Connecting the Dots: The Eternals Saga

 

There are two types of speculators: those who lead and those who follow. By the time news hits, cheap copies of relevant keys are gone and sometimes all that are left are overpriced, often lower grade scraps. It’s the individuals who actually read and research comics who ultimately profit by making insightful, sometimes far-out, connections that puts them far ahead of the market.

 

There’s a ton of speculation surrounding Marvel’s The Eternals in the cinematic universe. These characters lend themselves to a host (pun intended) of possibilities to drive the MCU through its fourth phase. A few developments provide potential evidence how these characters might be used.

Following Avengers: Endgame, the MCU will need a new major antagonist to drive the integrated universe. Annihilus and others have been suggested; however, the Celestials could be that threat. The Celestials, as seen briefly in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, are established in the MCU. Furthermore, to adapt the Eternals you need them. If the movie comes anywhere near canon, the Celestials, will return to pass judgment on earth. It would be logical that the Avengers would respond to that global threat, thereby teaming them with the Eternals, much like they did with the Guardians in Infinity War. Casting rumors place Eternals nemesis Druig as the villain in the film, but like Thanos in his early cinematic appearances, the Celestials could also loom behind the scenes. Their widely speculated first appearance is in Eternals #2.

It’s also important to note that several Eternals have served as Avengers in the comics: Sersi (Eternals #3), Starfox (Iron Man #55) and Gilgamesh/The Forgotten One (Eternals #13).

Chris Helmsworth’s comment that he would consider signing a new contract to continue his role of Thor is interesting. (His contract ends after Avengers: Endgame.) Initially, it was rumored that the Eternals cast would include an “unnamed Greek god.” Most assumed that this character is Hercules. However, consider Thor #283 301, called “The Eternals Saga,” saw the God of Thunder join with the Eternals to battle the Celestials. What if the plan was to use Hercules in place of a departing Thor? If Helmsworth re-signs, or Marvel commits to recasting Thor, it could open up the possibility of the Eternals and Thor crossing over in several movies.

Furthermore, by issue #300, Odin and the gods of Asgard were all dead; however, they were resurrected in issue #301. As the cinematic Asgard lies in ruins and most of the gods dead, this could be a viable way for them to return. It certainly seems like Marvel is committed to the characters on TV and the movies.

It's also hard to ignore the Dane Whitman, Black Knight connection. It's been heavily speculated that the Black Knight will appear in Phase 4, if not Endgame. The character is also heavily connected to Sersi of the Eternals. In the classic “Gatherers” story arc of Avengers #343 375 (complete with leather jackets and light sabres), Whitman becomes Sersi's gann josin, which binds the two. This history is convenient; the two characters could meet up again in the movies.

All this is, of course, is speculation. From an investment perspective, obviously the heavily speculated Eternals (first series) keys are important. Thor Annual 7 and Thor #283 301 would also be logical pickups as they depict stories that re important in Eternals canon. Even if the Eternals Saga is not completely adapted, certainly elements could be incorporated. There are plenty of copies out there, high grade too. As bronze age books, they are always collectible and there are Mark Jeweler and Canadian editions available for many in this run. Furthermore, the out-of-print, two volume collection of The Eternals Saga in trade paperback is a great find; they are pricey and somewhat rare.

3 comments

  • VintageComicsAndToys
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    Good stuff Jason!

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    Great write-up!

    I jumped on the Eternals bandwagon about two years or so before the rumors/news started circulating, so I got them super cheap. Even the price visitants weren’t all that expensive compared to where they are now. When the news first hit I sold some of them which pretty much paid for in the rest of the short box full of bronze age Eternals comics I am sitting on. Should be a nice payday when more concrete news and casting are eventually announced.

    For those who didn’t get on this series early I still think the prices for higher/high grade copies are still reasonable compared to where they have a very good chance of getting to, especially if the property spans multiple movies and cross-overs. That and Kirby’s run only lasted nineteen issues(twenty with the annual), so it isn’t a difficult set to complete! Ton of first appearances throughout those nineteen issues too!

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    I have all of these issues except Iron Man.

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