Earlier this week—amidst the firestorm created by a certain post-credits scene in The Eternals—we suggested that, hey, maybe filmmakers should consider leaving post-credits scenes behind, period.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, we won't judge you either way), that will likely never happen. That said, The Eternals has not one, but two scenes for you to parse through after the over two-and-a-half-long film wraps up. Just to recap for those of you keeping track at home, the ending of The Eternals sees the spooky celestial Arishem thunder to Earth. He scolds the Eternals for screwing with the birth of another celestial under our green planet, lifting them into space and claiming he'll return once he scans through receipts and such. (We were slightly confused too, don't worry.) So, yeah—The Eternals ends on a bit of a down note. Thankfully, the post-credits scenes lift the spirits of the whole experience up a bit. Let's run through what went down, and how each might impact the future of the MCU.
Let's start with the moment that probably wasn't ruined for you two weeks ago. In the scene that runs after the credits fully wrapped, Kit Harington's character, the seemingly generic boyfriend Dane Whitman, is seen looking at a mammoth sword. Listen: Did you really think Marvel was going to cast Jon Snow and leave it at that? No. He's checking out this sword, when a voice calls out to him: Mahershala Ali's Blade. He asks, “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman?” That's about it. It seems like the secret Whitman was trying to tell Sersi is that he's somehow involved with and/or is the Black Knight, a mantle passed down through generations of Marvel Comics. Essentially, Whitman seems to be in line to receive the Ebony Blade—a mystical, sorcery-infused weapon of Arthurian legend. Does Harington think he's about to become the Black Knight?
"But the way I live my life is trying to live in the present, especially with work, so as far as I'm concerned, I'm Dane Whitman in this movie and go and see the movie and you might find out a bit more," Harington told Digital Spy. Not very helpful! Don't worry, with Blade calling Whitman's number, he might just need his help, with the sword in tow. We'll see Whitman again soon enough.
OK. Now. The man, the myth, the legend: Harry Styles. In the first after-credits scene, we glimpse the Eternals who weren't summoned by Arishem hanging around in their ship. Suddenly—and this is what people, strangely, aren't also talking about—Pip the Troll shows up. Do you need to know who Pip the Troll is? No. No you don't. Pip the Troll is drunk. He's also CGI'd like he walked out of Sonic the Hedgehog. Pip the Troll introduces Harry Styles, who isn't Harry Styles here, but a superhero named Starfox, known in the comic books for being able to control the emotions of others. Sounds a lot like his IRL counterpart. He's also the brother of Thanos. Expect Styles to lead an Eternals sequel, or even front his own film or Disney+ series. Plus, as a heads-up: A title card tells us that "The Eternals" will return, so we'll either see The Eternals 2 or its heroes show up again down the line.
One small question to wrap this all up: Where's the third post-credits scene? The one that sets up BTS? If you know, you know.
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