Marvel definitely made a brilliant choice in casting Harry Styles as Eros. However, his brief appearance in Eternals fails to do him justice. As part of the MCU’s 2021 film, Chloé Zhao introduces the Eternals. These MCU entities are a group of super-powered beings created by god-like Celestial Arishem. They were created to protect the Earth from the devastation caused by the Deviants.
It’s possible that other Eternals exist in the universe. And they may just be working for Arishem in the same way that the film’s Eternals were tasked with guiding human development on Earth. Finally, Thena, Makkari, and Druig leave Earth in the spaceship Domo at the end of Eternals with the goal of finding and awakening other beings like themselves. Due to their efforts in stopping “The Emergence,” Arishem kidnaps the rest of the group.
Harry Styles comes to the rescue. After Eros and Pip the Troll arrive on the Domo, they tell Thena, Makkari, and Druig their friends are in trouble, as seen in an Eternals mid-credits scene. He introduces himself as a fellow Eternal and offers to help save Sersi, Kingo, and Phastos if they need it.
It’s unclear why Eros wants to help or how he got his information. The only indication of the character’s personality is the long and boastful preamble Pip makes on his behalf. This suggests he may be arrogant. This scene is more of a calculated, tantalizing tease of what’s to come rather than a proper introduction to the character of Eros. This is why it’s so prominently featured in the sequel.
Eros was first introduced in Marvel Comics in 1972 by Jim Starlin. At times he goes by the name Starfox. Furthermore, he is also Thanos‘ brother from Titan who is less ferocious and more attractive. Flying, super-strength, and advanced healing are all part of his repertoire as an Eternal. To be sure, his primary superpower is the psionic ability to activate people’s pleasure centers. This makes them more susceptible to his persuasions. The closer you get to Eros, the more infatuated you become with him, and the more euphoric you feel.
In spite of the fact that Harry Styles does not appear to possess any superhuman abilities, his portrayal of Eros as the Roman god of love makes him an ideal choice for the role. His popularity and appeal have grown exponentially over the past decade. This makes Styles one of the most well-known figures in popular culture. Now that Styles has been cast as Eros, he’s ready to join the ranks of the Avengers. All this while being a Grammy-winning pop star and an actor.
Because of his large fan base, it is safe to say that casting Harry Styles as a character whose powers revolve around desire and love will be a success. The MCU made a wise choice in selecting such a charming public figure who can bring his previously gained goodwill to the MCU. Though he didn’t get much of an introduction in Eternals’ post-credits scene, Harry Styles’ Eros has a bright future in the MCU.