Why ‘Eternals’ trailer namedrops Iron Man and Captain America

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Marvel has finally dropped the first full trailer for its upcoming phase 4 movie Eternals on Monday, May 24. Just in case you missed it, the two-minute clip featured a major Marvel Universe easter egg by namedropping Iron Man and Captain America at the end. But what is it about, really?

Eternals is based on the 1976 comics by Jack Kirby, which talks about a group of godlike beings hiding on Earth. According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Fage, this group of immortals “have been on Earth for 35,000 years” and have “been there amongst the MCU.”

The trailer features the Eternals—portrayed by superstars Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Lauren Ridloff, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, and Barry Keoghan—as they finally interfere with the world’s tribulations. It also presents Kit Harington as non-Eternal Dane Whitman a.k.a. Black Knight.

In the final scene of the Eternals trailer above, Lia McHugh’s Sprite asks Richard Madden’s Ikaris who he thinks will lead the Avengers now that “Captain Rogers and Iron Man are gone.”

According to entertainment portal The Direct, the namedrop emphasizes the fact that the Eternals are well aware of the Avengers’ existence in the world. They might have not interfered with MCU’s previous world-ending events because they know that the planet is in good hands with the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. 

Things began taking a different turn when the Avengers were faced with their most powerful enemy, Thanos, in Endgame. As you may know, Thanos was born with Deviant Syndrome. And based on the comics, Deviants are the Eternals’ mortal enemies.

With the main leaders of the Avengers disappearing after their final battle with Thanos, Deviants now have the opportunity to reign supreme over mankind. Knowing full well that Earth’s Mightiest will not defeat the evil humanoids, this could be the moment where the Eternals are stepping up to save the human race. 

Directed by Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zhao, Eternals will premiere in theaters on November 5, 2021.

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