The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to keep fans of the Marvel world of superheroes excited with the various projects over the years. Each movie has brought us an interpretation of the story that we had once read in the comics and then made a massive hit out of it. It is not easy to maintain the continuity with each story laying the foundation for a much biggest story. One of the most exciting bits of these movies has to be the concept of the post-credits sequences. Marvel’s latest Eternals had one of the most exciting post-credits as it teased some whole new characters from the comics. It seems that alternate plans for the Eternals post-credits scenes almost involved Kang, Captain America, and even Doctor Strange.
The post-credits scenes in the Marvel movies have become more and more significant over the years. Fans would remember the first time we got to see Nick Fury in the post-credits scene from Iron Man that hinted at the Avengers initiative. Ever since then, fans have always waited for a while after the movie ends and the credits start rolling.
Often this scene even takes over the entire movie if there is a presence of some big character in the movie. This was seen in the case of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings where we got to see Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. These two characters hadn’t been seen ever since the events of Avengers: Endgame and seeing them again was a big deal for the fans.
The post-credits sequence of MCU’s latest feature, Eternals was rather significant and it indicated what we might get to witness in the future of the franchise. We were introduced to two completely new MCU characters who have had past relations with the MCU characters. Harry Styles’ Eros debuted next to Pip the Troll in a scene that was completely surprising. But this was not all considering we got to see another character getting teased in the movie.
While the other post-credits scene gave us some idea regarding Kit Harrington’s Dane Whitman’s fate as the Black Knight in the MCU, it also featured the voice of another significant MCU character. We got to hear Mahershala Ali’s Blade’s voice from behind Dane Whitman. Fans were initially not sure if it was indeed Blade but then Chloe Zhao confirmed via her Twitter that it was indeed Mahershala Ali’s voice as Blade. It is rather clear that these two scenes will play a major role in the future of the MCU.
Other Plans For The Eternals Post-Credits
When The Wrap got into a Zoom call with the co-screenwriters of Eternals, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo, they placed some questions regarding the other Marvel heroes who were under consideration for the post-credits scene. About the voice that appears in the Dane Whitman scene, Kaz confirmed, “I mean, there’s no question. It’s Blade.”
There was about, I would say half a dozen solid versions of those end credit sequences that we explored. I think so much of that process is about leaving doors open. That’s really what it’s about. As much as everyone would like there to believe that there’s a master whiteboard that hasn’t been touched in generations and sits in Kevin’s office that has everything that’s happening for the next 40 years, really it’s a process of what do people want to see? What’s fun in that moment? What door can we leave open that will become satisfying later on?
The various idea that Kaz and Ryan had included the idea of the Eternals joining in with a new lineup of the Avengers. Another one had Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, who was last seen in the Disney+ series Loki and will feature in a major role in Ant-Man and the Wasp in Quantumania, “come hang out and have a little conversation with these guys”, according to Kaz. But these plans were ruled out with the primary focus being on Dan Whitman’s character and his magical sword added with the dialogues that played in the background.
But there was also some discussion regarding this voice in the background and which character might deliver it. There were rumors that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was a contender but Firpos could “neither confirm nor deny”. But in order to entice us with the idea, they did mention a “what if” which is clearly a reference to the Disney+ animated series that came out recently. Kaz finally added:
I think that once upon a time it may have been Sam [Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie], our new Cap.
Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson had taken the mantle of Captain America in the final episodes of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that came out earlier this year. The series gave us a small screen interpretation of the character and if he did appear as a cameo in Eternals then this would have solidified his take on the Captain America title.
But fans would agree that it was much more exciting to hear Mahershala Ali’s Blade considering it was announced back in 2019 during the San Diego Comic-Con that the actor would take on the role of the vampire hunter. The movie is supposed to begin production next year and there is even a confirmed date for the release of the film. With the production for the film set to start sometime around July 2022, the movie will come out sometime in 2023. Directed by Bassam Tariq, the movie will mark a long time after which we will see the character appear on-screen.