One of the most ambitious and ambitious blockbuster epics in recent memory, Marvel’s Eternals, attempts to tell the story of humanity through the eyes of a group of immortals who have defended it for 7,000 years. In addition to being constrained by a rulebook that hasn’t changed or evolved in 13 years, this film is also a product of the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula.
Marvel Studios is putting its corporate, assembly-line production style to the test in an unprecedented way, releasing four feature films and five television series this year. The results have been interestingly disappointing for Marvel. Even Marvel, after the events of Avengers: Endgame can only go so far before proving its limitations. Post-credits scenes in Eternals make this point crystal clear.
Eternals have terrible post-credits scenes. Pip the Troll and Eros AKA Starfox, two new Eternals, are introduced in the first film. The introduction of Starfox concludes with the character telling three of the film’s surviving Eternals that he’s going to help them rescue their captured compatriots from Arishem the Judge, a broadly comedic sequence.
Dane Whitman is shown wielding the legendary Ebony Blade in the second post-credit scene for his role as Black Knight in the comics. Eternals has no place for Harington or his post-credits scene, even if he does play the character with wit and charm.
It would be an understatement to say that the scene fails to justify the inclusion of the character. Like those who had never previously heard of Eros, Pip the Troll, Dane Whitman, or Black Knight, most moviegoers will be baffled by this sequence. It’s similar to Starfox’s introduction.
Finally, the post-credits scenes in Eternals add nothing to the film’s story and only serve to set up the plot for a sequel. For all of its obnoxiousness, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 isn’t much better than the film’s final twist, which sees the three main characters taken away by their Celestial creator. The post-credits scenes, on the other hand, are a waste of time.
When Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury appeared in 2008’s Iron Man and mentioned something called the “Avengers Initiative,” Marvel Studios and elegantly told fans what to expect from the first phase of the MCU, in 2012, four years after making the promise, The Avengers debuted in theaters, making it a success.
Despite the accolades, Marvel didn’t sit back. Instead, the studio ended The Avengers with another seismic post-credits scene: the introduction of Thanos. This villain would go on to define the two subsequent phases of the MCU. Once again, Marvel made its growing cinematic universe’s direction clear and bought its audience’s collective patience by telling them where they were heading.
That’s why audiences didn’t lose interest when the MCU shifted its focus away from Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet to focus on smaller stories and character development. With that in mind, the studio’s post-credits scenes often served as the linkage between its various franchises and characters.
The post-credits scenes for Eternals, on the other hand, do not appear to tie it in with the rest of the MCU or set up further the studio’s new Infinity Saga-level tale. According to producer Nate Moore, there is no point in introducing these characters if Marvel doesn’t see them as a “must-have” in Eternals 2.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four, we’re now seven movies in. We had already seen The Avengers in 2012, and the studio had already hinted at Thanos’ arrival in the Infinity Saga. To date, in Phase Four, we still have no idea what Marvel’s new overarching story is.
Is Kang the Conqueror going to unleash some inter-universal war? So far as I know, Marvel has no plans to introduce this character in Loki, and it’s hard to tell if that is what they’re going to do in the future. Despite this, the studio continues to add increasingly unnecessary post-credits scenes to every one of its titles.
After 26 films, the MCU’s trademarks are starting to wear thin, making it less memorable. Marvel’s ongoing post-credits scenes, which used to be seen as promises to comic book fans, are now being seen as corporate attempts to keep audiences from giving Disney even more money. Even worse, it raises the possibility that they were always like this, and we didn’t realize it for 13 years. In any case, they were honest enough to tell us what we could expect to see again.