Marvel’s Eternals is set to release in 2021 and has a heavy cast. Earlier also, The Eternals’ action figures helped us get a look at the characters’ costumes, and it basically means that Marvel is really excited and hyping up the movie with full force. It’s the saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. They are described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby and made their first appearance in The Eternals #1 (July 1976).
Some comic fans were disappointed with the Eternals’ costume designs when they were first revealed at the Disney D23 Expo in 2019. They departed greatly from the comic designs by Jack Kirby. Unfortunately, for those fans who weren’t a big fan of the designs, the merchandise leaks in 2020confirmed that the costume designs would remain largely the same.
The biggest costume concern has been for Ikaris, who lacks any red in his costume as he does in the comics. But later, the merchandise artwork would later reveal that the costumed previewed at D23 were representative of the costumes the Eternals would have in the movie. While there is still a chance that Ikaris could have red in his costume, a clearer look shows that his attire is still blue and yellow, at least above the knees.
New Marvel Legends toy leaks from Eternals offer much clearer views of the characters and their figures. Among these leaks is an image showing the back of the box for the Ikaris action-figure, which describes him as “moral, kind and charismatic, Ikaris boasts incredible strength, flight, and the ability to project cosmic energy beams from his eyes.” The full Instagram post is here below:
Not to beat a dead horse, but it’s still a bummer that Ikaris’ costume for Eternals will lack red. Red has been a staple of his color palette in the comics since his introduction, and seeing the Eternal only sporting blue and yellow is a very odd adjustment. There’s still a chance that, down the line, he’ll have a more comic accurate costume or at least one with a bit more red. Limiting flying powers to just Ikaris could be a way to make each Eternal more distinct beyond their usual super strength and durability.
It will be fascinating to see how Marvel Studios portrays Ikaris’ cosmic energy beams out of his eyes, as the visuals around this ability could essentially be a test run for when the studio eventually adapts Scott Summers / Cyclops into the MCU.