The ‘Eternals’ Credits Tease a Trove of New Stuff

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

The following story, obviously, contains spoilers for the ending and post-credits scenes in Eternals.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know the deal: even though the credits have started to roll, it's certainly not time to leave just yet. Granted, fans of all movies should stick around for the credits and see the names and roles that went into the piece of art/work they just saw (movies are a miracle! seriously!), but MCU fans in particular know that there's always going to be an added treat for their time sticking around. Sometimes, these credit sequences can be revelations and teases for the future, as they have been so far this year for both Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. They'll give a little hint at what's to come and make you excited. The credits scenes for Eternals, though, blow the whole universe wide open.

Eternals is different from many of these other MCU movies. Rather than introducing one new hero or catching up with one we already know, the movie takes all of its 2 hour 37 minute runtime to introduce us to 10 new characters—those titular Eternals—and explain to us all of their powers, history, and modern-day context. Naturally, then, once that's all established it serves as a springboard of sorts to the future. So that's why the credits scenes here do a huge job as to setting up a tease and cliffhanger of sorts as to what's coming next, whether that's in an Eternals sequel or elsewhere in the MCU.

And with those main Eternals characters largely separated by the end of the film, it allows for two separate credits scenes that cast them off into wildly different directions.

The end of the film finds Arishem the Judge, the celestial who created the Eternals, calling the bill due (as Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo, from Doctor Strange, would say), and bringing Sersei, Kingo, and others up to space. They're in trouble, and we won't see much more (until we catch up next time).

But the credits scenes do bring several of the movie's characters, and put them in places where we are particularly eager to see what happens next. Here we go.

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Credits Scene 1: Meet Eros, aka Star Fox (aka Harry Styles)

Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

The first credits scene introduces a massive superstar into the MCU: Harry Styles.

Three of our Eternals, Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Druig (Barry Keoghan), and Thena (Angelina Jolie) are spending time aboard their spaceship, worried about what may be happening on earth, as they haven't heard from their fellow Eternals/friends in a while. Still, they have their eyes on the prize: they're seeking out Eternals on other planets, hoping to tell them the truth about their origin and about Arishem the Judge's true intent.

Suddenly, though, they hear someone on their ship, and all of a sudden there's a big introduction happening. A creature named Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt and presumably motion captured a la Rocket Raccoon) emerges on the ship, introducing a hero of the realm who can probably be of some service: Eros of Titan (Harry Styles), also known as Star Fox and the older brother of a guy you may have heard of named Thanos.

“Your friends are in big trouble, and we know where to find them," Eros tells the Eternals before the scene cuts out. In his Marvel Comics origin, Eros is an Eternal himself (Thanos has a Deviant gene, explaining why he looks like a big purple monster), and seems well positioned to help our heroes with their search and their next step.

Given these folks are all in space, it wouldn't be surprising if we next saw them all crossing paths with some of our other cosmic heroes, including Captain Marvel, Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (The Marvels is due out in 2023, and the latter two will both be appearing in next year's Thor: Love and Thunder).

One other potential crossover spot for our new friend Eros? In next year's She-Hulk series on Disney+, which will star Tatiana Maslany as the titular hero/attorney. In a 2005 She-Hulk comic run, Jennifer Walters (a cousin of Bruce Banner and She-Hulk's true identity) was defending Eros on Earth against charges of sexual assault, for using his charming powers (oh yeah, he can psychically control other people's emotions) to seduce a married woman. It's doubtful that Disney+ goes with that storyline, but there's canonical history between the characters.

Credits Scene 2: Dane's Up to Something

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Kit Harington doesn't have a huge role in Eternals, but it certainly seems to be setting him up for way, way more. As Dane Whitman, Harington only appears in two scenes plus a brief bit on FaceTime, but then at the end of the movie—just before Sersei is plucked off the face of the earth by Arishem—he comes clean, telling her that he's got a bit of tricky family history of his own. But she's plucked off the face of the Earth before he can say any more.

In the second credits scene, we find Dane hyping himself as he opens a large box, looking and about to grab a large sword. Fans can assume this is the Ebony Blade, as Dane Whitman in the comic becomes Black Knight when he and the members of his family wield the blade. While Dane in the Comics becomes a hero and even an eventual Avenger, his family doesn't have quite as nice history.

In the credits scene, just as Dane is about to pick up the Ebony Blade, an off-screen voice chimes in: “Sure you’re ready for that?”

We can't quite identify who the voice is just yet, but it sure sounds like The Watcher, played in What If...? by Jeffrey Wright. If so, that would mean that Eternals is once again pointing toward the MCU's multiversal future, and also hinting that The Watcher is going to play a role in more than just Marvel Studios' first animated series.

Others have suggested it could be Nick Fury, recruiting Dane for some sort of team or mission, and others have suggested it could even be the first introduction of Blade, set to be played by Mahershala Ali. But right now, our money is on The Watcher. We'll have an answer soon enough.

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