There were many questions that the fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had regarding how the future of the franchise will be impacted by the events of Eternals. The movie had the major responsibility of explaining the involvement of the Eternals with the history of the MCU. It was able to give us a fair idea about where it sits in the universe and at the same time deal with other aspects of the universe. A lot of theories were cleared up by the movie but at the same time the movie ended up giving way to various plot holes. It seems that the explanation for the absence of Eternals during Avengers: Infinity War has given way to a whole new plot hole.
One of the biggest questions ever since we got some plot details regarding Eternals was the explanation for the absence of these godlike beings during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The characters have been living on Earth for 7000 years and it only makes sense that they came to help humanity when Thanos came to attack them. Based on their capabilities they would have been able to prevent the Mad Titan from wiping half of humanity.
The Avengers were not in full capacity during these events and in Avengers: Endgame they clearly needed help during the final battle. They did end up receiving that help thanks to the Smart Hulk’s snap. Fans wonder why the Eternals didn’t come to the rescue considering they could have provided significant help to our heroes. This is indeed an important thing to ponder because the events that followed in Avengers: Endgame caused the loss of two major Avengers Iron Man and Black Widow. But it seems that Eternals did come up with a theory for their absence.
Reason For The Absence Of Eternals
The Eternals were created in order to prevent the Deviants from harming humanity and thus their primary instruction was to only interfere if the Deviants were involved. Initially, the Celestials created the Deviants so that they can maintain a balance on Earth but they went out of control. According to Eternals, the Deviants were apparently wiped out centuries before the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe start taking place. This means that the Deviants were not present and hence the Eternals didn’t interfere during Thanos’ snap.
Later in the movie, it was revealed that the Eternals didn’t interfere because they had been paving the way for the Emergence. This would have allowed the Celestial Tiamut to rise on Earth. For the Emergence to happen it was necessary that proper human evolution takes place along with the required technological innovation. These things would actually lead to a massive increase in the population that is one of the primary requirements of the Emergence.
The Plot Hole
But this creates a major plot hole in the narrative considering Thanos’ snap actually ran against the Emergence. The snap actually caused the disappearance of half of the population and hence caused a major drawback to the Emergence. Ajak continues to pretend that the Eternals weren’t interfering because of the absence of the Deviants. It is fairly obvious that the threat that Thanos poses would have definitely required the Eternals to come back into action.
It is fairly obvious that Arishem would have known about Thanos’ quest and he would have instructed Ajak and the rest of the Eternals to stop the Mad Titan. The Celestial would have been certainly aware of how much of a setback Thanos’ plans would have caused to the original plans for the Emergence. Salma Hayek’s Ajak would have told the team the truth about their presence on Earth and this might have led to some division in the team as we saw in Eternals. But there would have certainly been some Eternals fighting against Thanos.
This is not the only plot hole the movie creates considering we are not told anything about Thanos’ own past as an Eternal. The character is confirmed to be an Eternal when his brother makes an appearance in the post-credits scene for Eternals with Harry Styles playing Starfox. Making Thanos an Eternal raises the question of why the other Eternals present on Earth didn’t come to fight him. It is fairly obvious that the movie hasn’t still been able to give a proper answer to why the Eternals didn’t interfere during the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
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