The next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to finally introduce The Eternals, a group of immensely powerful beings that are essentially immortal. However, their absence from the MCU thus far raises questions as to why they didn’t appear during Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, considering just how much of a danger Thanos proved to the universe in those two films. Still, there are several good reasons the Eternals didn’t appear during either of those film, and we’re going to go through them in this new video.
The first and most obvious reason is that there were already a lot of heroes in the MCU. Having too many characters in a film can harm it, and this meant a lot of heroes in Endgame really didn’t get a lot of screen time when the movie actually came around. Practical considerations are definitely a big reason the Eternals didn’t appear in the movie, but there are also likely a few story reasons, which we’ll talk about in the rest of the video.
Check out the video below for a deeper explanation of why the Eternals didn’t feature in Infinity War and Endgame.
While The Eternals was originally slated to release later this year, the movie was delayed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At this time, the movie is slated for release early next year, and there’s no indication the delay will at all affect the plot of the movie or the trajectory of the MCU’s future as a whol.
Directed by Chloé Zhao with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, The Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Gemma Chan as Sersi and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight. The film arrives in theaters on February 12, 2021.
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In a new exclusive video, CBR explains why The Eternals didn't appear in Avengers: Infinity War or Endgame.