Eternals introduced a host of new characters and concepts to the MCU, based on the elaborate mythology created by legendary cartoonist and writer Jack Kirby.
Kirby created an entire myth with the first issue of Eternals in 1976, but when compared to the movie, there are quite a few differences.
Some of those changes involve rationalizing myths, which are as complex as Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune.
The origins of the Eternals in the comics are complex, dating back millions of years. The movie simplified it somewhat. In the comics, the Celestials, one of the most powerful cosmic beings in the Marvel Universe, created the Eternals from an experiment on early humans. In the film, the Eternals have no genetic connection to humanity. In fact, they are composite structures created by the Celestials in the distant past and sent to endless worlds to protect the evolution of sentient life.
9. Purpose of Celestials
The origins and purposes of the Celestials in the comics are also incredibly complicated, and it’s also the subject of another major twist in the movie. In the comics, the Celestials travel from world to world and arbitrarily experiment with the evolution of species.
They create eternal variants (and Deviant variants) from existing species and then observe their progress. Finally, they return to these planets to evaluate them. In the film, the purpose of the Celestials is to create other Celestials by absorbing the energy of sentient life, while destroying them in the process.
8. The Powers of the Eternals
Eternals ranks among the most powerful superheroes in both the comics and the MCU. In the comics, they all share the same powers, including standard superhero abilities like super strength, stamina, and speed, but they also have other amazing abilities like telepathy. physical sensations and manipulations. In the movie, each Eternals is assigned a specific power, Sersi has the ability to transform, Makkari has super speed, Ikaris has the ability to fly and energy rays…
The Deviants also went through some changes to the MCU. The classic villains of the Eternals are closely related to them in the comics. In the mythology established by Jack Kirby, they are an evolutionary branch of humanity with a monstrous nature but still possessing super intelligence and superpowers. In the film, the Deviants have no genetic connection to humanity or the Eternals.
The Eternals are said to have come from a distant planet called Olympia. In the comics, this is not at all true. The Eternals were created on Earth millions of years ago by the Celestials. However, they created a glorious city in the distant past called Olympia.
Olympia’s exact location though has changed in the comics. But it has been shown to be in Ancient Greece, Antarctica and the Negative Zone as well. Olympia was founded after the fall of Titanos, the original settlement of the Eternals on Earth.
In the film, the Eternals arrive on Earth on a giant triangular ship called the Domo. Although the Eternals possess many extraordinary vehicles and cutting-edge technology in the comics (many of them created by engineer Phastos), there is no such ship. However, there is a character named Domo. Domo made his debut in The Eternals #5 in 1976, as the servant of Zuras, the original leader of the Eternals. Domo hovers over a high chair that incorporates many classic design elements by Jack Kirby.
Some characters like Domo were left out of the movie. Others have been changed. Ajak is one of the biggest examples of this. In the film, Ajak, played by Selma Hayek, is the leader of a group on Earth. In the comics, that position was originally a character named Zuras. Ajak is not a leader in the comics but a member of the Polar Eternals, another branch on Earth. In the movies, Ajak has the power to heal, but the Marvel Comics character possesses all of the enormous powers of his fellow humans, including flight, telepathy, and illusion.
Makkari is one of the fastest superheroes in the MCU, this character is shown in the movie with the superpower of super speed. Makkari in the manga also has super speed, but all the other Eternals also possess this ability.
Ikaris gets some big changes in the movie. This character in the comics used to be the leader of the team, but in the MCU, he was Ajak’s assistant and later Sersi. His powers have also been stripped away, leaving only the ability to fly and the ability to shoot lasers from his eyes. The biggest change for Ikaris is his motivation. In the comics, he is one of the bravest Eternals and fights for humanity. That’s very different from the movie, where he betrays his teammates to complete the Celestials’ mission and destroy Earth.
Another character with a big change from the comics is Kingo. Kingo Sunen appeared as Japanese in Marvel Comics and became a great samurai and swordsman. Meanwhile, the MCU introduces Kingo, played by Kumail Nanjiani, as a man of Indian descent who shoots energy beams from his fingers.
The two versions of the character have one thing in common. Both are actors. The comic book Kingo eventually became a movie star in Japan, while the Kingo became a star, director and lead producer in Bollywood films for almost a century.