Eternals will reveal why the team didn’t help the Avengers in Infinity War and Endgame. While all eyes are currently on Marvel’s next release, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, releasing on September 3, Eternals will be coming up soon behind it on November 5. Suffice to say, Eternals is one the most unique films Marvel has lined up for its Phase 4 slate. For starters, it is written and directed by Chloé Zhao, who recently won Best Director (the first woman of color to do so) and Best Picture at the 2021 Oscars for Nomadland.
After Shang-Chi does the same, Eternals will be introducing a brand new cast of characters to the MCU. The film follows the titular team of immortal beings who have been living on Earth for thousands of years and have never interfered until now, concurrent with the rise of an evil race known as the Deviants. The film stars a mixed bag of established Hollywood stars, like Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, and up-and-comers, like Barry Keoghan and Lia McHugh, alongside Game of Thrones alum Kit Harrington and Richard Madden. Gemma Chan will return not in her Captain Marvel role, but as a new character, Sersi.
Now, an exclusive look at Eternals from EW is answering one of the longest-standing questions about the upcoming film: why the Eternals didn’t interfere during Infinity War or Endgame. While the film will fully answer this question, the piece offered an abbreviated explanation: their sole objectives are to focus on the Deviants and never interfere with human affairs, even though the Avengers could’ve used some help.
While Eternals will primarily be a standalone film, according to producer Nate Moore, it is still “part of the fabric of the MCU,” and compared it to the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill and his team’s mission to secure the Power Stone was largely a self-contained story, but the characters and storylines introduced there ended up having huge ramifications on other films. Eternals will likely have similar ripple effects on the MCU’s future.
Eternals will hopefully answer every existing question regarding why they didn’t help the Avengers in their fight against Thanos when the entire universe was on the brink of destruction. These questions have persisted ever since Ajak stated “we have never interfered… until now” in the first full-length trailer for Eternals. In the comics, the Eternals are strictly forbidden by their creators from interfering in human affairs, and the same could be true of the MCU. While some questions still remain, this explanation should hold fans over until early November.