‘Eternals’ confirmed to be set in both the past and present

We need answers, now!

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 24, 2021


In the 11th hour, Marvel has revealed a very important note about the synopsis of Eternals. While many of us assumed that the story would follow the Eternals exclusively post-Endgame, new information has opened up even more opportunities for answers because the film will be set in two different periods of time — the past and the present. It’s still unclear what will be covered in the parts of the story that will take place in the past, but there’s no harm in assuming that the conception of the Eternals and the capacity of their power will be addressed.


“The story takes place across two time periods. One storyline is set in the past when they operated as a formidable team and a close family unit. The second storyline is in the present, when the group has fractured and split apart, content to live among humans, hiding in plain sight. The prevailing threat of the Deviants, which once again threatens the existence of mankind, means the Eternals need to put their differences aside and regroup.”


Academy Award-winning director, Chloe Zhao, will be tasked in introducing this new group of Marvel heroes. This will be the first group of heroes to be introduced since the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. While they haven’t been prefaced in previous films, the diverse star-studded cast and near-direct link to the X-Men and Thanos are enough to ensure the film’s success.



Who are the Eternals?

The Eternals are an immortal alien race created by the Celestials (basically gods), and they have dwelled anonymously on Earth for the past 7,000 years and were instructed and all told to explicitly promise to refrain from interfering in any conflicts — which included the blip that Thanos and the Infinity Stones caused. But now, in the present-day, they resurface and reunite to protect the world from an impending threat posed by their evil counterparts — the Deviants.


What will be covered in the two timelines?

In the trailer, Sersi (played by Gemma Chan) mentions that she hasn’t seen her teammates in centuries, which implies there will probably be flashbacks of their time together both before and after their arrival on Earth. Again, their reasoning behind why they didn’t stop the blip and their relationship to Thanos might come into play through flashbacks or mentions. The fact that so many of them have been scattered and estranged for centuries will lead us towards the origins of their conflict and the rift in the group that cause them to break apart.


Eternals will release in theaters on November 5, 2021.


If you’re wondering what’s next after Eternals, here’s a list of what’s to come in the MCU.


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