Marvel's Eternals is a very different beast from a lot of other MCU films; directed by auteur Chloe Zhao, it is a slower-paced, meditative story which explores the emotional toll of immortality on a group of aliens who live on the fringes of human society for millennia. This departure from the familiar house style led many fans to dislike Eternals, but there is one thing that it does just as well as other Marvel movies: hiding Easter eggs in plain sight. And now that the film streaming on Disney+, a new video on the Heavy Spoilers channel just rounded up every niche reference and allusion.
The first Easter egg appears within seconds of the film beginning: the "six singularities" mentioned in the opening text are a reference to the Infinity Stones, those brightly colored McGuffins which propelled the plot of much of the last decade's worth of Marvel movies. Then following the introductory exposition montage, when we cut to Sersi in modern-day London, an ad can be seen for the Global Repatriation Council, the organization created to deal with the aftermath of the Avengers undoing the Snap, which was featured in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier.
A number of different versions of Captain America's shield also show up in the movie, first in Kingo's Bollywood number, and then later on his private plane, where the earliest design is on display. But it's not just Marvel properties that the movie is alluding to: Eternals includes a couple of nods to DC, with Phastos' son calling Ikaris "Superman," and Kingo's valet Karun being compared to Batman's butler Alfred.
The Celestial whose "emergence" functions as the movie's climactic crisis is named Tiamut, which is a reference to an apocalyptic figure from Babylonian mythology. This is especially apt given that ancient Babylon is one of the historical locations where we see the Eternals influencing humanity in the movie.
The film also namechecks other media, such as when Kingo says that Sprite is their group's equivalent of Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. And when the Eternals catch up with Makkari in the present day, she is wearing a T-shirt bearing the French cover art for H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, one of the most famous alien invasion stories of all time which has some parallels to this film's story.
Then there are those post-credits scenes. The first gives audiences their first glimpse of Harry Styles as Eros, aka Starfox, the brother of Thanos who has a long history in the comics and will be appearing in future movies. And finally, there's the Kit Harington of it all. Non-comic readers may have been a little confused as to what was going on with his character Dane towards the end of the movie, with those oblique references to his uncle and family history. As the final post-credit scene revealed, this was setting up his future in the MCU as Black Knight.
That same scene also featured an off-screen voice, which director Chloe Zhao has confirmed to be that of Mahershala Ali, the Oscar-winning actor who is entering the MCU as Blade, the daywalking vampire previously played by Wesley Snipes.
You Might Also Like