Easter Egg References You May Have Missed From The New Eternals Trailer

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While many feel that Avengers: Endgame was a fitting end for the MCU, it seems that the franchise is anything but done with the two universe-altering snaps at the literal hands of Thanos and Tony Stark – and the official trailer for Marvel's Eternals is here to prove that. With that said, Endgame did indeed mark the end of an era, with the Infinity Stone Saga reaching a truly epic conclusion.

Now, Marvel's Eternals is set to show the further implications of both the Snap – which saw a half of all life in the universe turn to dust after Thanos got his big purple hands on all six of the Infinity Stones – and the subsequent Blip – Tony Stark's sacrificial undoing of the villain's work.


The original teaser for Marvel's Eternals, which featured the beautifully pessimistic and hugely appropriate "The End of the World" by Skeeter Davis, was surprisingly epic and didn't waste any time in showcasing its star-studded line-up, which includes Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek and Kit Harington.

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Today, a brand-new trailer has emerged, and though it's becoming increasingly obvious that the MCU is scouring the more obscure section of Marvel's vast (perhaps eternal) comic book library for its Phase Four heroes, let's not forget how downright weird and doomed-to-fail Guardians of the Galaxy looked before it hit theaters in 2014. But who, or what, are the Eternals? And what's the synopsis?

The Eternals are an immortal alien race who have been on earth for thousands of years, defending it against creatures known as Deviants. Both the Eternals and the Deviants were created by the Celestials, cosmic God-like beings. The new film looks to be a follow-up of sorts to the events of Endgame, with the latest trailer suggesting that the Avengers' undoing of the Snap has deadly implications for the earth, while other Eternals are 'rounded up' from across the globe to prepare for a coming event known as the Emergence.

Check out the all-new trailer below:

Struggling to take it all in at once? Don't worry – here are all the Easter Egg references you may have missed…


The Snap and the Blip

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Straight off the bat, a voiceover from Salma Hayek directly references the unforgettable Snap. "Five years ago, Thanos erased half of the population of the universe. But the people of this planet brought everyone back with the snap of a finger," her character Ajak says darkly. And then she adds, "The sudden return of the population provided the necessary energy for the ‘emergence' to begin". But what is the Emergence? Going by the rest of the trailer, it sounds like it's either a pathway for the ‘Deviants' – the creatures our new heroes do battle with – or the return of the God-like beings the Celestials, who are referenced in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Why The Eternals Didn't Help in Endgame

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Quite refreshingly, in the new trailer, the heroes are challenged as to why they didn't help the Avengers fight Thanos, get involved in any other war, or any other "terrible event" throughout history – something that's often breezed over in other MCU films, particularly ones that focus on individual heroes, with fellow teammates nowhere to be seen. Gemma Chan's Sersi answers this, saying, "We were instructed not to interfere in any humans conflicts unless any deviants were involved."


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When Sersi is asked who instructed the Eternals not to get involved, the trailer cuts to a gigantic, robot-like figure, which appears to be the infamous Galactus, an iconic villain from Marvel Comics who was last seen on the silver screen in 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Galactus isn't a Celestial, but he is a cosmic entity that consumes planets and their energy sources. Whether or not his presence has been brought about by the Blip remains to be seen.

Vibranium Reference

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At the end of the trailer, Richard Madden's Ikaris tells Gemma Chan and Bryan Tyree Henry that they've "built the perfect safehouse", before asking whether the table they're sitting at is made of vibranium - a fictional metal frequently utilized in the MCU, whether it's Captain America's iconic shield or countless structures throughout Wakanda. Upon slamming his fist down, we learn that the table is nothing more than good old-fashioned wood, courtesy of IKEA.

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Of course, Marvel's Eternals isn't the first such property to address the events that unfolded in EndgameSpider-Man: Far From Home centered heavily around the Blip, while Disney+ shows WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki also dovetailed off the storyline in each their own unique way.


Both official synopses for Marvel's Eternals read as follows:

"When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again."

"Marvel Studios' Eternals features an exciting new team of Super-Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants."

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However, the upcoming film from Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zao looks to be a more ‘tonal sequel' to the events of the fourth Avengers movie, with the trailer promising a somber and serious affair. Somber and serious are two words more often associated with the DCEU, so it's refreshing to see an MCU installment that looks darker than anything that's come before it.

As for whether this will set the tone for the rest of Phase Four, we'll have to wait and see. Either way, it's probably wise for the next wave of films to have their own identity, especially if the MCU wants to continue its success.

Other Phase Four films include Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.


Marvel's Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, and Brian Tyree Henry, and is due for release on November 5, 2021.