The Eternals have been around for millennia, so why don’t they fight Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War?
After months of anticipation, Marvel Studios has finally released the first teaser trailer for Eternals ahead of its November release. Derived from the comic books created by Jack Kirby, the Eternals are revealed to be a cosmic race created by the Celestials, who must constantly oppose their rival, the Deviants. They are still actively working behind the scenes in the millennia of observing the progress of human history,
The Eternals have long remained anonymous in the major operations of the Marvel universe. And when the Eternals are finally ready to step in and interact with the rest of the superhero community, the question is why they didn’t step in to stop Thanos’ plot in the events of the Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame.
Eternals underestimated Thanos
The Eternals are probably preoccupied with the threat posed by the Deviant despite knowing that Thanos’ plot could affect both cosmic races to an unprecedented degree. Thanos’ use of the Infinity Gauntlet wiped out half of all creatures on Earth with the snap of his fingers. While the Eternals may be incredibly powerful and immortal, some were probably discolored and reinstated five years later during the events of Endgame. By not ‘respecting’ Thanos, the Eternals may have learned a valuable lesson when half of them were wiped from the universe.
The Deviants get their attention
The Deviants are also cosmic races created by Celestial. While the Eternals possess godlike powers and are generally physically beautiful, the Deviant are largely hideous, with each member of their race possessing random physiques and (or) mutations caused by Celestial design. Some of these mutants can provide superhuman abilities, but their power is usually not as great as the Eternals.
The Eternals may have issues to deal with the Deviants before taking care of Thanos. Although they are also likely to be affected by the Infinity Gauntlet, the Deviants are more important. They may have forced the Eternals to focus on them even as half of life disappeared from the universe.
The reason behind Eternals’ absence from Endgame will be answered directly in the movie on November 4, 2021.
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