Marvel Studios Eternals was released to US cinemas on November 5th, 2021, and ushered in a new phase for the cinematic universe. Whilst Thanos does not appear in the film Eternals, fans have been quick to question whether he was an Eternal.
Following its cinematic release, Eternals is now available to stream across Disney+. With the introduction of Eros (Harry Styles) as Thanos’s brother, there is a possibility for Thanos’s backstory to be explored in subsequent Eternal’s installments.
Is Thanos an Eternal?
Yes, Thanos is an Eternal. In the Marvel Comics, Thanos has a strong connection to the Eternals as he is directly descended from them. Thanos is the son of Al’ars, whose father was Kronos. Following a civil war that divided the Eternals colony, Kronos ruled the Eternals of Earth.
Described as ‘the most evil, bloodthirsty and powerful villain in the universe’, Thanos is an Eternals-Deviant hybrid. It is his dual identity as Eternal and Deviant that accounts for his difference in appearance (most notably his purple colour and prominent chin).
In a post-credit scene, fans are introduced to Eros (Harry Styles), who is introduced by his sidekick Pip as being Thanos’s brother. Whilst Thanos’s story arc was concluded in Avengers: Endgame back in 2019, the family connection between him and the Eternals could mean his backstory is further explored in any Eternals sequels that may follow.
Who are the Eternals?
In a press statement from Disney, the Eternals are described as ‘a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against man-kinds oldest enemy, The Deviants”. The film introduced fans to an array of characters, who band together when the Celestials task the Eternals with protecting mankind from the Deviants.
The film featured an all-star cast, with Richard Madden (best known for his roles in Game of Thrones and The Bodyguard) as Ikaris. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie appeared as Thena, another blood relation to Thanos. They were also joined by Gemma Chan (Sersi) and Salma Hayek (Ajak).
Where to watch Marvel’s Eternals
Disney+ released Eternals to their platform on January 12th, 2022. The film is now available to stream across the UK and Ireland.
Eternals will join 13 other Marvel Studios films that are available on Disney+. All Marvel films on the platform are available to stream in IMAX Enhanced, which provides audiences with ‘an immersive viewing experience at home”.