Eternals: Powers, Abilities & Motivations of All Characters Explained

As Marvel Studios celebrate the movies, they’ve finally revealed the first footage of Chloe Zhao’s upcoming Eternals movie. What’s fascinating is that even in this little 12-second footage, we’ve got a look at all the immortal characters who will form the team. The teaser reveals that the Eternals were actually the oldest team of superheroes. And now as they reassemble in the present day, they’ll also be the latest team of heroes.

Marvel hasn’t officially revealed any particular character info through their trailers. But we’ve actually got official character descriptions of all Eternals cast members through merchandise leaks. An independent clothing label named Redwolf acquired new descriptions for Eternals. Now the first trailer might have a few alterations. But these descriptions sound mostly legit.

Here’s how the Eternals have been described:

“The Eternals are a race of immortal aliens from a distant planet who arrived on Earth thousands of years ago to protect humanity from a race of alien predators called Deviants. The Eternals were alerted to the Deviant threat by the Celestials, a race of cosmic builders whose fingerprints are on the very building blocks of life itself.

Symbolizing eons of history charted via calendars and other mysterious ancient technologies, the Eternals icon will serve as a subtle nod to the name of these immortal, godlike beings.”

Individual Characters


Ajak is the spiritual leader of the Eternals. Her wisdom has helped guide the team since they arrived here from their home planet to help defend humanity from the Deviants and to help humans advance to the modern civilization that they live in today. Ajak can not only heal humans and Eternals alike, but she is able to communicate with the Celestials as well


Ikaris is the tactical leader, the most powerful Eternal, and takes pride in keeping the other Eternals safe. Moral, kind, and charismatic, Ikaris boasts the power of incredible strength, flight, and the ability to project beams of intense cosmic energy from his eyes. When the monstrous Deviants return after centuries, Ikaris leads the charge to unite the scattered Eternals to stop the new threat.

So basically, we’re going to get a Superman in the MCU.


Sersi is the Eternal with an affinity for humanity. She is as happy working as a museum curator as she is saving humans from the threat of the Deviants. She has the ability to manipulate matter, changing the makeup of any non-sentient material she touches. She’s also been in love with Ikaris for centuries and helps him to recruit the Eternals for one last mission.

But, set photos have confirmed that she would fall in love with Kit Harrington’s character, Dane Whitman, who would become Black Knight in the film.


Gilgamesh is the strongest and kindest member of the team. He becomes Thena’s de facto partner when the events of the past exile them from the rest of the team. Capable of projecting a powerful exoskeleton of cosmic energy, Gilgamesh is a fierce warrior who has become legendary for his fights with Deviants throughout history.

It’s safe to say that he is the strongest of the Eternals and could give the Hulk a run for his money.


Thena, a fierce warrior more comfortable in battle than any other place, has the ability to use cosmic energy to form any handheld weapon she can think of. Often surly and aloof, she forges an unlikely friendship with Gilgamesh that spans centuries.


Makkari is the fastest woman in the universe. She uses her cosmically powered super-speed to scout planets for the Eternals, and as the only deaf Eternal, the sonic boom that accompanies her cosmic running does not affect her.

She is the first disabled hero of the MCU. Being deaf-mute, she communicates through sign language.


Phastos is blessed with the power of invention. He is able to create whatever he can imagine provided that he has enough raw materials at his disposal. Over the centuries, Phastos has helped nudge humanity forward technologically while always keeping his brilliance hidden in the shadows.

Another aspect of his character is that he belongs to the LGBTQ community, and actor Haaz Sleiman plays his husband in the film.


Kingo is the Eternal with the power to project cosmic energy projectiles with his hands. Over the centuries, he has become enamored with the idea of fame. In the present day, he’s a famous Bollywood star who must leave his life of wealth and celebrity to help the team repel the new Deviant threat.

We even see a cameraman following him in the latest footage of the Eternals.


Druig can use cosmic energy to control the minds of men. He has become withdrawn from the other Eternals because he disagrees with how they’ve interacted with mankind over the centuries. Aloof and powerful, at times it’s hard to determine whether he’s friend or foe.

So, he could be the one who makes the Eternals fight against the incoming threat of the Deviants or even the Celestials.


Eternals Plot Details

And finally, there is Sprite – who appears to be a 12-year-old girl, Sprite has the ability to cast lifelike illusions. Her friendship with Sersi hides a world-weary sadness because she’s been treated like a child by humanity for centuries. But Sprite is much stronger and cleverer than she appears, which will come in handy while they battle with the Deviants.

Eternals arrives on November 5, 2021. Are you excited about the film? Let us know in the comments.

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Vansh Mehra

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