Here’s what Harry Styles Eternals debut means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Details from Marvel’s “Eternals” and its first post-credits sequence are discussed in this article. If you haven’t seen the film yet, read our review, as well as our profiles of Salma Hayek and director Chloé Zhao.
If the sight of a certain former boy bander in the “Eternals” mid-credits sequence surprised you, you definitely have a much stronger relationship with the internet than the rest of us.
(And if you left the cinema before the credits rolled, congrats on your first ever moviegoing experience.)
“Eternals” includes a pair of post-credits additional sequences that tease future Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, as is customary for the series. The first of these two sequences picks up some time after the events of the main tale of the film and introduces a couple of new characters to the MCU. Harry Styles — whose long-rumored participation in something Marvel was spoiled well before “Eternals” made its formal premiere — plays the foxier of the two, while Patton Oswalt voices his hairy, small friend.
“Harry as Eros was very much a complete deal for me,” director Zhao said of Styles’ hiring. I recognised he was that role after meeting him, just as I had cast the rest of my cast. He has a lot of Eros in him.”
Half of the squad chooses to stay on Earth at the conclusion of “Eternals,” while the remainder returns to space aboard their spacecraft the Domo. Unfortunately for the Eternals, the Celestial Arishem is enraged that they opted to block the rise of another Celestial in order to rescue mankind, so he abducts Sersi (Gemma Chan), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), and Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) from Earth to suffer his wrath.
Thena (Angelina Jolie), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), and Druig are cruising on the Domo (Barry Keoghan). But the group is joined by a strange-looking CGI man called Pip (Oswalt), who presents the “Royal Prince of Titan” and “Thanos’ brother” Eros with a lengthy list of honours (Styles).
Eros is aware that the Earthbound Eternals are in peril, but he also knows where to look for them.
Eros is an adventurer whose interests have been known to lay in the pursuit of sensuous delights, making his debut comic book appearance in “Iron Man” No. 55 (1973). In the comics, he is an Eternal who was reared on Titan and is Thanos’ younger brother, with superhuman strength, flying, and the ability to influence people’s emotions.
In terms of permission, that final capability may be a little troublesome, since it was mentioned in several comic book plots (such as one where he was put on trial for sexual assault). To distinguish him apart from his brother Thanos, he was also noted for being physically handsome.
When Eros joined the Avengers, he adopted the identity Starfox. Eros/Starfox has shared stories with characters including Mar-Vell (from “Captain Marvel”), Monica Rambeau, She-Hulk, Gamora, and Pip the Troll, in addition to Thanos.
What is Pip the Troll’s name?
In “Strange Tales” No. 179, Pip makes his debut appearance in a comic book (1975). He was formerly a prince of the planet Laxidazia, but after sipping some hallucinogenic brew, as one is inclined to do, he was turned into his present look. Jim Starlin is the creator of both Pip and Eros.
Aside from Eros, comic book Pip is linked to Adam Warlock, who asked him to assist him in defeating Thanos before the Mad Titan utilised the Infinity Gems (also known as Infinity Stones) to destroy the cosmos. Pip was given the Space stone (which was in the Tessaract in the MCU movies) and was granted the ability to travel anyplace in the cosmos.
Pip has also appeared in comic book stories featuring the X-Factor mutants, the Silver Surfer, and other “Fantastic Four” characters.
So, how does this affect the MCU?
The most apparent implication of Eros and Pip’s entrance is that they will assist those aboard the Domo in rescuing their comrades in the upcoming “Eternals” edition.
Both characters have links to Adam Warlock, who was hinted at the conclusion of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017) and is set to be portrayed by Will Poulter in “Vol. 3.” This allows the possibility of Pip and/or Eros appearing in the “Guardians” sequel. They both have links to other “Guardians” characters in the comics, which is very interesting.
Because of his ties to Mar-Vell and Monica Rambeau, Eros/Starfox might appear in the planned “Captain Marvel” sequel “The Marvels.” And, although it’s doubtful that Marvel would address Starfox’s sexual assault plot, if he needs a lawyer for another reason, he may show up in the Disney+ series “She-Hulk.”
Obviously, Pip’s inclusion in the MCU does not imply that the Silver Surfer will emerge in the near future, but a “Fantastic Four” film has been announced.