When you look at the movie Eternals in isolation you find that it is all over the place. Director Zhao tried her best to cater to the MCU audience but even her Oscar-winning powers could not condense this dense storyline into the typical MCU narrative. The woman has a gift and she cannot turn it off. If you think that the content covered in the movie was more than enough then you have another thing coming. In a recent interview with Empire, Zhao shared that there were entire storylines she created that we’re not even touched on in the movie. For example, Titan had its own 10 Eternals. But was Thanos an Eternal appointed among those 10?
Eros, as played by Harry Styles, showed up in the after-credits scene of the movie. The character called himself the brother of Thanos and had Pip the troll with Him, announcing his arrival. The character is quite extraordinary and there is a good reason for this. The director had a whole backstory planned for the character and his connection to the Mad Titan with several parallels to the earth Eternals. I think Zhao intended to make Eros relatable for team Thena.
Just take a look at what Zhao revealed in her latest interview with Empire. She said:
“He’s [Eros] an Eternal, and he was stationed on Titan – 10 of them were, just like the 10 Eternals on Earth, assuming Titan is also a host planet at some point. Now, if you think about that, what influence could Eros have had on the inhabitants of Titan, the way Ajak has influenced people on Earth? And how that has affected Thanos?”
Titan Had Its Own 10 Eternals
So the key reveal is that Eros was the leader of the Eternals stationed on Titan. There was the same number of Eternals there as there were on earth. This means that Titan was a potential host planet to a Celestial. But what happened? Why did it not explode in a fury of fire and birth a new celestial? Let’s try to break down the director’s comments in an attempt to make sense of all of these things. Maybe we can come up with an explanation that puts her comments in the context of the larger MCU.
You see, there might be a reason that Eros is called the brother of Thanos. As per this information, we theorize that Earth Eternals were not the first group to rebel against the celestial. In fact, it is more than likely that the extinction of Titan’s population because of the scarcity of resources meant that the Celestial seed never came to fruition. Moreover, it could have led to the Eternal rebellion. We also think that Thanos and Eros we’re at odds about the decision.
Thanos might have requested the Eternal’s help, whom he called his brother to save the planet. But Eros knowing the truth about the mission might have straight up refused. If the population of the planet is dying of natural causes then he did not need to do anything more to stop celestial birth. We think that Eros has been anti-celestial from the very start. Another possibility is that the Celestials nights have refused to help the planet Titan and this, in turn, turned Eros against them.
Whatever the reason might be it seems prudent to mention here that the introduction of another 10 Eternals signified just how vast the MCU really is. Building characters with this frequency and speed on the cosmic level is something only Marvel can attempt to do at this point. Also, one must praise Kevin Feige for his casting choices in the movie. The entire film is star-studded, so much so that the final reveal of Harry Styles is only the cherry on top.
This new connection with Thanos and titan might mean that in Eternals 2 we will get to explore the backstory of that planet. If that is the case then it is imperative that Thanos must be introduced in the flashback and we should get some perspective as to his motivations to decimate half the population of the universe. Do you think this will be a good idea down the line? Let us know your opinion down in the comments below.