The Eternals trailer has been out for quite some time now, and we think that it has explained why the Avengers lost in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, at the start of the 2018 mega-hit directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, everyone was brought together from all parts of the MCU to fight and stop Thanos in his universe destroying plan.
However, at the end of Infinity War, Thanos won and made the Avengers suffer their first-ever global loss since they assembled. Now, as for the Eternals, this movie follows a team of superheroes who apparently have existed for centuries. So the story follows them for the thousands of years they have been alive. However, the main plotline happens after Avengers: Endgame.
Created by the Celestials, these immortals are called the Eternals and are led by Ajak (Salma Hayek). Over the years, they all silently oversaw the entire world without revealing their existence. But now, they have decided to intervene. The promotional trailer indicates that the story will be majorly removed from the MCU we know.
However, Sprite’s (Lia McHugh) comment about the Avengers does remind one of the fact that the story is indeed a part of the MCU. The comment about the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes does highlight the fact that despite the previous assumptions, the Avengers operated under two leaders- Tony Stark and Steve Rogers.
Two leaders make sense because in Captain America: Civil War, we saw two sides with two clear leaders. However, this confirmation does help clear the leadership issue since many people thought that Steve Rogers was the clear leader after Tony Stark relinquishes the title in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Captain America being the sole leader makes sense because, after all, it was Steve who gave people directions, made calls, and also doled out pep talks. Also, Steve had the innate ability to inspire people and motivate them so that they would join his cause.
Not to mention the fact that he was the team’s moral compass as well and ensured that the team never lost focus or sight of their ultimate mission- to protect people from threats. Now, Tony was important for the team too. He brought a different set of skills compared to Steve’s conservatism and idealism.
He was futuristic and pragmatic, which balanced out Steve’s core traits. Also, the Avengers were able to carry out their work because he had the resources to make it possible. Together the duo ensured that the Avengers remained focused. The team really thrived when it was the two of them since they brought different things to the equation.
So the Eternals trailer does make it clear that Tony was as much of a leader as Steve was, and both were needed to ensure that the team functioned effectively. This is why splitting them in Infinity War was the main reason why they failed to stop Thanos.
Throughout the entirety of Infinity War, Captain America and Iron Man fought Thanos separately, and there was no communication between the two parties whatsoever. As such, there was no effective plan to counter Thanos’ attacks.
So without a proper plan, everything became ineffective and handicapped. Their loss in Infinity War can be attributed to this. However, they were able to win in Endgame because after the 5-year gap because they were able to work together and patched their relationship.
So it’s definitely true that Steve and Tony’s differences made the team fall apart. And this made it easier for Thanos to win in Infinity War. But in the end, when the time came, the two of them had the same unwavering commitment towards their cause- to protect and help the world. Without Steve and Tony, the MCU would be wildly different.
But it’s time to continue without them for now. Their stories have come to a close, and the MCU is looking to introduce new characters and myths like in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, She-Hulk, etc., to keep the MCU fresh, and more importantly, moving forward. But it doesn’t lessen the impact that Iron Man and Captain America had on the MCU in any way.