After the great Marvel drought of 2020, this year has seen a return to form for the MCU with an almost endless stream of new films and TV series.
One of the most highly anticipated new arrivals is Eternals, which looks set to introduce some of the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe.
Thanks to their mysterious origins and motivations, fans have been left with plenty of questions about the Eternals and their enemies, the Deviants.
One of the questions to emerge following the release of the newest trailer is whether Thanos was one of these Deviants and why the Eternals didn’t attempt to stop his genocidal plan.
Eternals’ final trailer
The second and final major trailer for Marvel’s Eternals arrived on August 19th, 2021
The new sneak-peek at Eternals offers up some much-needed information on the mysterious and all-powerful beings as well as prompting plenty more questions.
We learn through Gemma Chan’s matter-manipulating Sersi that the Eternals have watched over humanity for 7,000 years and have protected Earth from the villainous Deviants.
The trailer also shows off a Celestial being, seemingly Eson the Searcher, as well as giving us a glimpse of the Deviants, most notably Kro.
What are Deviants?
- The Deviants are a humanoid race with superhuman abilities and are the ancient enemies of the Eternals.
However, both groups share the same lineage as they were both created by the colossal alien race known as the Celestials millennia ago.
The Deviants were created one million years ago by Ziran the Tester through experiments on the ape-like Homo Erectus species. But the unstable Deviant race evolved much faster than their humanoid counterparts and would have conquered Earth if not for the intervention of the Eternals, themselves created by a Celestial named Nezarr the Calculator.
Their rapid mutations led the Deviants to develop troll and ogre-like features which led to them being shunned by the Eternals and the burgeoning human race, heightening the conflict between them.
In the new Eternals trailer, we are introduced to Kro, one of the leading figures in the Deviats as he toys with Angelina Jolie’s Thena.
In the Marvel comics, the Eternals and Deviants eventually called a truce between themselves and humanity after a destructive visit to Earth by the Celestials.
Could we be seeing something similar in Eternals where the Celestials are revealed as the real villains?
Is Thanos a Deviant?
- In the Marvel comics, Thanos is of Eternal lineage but was born mutated, not unlike the Deviants.
Thanos’s lineage was explored in an explainer video on Marvel’s YouTube channel which reveals that Thanos’s father, A’Lars was an Eternal.
However, while the Eternals appear to be human, Thanos was born with purple skin and was mutated like the Deviants.
As a result, Thanos cannot be categorically described as a full Eternal or full Deviant as he treads the line between both groups.
Perhaps then, this is the reason why the Eternals didn’t intervene when Thanos attacked Earth as he was technically one of their own rather than an out-and-out Deviant.
Marvel’s Eternals arrives in cinemas on November 5th, 2021.