Marvel’s Eternals is in theaters and with that, discussion arises regarding the post-credits sequences. The two scenes may be confusing (and surprising) for viewers, but they’re great hints as to what’s to come in the MCU.
The following article contains spoilers for Marvel Studio’s Eternals.
Mid-Credits Scene: Eros (Starfox), the Brother of Thanos
Your eyes do not deceive you, as former boy-band sensation and current music icon Harry Styles made his MCU debut in the mid-credits scene of Eternals. As introduced by Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt), Eros aka Starfox has made his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The scene starts off with the Eternals who left earth, as they search for other Eternals. Druig, Thena, and Makkari are wandering in the Domo on their quest to find more Eternals. Suddenly, they get interrupted by a drunk Pip, who teleports onto the ship. He then proceeds to give a very dramatic introduction to the man himself, Eros (or Starfox, whatever pleases you). Eros then proceeds to explain to them how he is actually an Eternal as well. Additionally, he knows that the other Eternals that were taken by Arishem are in trouble, revealing he knows how to find them.
The scene may seem simple, but some questions arise from it. Especially in regards to the lineage of Eros. Earlier in the film, it is explained that all Eternals are created by the Celestials. If this is the case, then how can Eros be created by them and still be the brother of Thanos? The film seems to ignore the connection that Thanos has to the Eternals, at least for now. This will make things interesting when it comes to the actual explanation of Eros’ lineage.
The other question is how big of a role will Starfox have in the MCU moving forward. Casting Harry Styles is not a coincidence by any stretch. With an established music career and an up-and-coming acting push, Styles is actually the perfect person for the role. First appearing in “The Invincible Iron Man” #55, Starfox has been described by many as a womanizer that has a carefree attitude. The previous statement is the embodiment of Styles himself. Plus, pleasing his massive fanbase long-term ensures the MCU continues to grow outside of its current audience.
Post-Credits Scene: Black Knight, the Curse of the Ebony Blade
The actual post-credit scene may seem simple, but it actually has the potential to bring TWO new heroes into the MCU. The ending of the film itself has Dane Whitman on the verge of telling Sersi his secret regarding his family lineage before she gets abruptly taken by Arishem. Afterwards, the post-credits scene features Dane debating whether to open a rather large crate. He is then seen reciting the line “Mors Mihi Lucrum”, which is Latin for “Death is my reward”. He then opens the crate to reveal a rather interesting sword. As soon as he is about to touch the blade, he gets interrupted by someone off-screen. The identity of the voice isn’t revealed by the film, but we believe a highly-anticipated Marvel hero may have just made his MCU debut.
Of course, some have speculated that this is the voice of Nick Fury. The scene clearly hints at Dane’s transformation as the Black Knight, a former Avenger in the source material. However, Nick Fury is supposed to be off-world currently and if it were him, why not show him? Why leave a character so well-known out of it? Here’s our answer:
Can it be none other than Mahershala Ali as Blade? Ali’s voice is quite recognizable and distinct, which makes it an easy catch for keen listeners. As to the relationship between Blade and Black Knight, there really isn’t much to go off of. In terms of angles that can be taken, the actual curse of the ebony blade could be the linking point between these two characters. They both use swords, so there is also that as well. Like many things in the MCU, it’s just a matter of waiting and finding out who the mystery person was.
Going back to Dane Whitman himself, the scene serves as the (semi) introduction to the Avenger known as Black Knight. First appearing “The Avengers” #47, Black Knight (Dane Whitman) is known for using a mystical sword known as the Ebony Blade. What makes him so interesting is the actual curse the blade carries with it, as alluded to in the scene. Despite the side effects, the powerful weapon makes the Black Knight a worthy superhero for Earth’s Mightiest Team. It sure seems that it won’t be long until we see Whitman suit up and wield the Ebony Blade.
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