Marvel's Eternals Explained - IGN

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Marvel's Eternals are coming to the MCU with director Chloe Zhao helming and Angelina Jolie starring. But who exactly are these strange characters, and what is their story? We explain!
Marvel's Eternals has been in the works for a while, and like most of Hollywood's output was delayed this past year as well. But now it is definitely coming, and the final trailer has been released.

Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) directs Marvel's Eternals, and none other than Angelina Jolie stars in the film along with Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, and more. Angelina Jolie plays Thena, Richard Madden is Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani is Kingo, Lauren Ridloff is Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry is Phastos, Salma Hayek is Ajak, and Lia McHugh is Sprite. Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman, who becomes the Avenger known as the Black Knight eventually (in the Marvel comics at least).

But who exactly are the Eternals? Let's dig into their comics history and how they fit into the grand scheme of the Marvel Universe. And for even more on the film, head here for an explanation on who the probable main villains are, Kro and Arishem the Judge.

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Marvel's The Eternals: The Basics

The Eternals are a powerful race of cosmic beings who have existed in our solar system for millions of years. While most Eternals look perfectly human on the outside, their advanced biology gives them incredible strength, long lives and powers that set them far above mortal men.

Both the Eternals and their genetic cousins, the Deviants, were created by the cosmic gods known as the Celestials through experiments on early proto-humans. And where most Eternals have chosen to follow the path of peace, the Deviants are hateful and warlike, with their hideous outer appearance reflecting their twisted inner nature. The two races have been locked in a never-ending war since those early days, with humanity sometimes paying the price.

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The Eternals' Powers and Abilities

All Eternals share a basic range of abilities. Their bodies are incredibly resilient and resistant to age and disease. They can also regenerate from most wounds. It takes a lot of planning…
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