The Eternals are interesting characters. Marvel has tried quite a few times to create characters like this such as the Inhumans the mutants the Eternals. Characters who exist for a very long time and gain a lot of power. With a new universe is revealed, It is time to know about these fascinating characters of Marvel Comics.
Created in 1976 by Jack Kirby the Eternals first appeared in Eternals #1 that same year. According to their history, the Eternals were created by the Celestials as a means to protect their other experimental race, The Humans.
Like many of Jack Kirby’s creations, The Eternals combined the idea of science fiction with mythology. After the cancellation of his work on the ‘New Gods’ at DC Comics Kirby returned to Marvel and started the Eternals.
This series would run from 1976 through 1978. it would unfortunately be canceled in 1978, leaving much of Kirby’s plot actually unfinished. The series was to return in 1985 only to be canceled again in 1986.
For 20 years, The Eternals would remain dormant except for a few one-shot and miniseries until they were revived in 2006 by Neil Gaiman for a seven-issue miniseries that saw them are reintroduced into the Marvel Universe.
A second miniseries titled ‘The Eternals: Manifest Destiny’ would appear in 2009. Unlike many other Marvel properties, the Eternals have never appeared in any other medium other than comic books. It was announced in April of 2018 that the film the Eternals would bring these ancient beings into the MCU.
History of the Eternals
So you’ve got their background and the backstory. But now the question is who are these characters?
Long ago the Celestials descended upon earth. There they experiments on the early stages of mankind and created a separate species. The Eternals and The Deviants. The Eternals became a race of practically immortal beings who began to protect the blooming human race; usually from their more horrific cousins, The Deviants.
As time went on; The Eternal separated themselves from mankind, becoming almost godlike in their power and advanced technology. Then there was a civil war where some of the Eternals were content to protect humanity, but the others believed that with their power they should rule over them.
Kronos led the peaceful Eternals, while Uranus led the revolt. In the end, Uranus was defeated and left the earth establishing a civilization on Uranus and eventually Titan. And here is where the mighty Thanos was born.
A New World Emerged
Over the centuries the Eternals established the cities of Olympia in the Greek mountains, Oceania in the Pacific, and Polaria in Siberia.
Eventually, the Celestials returned to earth to see how their experiments had fared. They were attacked by the deviants in the ensuing battle resulted in destruction across the planet. The great cities of Atlantis and Mu sank into the ocean where many humans died. The Eternals did what they could to rescue many people, defending the Celestials from the deviance.
After years of being dormant, The Eternals have come into contact with the many members of the Marvel Universe. Long ago they’d fought against Apocalypse, one of the first mutants. They’ve also met Thor a long time ago, but his memories of them were erased so that their existence would remain unknown.
In the modern age, The Eternals are still unknown to the vast majority of the human population. But they eventually came in with the humans and found their true purpose. Helping and protecting humankind.
Eternals are one of the reasons why we see different powers in the Marvel universe. They were the Gods of the universe. And will be for the foreseeable future. So, what do you think of these God-like characters?