Phase 4 of the MCU is continuing to wow fans with diverse new content. However, fans still have a question going back to Avengers: Infinity War- what was the fate of every new character in the MCU there?
Shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision addressed whether a few of their characters were blipped out due to Thanos’ snap. But movies like Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings and Black Widow didn’t hint at that. So we don’t know if their new characters like Simu Liu’s Shawn/ Shang-Chi and Florence Pugh’s Yelena were dusted with half of the universe’s population.
After Shang-Chi, the next big MCU movie was Eternals. And since these heroes were on earth for thousands of years, it’s pretty safe to say that they were there during Thanos’ invasion in Infinity War. However, since they took an oath never to interfere, they chose not to help during Thanos’ attack. Despite this, many have speculated whether these cosmic immortals were exempted from Thanos’ snap. Now, Chloé Zhao, the director of the movie, has shed some light on this matter.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Eternals director Chloé Zhao talked about what happened to the Eternals during Avengers: Infinity War. She was asked if any of the Eternals were snapped away by Thanos. Zhao then admitted that they weren’t dusted due to the following spoiler-heavy reasons.
Here’s the spoiler-filled quote and further explanation of it. So read at your discretion:
“Well, I can’t say this out loud, but if you think about… if you think about what the Celestials told them. If you think about what the Celestials told them about themselves, technically they can’t get blipped.”
In the film, Celestial Arishem tells Sersi that they were made to kill the Deviants to ensure the Emergence, which is the birth of a Celestial. This practice ultimately destroys the planet where the Celestial is born. After the Emergence, the Eternals leave every planet just before it gets destroyed. This ensures that Arishem can erase their memories before their next mission starts. As such, the Eternals are synthetic beings made by Arishem in the World Forge. So they can’t be snapped out of existence.
Zhao’s comment makes narrative sense, especially after the audience found out that the team was pretty much robotic shells made by Arishem. However, the movie didn’t explain how the Eternals reacted to the sudden disappearance of the rest of the world. As such, it will certainly be interesting to find out how each member responded to the event.
It should be noted that Phastos does have a family. So it’s very possible that his son and husband didn’t get dusted. Because if they had fallen victim to Thanos’ snap, then he for sure would have sought revenge against the Mad Titan. And maybe that would have prompted the rest of the Eternals to unite as well. Now, Ajak and Ikaris would undoubtedly have stood by since they knew what their original mission was.
Gilgamesh and Thena, too, would probably not have participated as well since they were secluded from the world. Makkari would have rounded off this group since she said that she was alone in the Domo. As for Sersi, Sprite, and Kingo- they might have participated or might not have. But the fact that they didn’t means that Dane Whitman and Karun might not have gotten dusted.
Now, some people of Druig’s camp in the Amazon might have fallen victim to the snap. But given his attitude towards conflict and war, he might have just gone along with it all. Eternals being synthetic beings presents several story opportunities. For one, these characters can return even if they die. So this means that those who died in the movie (Ikaris, Ajak, and Gilgamesh) can return.
As such, Arishem could activate them and pit them against the Eternals he captured. As such, this explains their Infinity War fates while also allowing the story to push the narrative and plot forward. Eternals is now playing in theaters worldwide.
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