Marvel fans had a great year in 2021, and they have another one ahead in 2022. In 2021 we got a barrage of great movies like Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and of course, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Before Shang-Chi was released, various merchandise indicated that there would be at least one dragon involved in the plot of the movie. This started the saga of introducing more mystical creatures into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Eternals then further explored this idea by showing that some Deviants mimicked or represented the monsters of our legend. The Deviants were the scourge of the planet, who killed as many humans as possible.
But what if they didn’t just target humanity? What if these Deviants killed monsters and creatures way stronger than the average human? Have you ever thought about this? If you have, you will find answers in a new comic series.
A brand new tie-in comic to the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows that the Deviants mimicked these creatures of myth that Shang-Chi featured. And they killed them, too.
Recently, Marvel Comics announced a collaboration with Webtoon, an online publishing platform. They released a 7-issue series called “Eternals: The 500 Year War.”
The comic series has multiple writers and artists on it from all over the globe. It launched on Marvel’s digital comic book subscription service, the Marvel Unlimited app.
Here’s Marvel’s description of the comic series:
“This vertical Infinity Comics series spotlights the Eternals in their past encounters during the 500 Year War against the Deviants around the world. While fighting the Deviants, readers will get to witness the Eternals interact with different cultures of the human race across time through the cultural artifacts that were gifted to them.”
This story takes place in the MCU, but every issue doesn’t have new lore regarding that universe. However, the sixth issue in the series, written by Yifan Jiang, shows Sersi and Ikaris trying to protect a dragon from a Deviant.
A Deviant was attacking a “young” dragon during the 16th century Ming Dynasty, alongside the Great Wall of China. This creature was “scared” by a sorcerer trying to fight off the Deviant.
Upon closer attention, the crest on the sorcerer’s clothing indicates that he belongs to the Hong Kong sanctum. We saw this at the end of Doctor Strange’s movie.
Sersi and Ikaris failed to protect the dragon, and it sacrificed itself trying to kill the Deviant. After it was gravely wounded and weakened by Ikaris, it escaped, and those who honored this beast were left to mourn its death.
So the Deviants could have been the potential origin for fabled creatures like giant sea serpents, Minotaurs, etc. But more than that, they were responsible for killing off dragons as well as other mythical beasts.
Dragons might have been first introduced by Thor: Ragnarok in the MCU with the fire dragon from Muspelheim. But fans didn’t get any further exploration regarding these creatures on Earth until Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings came along.
In the Shang-Chi movie, we saw audiences get an in-depth explanation of how and where dragons (of the Eastern kind) arrived on Earth. As per the movie, portals on our world, connecting to other dimensions, let these mythical creatures enter our realm.
One of these portals leads to Ta Lo. It is a world filled with mystical creatures, and this includes a huge dragon called the Great Protector. So is it possible that because of the arrival of the Deviants, mythical beasts like dragons were sent back to their own dimensions?
This would help explain the sudden extinction or disappearance of these mystical beasts of legend from modern-day. Maybe we will get more information from the new MCU entries later.
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