The Eternals are Marvel’s fictional species of humanity that are an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created life on Earth. Even though they are not characters fans know, Marvel Studios is looking to launch this new franchise in 2020. And since we barely know anything about them, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the Eternals.
The characters were created by Jack Kirby and made their debut in July 1976 in the issue The Eternals #1.
The concept was not born in Marvel
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created the Marvel Universe in the 1960s, but at one point Kirby took is ideas from Marvel’s owner and his false promises, and brought them to DC where he created a new race of gods – the New Gods from Kirby’s Fourth World Saga. But Kirby went back to Marvel in the mid-1970s when Goodman left and created a race of gods with a similar concept. This new race was the Eternals. However, he insisted that it not be part of the Marvel Universe at all. His idea of the Celestials, the beings that created the Eternals and the Deviants, returning to Earth to judge the planet, really did not work as part of a world where Galactus had already visited in the past.
Putting them into Marvel
Roy Thomas, who replaced Goodman, loved the idea and wanted to put them into the Marvel Universe in the pages of Thor. Thomas was fascinated with the idea of the Celestials and wanted to see them show up to judge the planet, so he had Thor meet the Eternals and discover their terrible threat! Later, Thor got the entire pantheon of the gods that wanted to see if they could stop the Celestials from judging the Earth. The Eternals decided to team up with the Pantheon of the Gods to try to fight back against the Celestials Celestials.
Jack Kirby wanted to launch each title of his Fourth World Saga, but DC told him that the books would not sell if he did not write and draw them himself. However, DC canceled it before he could finish it. And a similar situation happened to Kirby on the Eternals. He had a big goal in mind for the series, but he never got to it before the book was canceled. The book was canceled after 19 issues, so once again, a Kirby saga of the gods was cut short.
Immortal and gods
The main concept of the Eternals’ series was that the Celestials were going to judge Earth within the next 50 years. The Eternals were genetically altered by the Celestials to be immortal. They have been around for so long that humanity has credited them as some of the biggest myths and gods from the history of the planet. For example, the speedster Makkari was the god Mercury, Thena as the goddess Athena and Sersi was the witch known as Circe.
Superheroes are proto-Eternals
When the Celestials and the Eternals became a part of the Marvel Universe, writers wanted to see how they could be a greater part of it. The idea was that, while the Celestials experimented on humans as well as Eternals, some of the humans maintained a piece of that Celestial tampering, which explained how mutants came to be – were the result of Celestials altering the genetic code of humanity. Instead of making them just a part of the Marvel Universe, writer made them into the foundation of the Marvel superhero era. Even one of Earth’s earliest mutants, Apocalypse, was also connected to the Celestials.
Eternals Are Titans
As Marvel expanded, new writers were brought in with a great deal of freedom to work out new ideas in the comics. One of these young creators, Jim Starlin, did a few Iron Man issues where he introduced the alien race – the Titans, as well as Thanos. He expanded the history of the Titans and followed a lot of the same paths that Kirby was following in his work. He introduced the idea that many of the early Earth gods were based on cosmic beings, who ended up leading to the Titans. Titans became a part of the Eternals, which meant Thanos was a part of the Eternals landscape too.
Eternals Are Uranians
MArvel experimented a lot with their characters, an so Stan Lee and artist Russ Heath made Marvel Boy, a short-lived superhero comic books series. The idea behind him is that a Jewish scientist decided to leave Earth during the rise of Nazi Germany and he traveled to Uranus, where he met the Uranians. After that, he returned to Earth and became a superhero. During his story, it was discovered that the Uranians were also originally Eternals before they left Earth and settled on Uranus.
They have a genetic predisposition s known as Deviant Syndrome, which is considered a mutation. It is unknown whether it exists among all Eternals or only those of Titan, and the only known individual that was afflicted with the Deviant Syndrome is the Titanian Thanos.
Alternate Universe Eternals
Even though the past history of the Eternals of Earth-9997 mirrors that of their Earth-616 counterparts, the Celestials’ intentions on Earth-9997 for the Eternals was not exactly as beneficial as they believed. The Celestials’ method of reproduction is to impregnate the planet with a portion of their energy and put the imbibe Vibranium into the planet’s core, a method that would, after centuries of gestation, cause the destruction of the planet in the process of the birth of a Celestial. To protect the Celestial growing within the planet, they would manipulate the DNA of the dominant species to act as unknowing antibodies, which happened to the prehistoric version of a man on Earth.