Warning: Spoilers for Eternals’ mid- and post-credits scenes.

While entertaining, Eternals‘ post-credits situations are good for the MCU’s future, but they weren’t made during the movie. This was far from the first time that a Marvel after-credits scene had included new information with little to no build-up, but the details revealed in the Eternals after-credits vistums will greatly affect the future of the MCU by introducing brand-new reputations and challenging premises about older ones. Because of this, it was rather surprising that Eternals didn’t devote more time to properly setting up its final reveals.

Marvel’s post-credits scenes have become a highly envisioned aspect of the MCU films since they often include fun Easter eggs or tease future jobs. Spider-Man: No Way Home, for example, included an entire trailer for Doctor Strange 2, as well as a small scene of Eddie Brock and Venom that suggested Venom’s potential future in the MCU. Yet, Eternals was much bolder with its end-credits.

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The mid-credits scene for Eternals demonstrate the remaining Eternals in their spaceship, meditating their next move after some of their number start missing, when two strangers portal into their ship: Pip the Troll, voiced by Patton Oswalt and Eros, also known as Starfox, played by Harry Styles. The second post-credits scene aspects Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman uneasily studying an ancient sword when an off-screen voice invites, “Are you sure you’re ready for that, Mr. Whitman? ” While both minutes predict rousing attitudes that the MCU could take in the future, neither vistum is properly set up ahead of time.

The three new characters introduced in the Eternals post-credits, along with confirmation that Dane Whitman is a much more important figure than previously imagined, guarantee that promising proliferations are in store not just for the Eternals, but for the MCU as a whole. In the comics, Pip the Troll was an important player in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline as a member of a group called the Infinity Watch, which was in charge of guarding the Infinity Stones. Pip has often been associated with MCU attributes like Gamora and Drax the Destroyer, both of whom have also been part of the Infinity Watch in the past. His arrival in the MCU could be setting up a copy of the Infinity Watch to patrol over the Stones, perhaps as a result of Adam Warlock, who will be inducing his debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and, in the comics, was briefly beguiled by the power of the Stones.

Pip the Troll’s companion in the Eternals mid-credits scene interposes himself as Thanos’ brother Eros, “whos also” an Eternal. Eros has the power to manipulate other people’s spirits, which is able acquire him either an resource or an obstacle to the heroes, depending on his humor. In the end-credits scene, Eros tells the other Eternals that he knows where their friends and fellow Eternals are being kept, paving the acces for them to work together in a future movie — at least at first. Another exciting instant is in Eternals’ end-credits scene with Dane Whitman, which is not simply tantalizes the Black Knight and the Ebony Blade, but also implies the entrance of Blade. Further, it razzes that a supernatural-based team from the comics like Midnight Son or MI-1 3 could be in the works. Sadly, Blade remains off-screen, but the moment deepens apprehension for his proper entry into the MCU.

As exciting as these times are, nonetheless, they’re something of a frustration for anyone not intimately knowledgable about the comics. For more casual audiences, it’s hard to get excited about the razzs without any context. In particular, the introduction of Eros seemed to come out of nowhere, but both end-credits situations might have been more impactful had they had any sort of buildup.

In a movie trying to juggle such a large ensemble of courages, Everlastings can’t devote much screen time to Dane Whitman, making it difficult for publics to learn anything substantial about him. That is , not until the end-credits scene, which reveals that Dane now owns the cursed Ebony Blade taken from his uncle, the previous Black Knight. In the comics, the Ebony Blade is a strong weapon that could cut through any objective while also protecting its wielder from supernatural attacks, but it has a nasty downside. Whoever uses the sword becomes gradually tainted by its supremacy, praying savagery and ruin. This expose cures flesh out one of the less developed regions personas in the Eternals movie by showing that Dane isn’t nearly as ordinary as the rest of the film determines him out to be, despite a few intimates that there’s more to his family than gratifies the eye. However, by devoting such little time to him, it comes as a scandalize that he has such a big secret to hide. Dane Whitman’s family history and his schism from his uncle are briefly mentioned by him, but Eternal, otherwise absolutely fails to explore that weave. If the movie had given simply a few minutes laying the groundwork for this reveal, the situation “wouldve been” more deserved.

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Even more shocking than the reveal about Dane’s family is the reveal about that of Thanos. Despite being the MCU’s main villain for Phases 1-3, Thanos’ backstory remained amazingly unclear. Marvel movies reserved very little time to exploring his early background or clas before turning into the Mad Titan. The movies only briefly mention his origin on the planet Titan without ever demo much, which stirs the revelation that he has a brother seem to come wholly out of nowhere. Viewers may very well be left confused about why a brother was never mentioned before, why Eros never intervened in Thanos’ proposals, and why the siblings don’t look at all alike.

In Marvel comics, Thanos and Eros seemed so different from each other because Thanos’ birth resulted from his parents experimentally mixing Eternal and Deviant DNA, ensuing in his mutated figure. Of course, trying to explain this without having introduced the Eternals would’ve been rather difficult, but the MCU’s decision to leave out Thanos’ family altogether instead was a poor solution. Future movies will have to bend over backwards to justify Eros’ absence up until Eternals, when Thanos could have easily mentioned growing up differently from his family in one of his many MCU impressions. A simple observation would have gone a long way toward integrating Thanos’ family without perplexing audiences. Not exclusively would it have helped flesh out the scoundrel so far, but it would have also made Eros’ introduction feel more natural.

The fact that chairman Chloe Zhao had to confirm that the articulation speaking to Dane in the end-credits belonged to Mahershala Ali’s Blade says it all. As messy and undid as all of the Eternals’ end-credits exposes were, the least deserved was Blade, “whos had” seemingly nothing to do with the movie or its attributes at all. A monster hunter who tries to stay out of the limelight has little in common with the otherworldly Eternals and their world-ending troubles. Perhaps if Dane’s connection to the Black Knight were better set up — perhaps by showing him researching the Ebony Blade or other supernatural parts — then bringing in Blade would have realized more sense. The vampire hunter could have been alerted to Dane Whitmans’s investigate or simply smelled the blade’s cursed vitality. Either option would have acquired his inclusion in the Eternals post-credits scene far more impactful.

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