros, “whos also” an Eternal. Eros has the power to manipulate other people’s ardours, which is able establish him either an resource or an obstacle to the heroes, will vary depending on his mood. In the end-credits scene, Eros tells the other Eternals that he knows where their friends and fellow Everlastings are being kept, paving the space for them to work together in a future movie — at least at first. Another exciting moment is in Eternals’ end-credits scene with Dane Whitman, which is not simply tantalizes the Black Knight and the Ebony Blade, but also implies the advent of Blade. Further, it teases that a supernatural-based team from the comics like Midnight Sons or MI-1 3 could be in the works. Sadly, Blade remains off-screen, but the moment heightens anticipation for his proper entry into the MCU.
As exciting as these moments are, nonetheless, they’re something of a frustration for anyone not intimately knowledgable about the comics. For more casual audiences, it’s hard to get excited about the flirts without any framework. In particular, the introduction of Eros seemed to come out of nowhere, but both end-credits stages might have been more impactful had they had any sort of buildup.
In a movie trying to juggle such a large ensemble of people, Eternals can’t devote much screen time to Dane Whitman, be very difficult for publics to learn anything substantial about him. That is , not until the end-credits scene, which reveals that Dane now possesses the cursed Ebony Blade taken from his uncle, the previous Black Knight. In the comics, the Ebony Blade is a strong weapon that could cut through any object while also protecting its wielder from magical assaults, but it has a nasty downside. Whoever uses the sword becomes gradually demoralized by its power, craving violence and death. This expose helps flesh out one of the least developed reputations in the Eternals movie by showing that Dane isn’t nearly as regular as the rest of the film constructs him out to be, despite a few cases inklings that there’s more to their own families than gratifies the eye. However, by devoting such little time to him, it comes as a stupor that he has such a big secret to hide. Dane Whitman’s family history and his estrangement from his uncle are briefly mentioned by him, but Eternal, otherwise fully fails to explore that yarn. If the movie had spared just a few minutes laying the groundwork for this reveal, the stage would feel more deserved.
Even more shocking than the reveal about Dane’s family is the reveal about that of Thanos. Despite being the MCU’s main villain for Phases 1-3, Thanos’ backstory remained astonishingly fuzzy. Marvel movies reserved very little time to exploring his early background or genealogy before turning into the Mad Titan. The movies only briefly mention his origin on the planet Titan without ever depicting much, which constitutes the revelation that he has a brother seem to come wholly out of nowhere. Spectators may very well be left confused about why a brother was never mentioned before, why Eros never intervened in Thanos’ hopes, and why the siblings don’t look at all alike.
In Marvel comics, Thanos and Eros searched so different from each other because Thanos’ birth resulted from his mothers experimentally mingling Eternal and Deviant DNA, resulting in his mutated assemble. Of direction, trying to explain this without having introduced the Eternals would’ve been rather difficult, but the MCU’s decision to leave out Thanos’ family exclusively instead was a poor solution. Future movies will have to bend over backwards to justify Eros’ absence up until Eternals, when Thanos could have easily mentioned growing up differently from his family in one of his numerous MCU impressions. A simple remark would have gone a long way toward integrating Thanos’ family without disorient gatherings. Not exclusively would it have helped flesh out the rascal even further, but it would have also made Eros’ introduction feel more natural.
The fact that administrator Chloe Zhao had to confirm that the enunciate speaking to Dane in the end-credits belonged to Mahershala Ali’s Blade says everything there is. As messy and unplugged as all of the Eternals’ end-credits uncovers were, the least deserved was Blade, “whos had” seemingly nothing to do with the movie or its attributes at all. A vampire hunter who tries to stay out of the spotlight has little in common with the otherworldly Eternals and their world-ending devastations. Perhaps if Dane’s connection to the Black Knight are more fully set up — maybe by showing him experimenting the Ebony Blade or other superhuman items — then bringing in Blade would have attained more appreciation. The monster hunter could have been alerted to Dane Whitmans’s study or simply smelled the blade’s cursed force. Either option would have stimulated his inclusion in the Eternals post-credits scene far more impactful.
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