The ‘Eternals’ Credits Scenes Tease a Trove of New Stuff

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios
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Now that Eternals has landed on streaming—exclusively on Disney+ for now—you're in the right place if you're looking for answers about those explosive credits scenes. The following story, obviously, contains spoilers for Eternals and implications elsewhere in the MCU.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know the deal: even though the credits have started to roll, it's certainly not time to turn your TV off just yet. Granted, fans of all movies should stick around for the credits and see the names and roles that went into making 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 were in 2021 for fellow MCU films Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. 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, whether that's in an Eternals sequel or another Cosmic-focused MCU movie we do not yet know).

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 Disney+'s She-Hulk series (due out at some point in 2022), 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 weren't totally sure who that voice was upon hearing it in the film at first. Some thought it may have been The Watcher, played in What If...? by Jeffrey Wright. Others thought maybe it was Nick Fury rounding up a new team for some sort of new mission.

But director Chloé Zhao confirmed that person's identity to Fandom: Blade, set to be played by two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, who provided the voice in this scene. “That was the voice of one of my favorite superheroes, Mr. Blade himself," she said. "Blade, Blade, Blade, yeah!”

The Blade movie was announced, with Ali in tow, back in 2019, and while it has no release date announced, it's set to be directed by Bassam Tariq and written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. "You just have to wait for it," Zhao added. "I don’t know what they’re doing with the movie, but Mahershala is is a treasure. It’s going to be epic.”

Now that we know it's Blade in the scene with Dane, it's fair to expect Kit Harington to be part of the Blade movie's cast, alongside Ali and Delroy Lindo—the only two cast members to be announced so far. We don't know where we'll be seeing either Dane or Blade next, but one possible spot (and don't count on it, but it's a possibility!) is this year's Moon Knight series, which will debut on Disney+. Moon Knight, Black Knight, and Blade seem to all occupy the same dark edges of the Marvel world. And wouldn't it be great to see Ali, Harington, and Oscar Isaac in some scenes together?

Harington himself told Fandom that he didn't even know what was really going on in this scene when he was filming it; he only found out a few weeks prior to the premiere. “It’s really cool. [Chloé] texted me about that a couple of weeks ago and it sort of blew my mind," he said. "I didn’t know that that would be the case, so it’s pretty exciting for me.”

It'll be cool to see a burgeoning warrior wielding a legendary blade (in Dane/Black Knight) team up with a vampire hunter who's name is literally Blade. In fact, we literally cannot wait.

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