ETERNALS (2021): WHO ARE THE VILLAINS OF THE STORY?August 22, 2021
Eternals, part of the MCU’s busy 2021 schedule comes out in November. The movie features another incredibly diverse group of heroes as they unite to defeat a great evil.
The Eternals are a well-known Marvel Comics property, a group of divine beings created by the Celestials. They possess similar skill sets with varied specialties.
However, very little is known about the antagonists in the 2021 movie and how they will challenge our protagonists.
WHO ARE THE DEVIANTS IN ETERNALS?
The recent trailer made mention of the Deviants and show the Eternals in combat with fearsome creatures.
The Deviants are an offshoot of the Eternals, a mistake made in the creation of their “perfect” counterparts. Lacking the means to stand up to their creators, the Celestials, the Deviants choose to grind their axe against the Eternals.
The mutations of the Deviants are numerous and varied, no two are alike. The most radical mutations were, more often than not, culled and sacrificed. But the Deviants who did not mutate enough were shunned and exiled, sometimes killed.
A well-known member of the comic book Deviants is the Mad Titan, Thanos. In the comics, his Deviant nature causes his mother to try to kill him. His origin for his MCU appearances is drastically different; allowing the leeway to not require the comic book origin.
Fans can trace the conflict between Deviants and Eternals all the way to 1976 when the first Eternals comic was published. Humans use myths of gods and demons to explain the appearance of Eternals and Deviants over the years.
The conflict between the two races is so great and destructive, it causes the fall of Atlantis, along with the entire continent surrounding it.
The trailers don’t show the main antagonist to lead the Deviants but one scene in the trailer does give a hint as to who that might be.
WHO IS KRO?
In the comics, Kro is the military leader of the Deviants. A standout of the species, Kro is practically immortal, giving him more in common with the Eternals. He is also a shapeshifter, spending numerous years changing his identity to hide his true nature. Kro was once mistaken for the actual devil.
He also has a complicated past with Thena in the comics. Despite the enmity of their races, they are secret lovers. They have each made great sacrifices for each other and have had to oppose each other many times.
Kro’s interests lie in more than just defeating the Eternals and wooing Thena. He also contends with Ghaur, another Deviant, for control over a Deviant city in Lemuria, the sunken continent.
HOW WILL THE CONFLICT IN THE ETERNALS SHAPE UP?
The main storyline of Eternals looks like it will take place after the initial conflict between the Eternals and the Deviants on Earth.
In the wake of the events of Avengers: Endgame, an event called the Emergence threatens to destroy the world in seven days. What the Emergence is and how it affects or is affected by the Deviants is unknown.
What we do know is that Eternals comes out in November 2021 and we can find out then.