Marvel’s Eternals are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they are a big team — so who exactly are they, and what actors are playing them?
Who Are The Eternals?
The Eternals are a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years. They have been told not to interfere with human affairs, natural disasters, and anything that could potentially change the course of the future — unless it involves the Deviants.
The Deviants are a race with unstable DNA and various mutations who hide underground and in caves on Earth.
The Eternals can join their will and intelligence into one powerful entity, which they called the Uni-Mind. Having no race or gender, the Uni-Mind is made of light, mind, and pure energy, and other species, such as humans, could join safe from harm.
Played by Richard Madden.
Ikaris is the tactical leader and most powerful Eternal and takes pride in keeping the other Eternals safe. Moral, kind and charismatic, Ikaris boasts the power of incredible strength, flight and the ability to project beams of intense cosmic energy from his eyes.
Played by Angelina Jolie.
Thena, a fierce warrior more comfortable in battle than any other place, she has the ability to use cosmic energy to form any handheld weapon she can think of. Often surly and aloof, she forges an unlikely friendship with Gilgamesh that spans centuries.
Played by Lauren Ridloff.
Makkari is the fastest woman in the universe. She uses her cosmically powered super-speed to scout planets for the Eternals, and as the only deaf Eternal, the sonic boom that accompanies her cosmic running does not affect her.
Played by Brian Tyree Henry.
Phastos is blessed with the power of invention. He is able to create whatever he can imagine provided that he has enough raw materials at his disposal. Over the centuries, he has helped nudge humanity forward technologically while always keeping his brilliance hidden.
Played by Gemma Chan.
Sersi is the Eternal with an affinity for humanity. Sersi has the ability to manipulate matter, changing the makeup of any non-sentient material she touches. She’s also been in love with Ikaris for centuries.
Played by Ma Dong-seok.
He’s the strongest and kindest member of the team. Capable of projecting a powerful exoskeleton of cosmic energy, Gilgamesh is a fierce warrior who has become legendary for his fights with Deviants throughout history.
Played by Salma Hayek.
In the comic books, Ajak is a male.
Ajak is the spiritual leader of the Eternals. Her wisdom has helped guide the team since they arrived here from their home planet to help defend humanity. Ajak can not only heal humans and Eternals alike, but she is able to communicate with the Celestials as well.
Played by Kumail Nanjiani.
Kingo is the Eternal with the power to project cosmic energy projectiles with his hands. Over the centuries, he has become enamored with the idea of fame. In present day, he’s a famous Bollywood star.
Played by Barry Keoghan.
Druig can use cosmic energy to control the minds of men. Druig has become withdrawn from the other Eternals because he disagrees with how they’ve interacted with mankind over the centuries.
Played by Lia McHugh.
Sprite has the ability to cast lifelike illusions. Her friendship with Sersi hides a world-weary sadness because she’s been treated like a child by humanity for centuries. But Sprite is much stronger and more clever than she appears.
Played by Kit Harrington.
Also Known As Black Knight.
Not an Eternal.
The original Black Knight’s descendant and the supervillain Black Knight’s nephew, he inherited a mystical sword that carried a curse and took the Black Knight name to help restore honor. He becomes romantically involved with Sersi but their relationship is strained quickly as she is increasingly unstable and aggressive.
Rumored to be voiced by Dan Stevens.
Deviant. Not an Eternal.
Kro is one of the first Earth Deviants created and is a military leader for them. He is an immortal shapeshifter, but hides with from his fellow deviants. He is in an on-again-off-again relationship with Thena for thousands of years, and the two have twin children together.
Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
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