If it wasn’t for COVID-19, we would’ve already got a trailer for The Eternals. In fact, we would’ve already got Black Widow, let alone an Eternals trailer. Marvel would’ve been getting ready to release the second trailer for The Eternals at San Diego Comic Con. But sadly, we’re still living knowing absolutely nothing about Marvel’s second Phase 4 movie. The Eternals are going to do what Marvel initially planned with Inhumans when they announced the Phase 3 slate back in 2015. That’s because there are so many new heroes that will arrive with The Eternals. In fact, there are 4 teams of Eternals in the comics. Let’s try and learn a bit about them.
It was the Celestials who created the Eternals and the Deviants as they experimented upon humans. After the Celestials left, the Eternals also established a base on Earth by building a city called Titanos. Their leader, Kronos began experimenting with cosmic energy. But due to the failure of the experiment the cosmic energy spread all across the Eternals base, and the genes of the Eternals were altered permanently. This is what led to the Eternals having their distinct set of superpowers.
Titanos was also destroyed as a result of the failed experiment and Kronos was in no position to lead anymore. After his death, 2 cities were built after his death, and 1 group of Eternals also left Earth, to find sanctuary among the stars. Hence, a total of 3 teams of Eternals were formed. But there was also a 4th team which we will uncover in just a bit. Here are all four of those teams:
Zuras, the son of Kronos took leadership soon after Kronos died. Following him, The Eternals built the city of Olympia which was located near Mount Olympus in Greece. Most of the stories regarding The Eternals are about Zuras’ team of Eternals, which included Thena (Angelina Jolie), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff).
Obviously, not everyone followed Zuras. The second faction of Eternals followed Virako, under whose leadership, the city called Polaria was built in Siberia. All the Eternals that were born here are called Polar Eternals. Virako is the father of Ikaris (Richard Madden). These Eternals as described by Ikaris himself “don’t have gentle hearts.” Apart from Ikaris, Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) are also a part of the Polar Eternals.
So clearly, at least 2 factions of The Eternals will appear in the upcoming movie, if not more. Although the MCU might actually keep the Olympian & Polar Eternals as just one group. But if Polaria does exist in the MCU, then these Polar Eternals might have infiltrated the Russian government in the modern day, just like the comics.
Before Kronos conducted his experiment and destroyed Titanos, The Eternals were a part of a Civil War. Kronos’ brother Uranos couldn’t stand with his leadership, hence a big battle took place. Uranos and his followers were obviously defeated, but they weren’t killed. So, Uranos and his followers decided to leave Earth. They left Earth to set up Colonies on the planet Uranus, and Saturn’s moon, Titan! The Titan colony couldn’t survive (not because of who you think), but the colony on Uranus prevailed.
Thelius aka The Crusader became their hero, their leader after Uranos. The most prominent fact about him is that wore cosmic devices on his wrists called Quantum Bands . These bands were later passed on to an American astronaut named Robert Grayson who led a space mission to Uranus. After him, Wendell Vaughn aka Quasar was given these bands. He is a big-name hero in the cosmic side, and Mikey Sutton claims that Marvel has big plans for him. We’re certain that Marvel won’t have time to go through the Uranian Eternals in the upcoming movie. So, they’d probably lead us to this team of the Eternals after Quasar is introduced, maybe in Captain Marvel 2 or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Like Zuras, Kronos’ second son A’lars also wanted leadership. So, he decided to part ways and led a refuge to Saturn’s moon, Titan. As mentioned above, the colony that the followers of Uranos tried to establish on Titan didn’t prevail. So, A’lars re-established a colony of Eternals here. And as we saw in Infinity War, the second attempt of setting up the Eternals colony also failed as Titan went short on resources. But yes, they did live on Titan for centuries. Apart from Thanos, A’lars and Sui-San also had another son, Starfox. He could come in and tell us a bit more about the Titan Eternals in the future MCU films.
For now, we’re quite certain that the MCU will majorly focus just on the combination of Olympian and Polar Eternals. They might tease the Titan Eternals a bit. But we shouldn’t expect Marvel to also talk about the Uranian Eternals. Let’s see how things go. Expect a trailer in July. That will probably clear up a few things.
Black Widow will supposedly kick off the future slate on November 6, but it could also be The Falcon and The Winter Soldier that could begin Phase 4 in August 2020. WandaVision will arrive in December 2020 or early 2021. The Eternals will release on February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on May 7, 2021, Loki sometime in 2021, What If…? In Summer 2021, Spider-Man 3 on November 5, 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 18, 2022, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will end Phase 4 on March 25, 2022. Following these are Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk in 2022. Black Panther 2 has been scheduled for May 6, 2022 and it will begin Phase 5. Captain Marvel 2 will be the last movie of the year as it arrives on June 8, 2022.
Source: Screen Rant