WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the ending of Eternals.
One of the questions that the viewers were wondering after watching Eternals is about the fate of Ikarus. When the third act of the film came, he was positioned as the antagonist as he firmly believes that the Emergence should happen. A fight with the other Eternals ensued. By the end, as he started to feel regret about betraying Sersi and his family, he sacrificed himself by flying directly to the sun. But does it mean that he's actually dead for good? Now, we have the answer.
In an interview with CBR, Eternals co-screenwriter Kaz Firpo explained the motivation behind Ikarus' decision at the end and he gave a confirmation that the character is indeed dead. He said, "What is the melting point of an Eternal? How long does it take to literally melt an Eternal robot? For what it's worth... yeah, it was always that. He can't bear to face his family after what he's done, which he realizes. I don't think that Ikaris even thinks that he's wrong. I think that he just has so much regret. He's very sorry. I think he's sorry for the way he lived his whole life on this planet, and that's a lot of burden to carry. So really, that act is basically saying, "I made a mistake, but I can't face my family, and I can't go on living.""
He added, "It began as an exile that I think, throughout the course of the filmmaking, really became something that needed to be definitive. It really is a moment of saying, “It's sacrifice.” It's sort of saying, “I can't serve the Eternals. If I can't serve the Celestials, and I can't be with my family, then I choose this third option,” which -- for him -- really is oblivion. So yeah, he dead."
There you go, Ikarus really did make a sacrifice and died at the end and we might not see him again in an Eternals sequel or any other MCU projects (unless of course he gets resurrected in some way, appear in a flashback, or through the magic of the multiverse). Some fans were surprised about the decision regarding the character's portrayal and fate in the film, but it does show that Marvel is willing to take a bold step and bigger swings as they are going through Phase Four.
Despite the mixed reviews from critics, the film received positive responses from the audience and it did well enough at the box office to call it a success during the current pandemic era. While Marvel hasn't officially announced a sequel, it is likely a guarantee at this point.
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