The epic film Eternals is certainly a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The ambitious cinematic outing comes from Nomadland direct Chloe Zhao and examines a group of immortal superheroes from outer space who have protected Earth for generations from the monstrous creatures known as Deviants.
Serving their god-like masters known as the Celestials, the Eternals have always had a clear purpose – but huge revelations force them to make some tough choices about who they are and what they stand for.
However, the film itself includes some dramatic twists for the cast of characters, who are played by the likes of Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie.
Thankfully, you can now watch Eternals on Disney Plus as of Wednesday 12th January 2022 and enjoy all the drama again and again.
If you want more details on the finale of the film then be sure to read our ending explained article, while here we ponder the likelihood of an Eternals sequel film.
Naturally, however, there are quite a few major moments to get your head around in the finale so let us unravel them.
So, if you have seen Eternals and want to know more about the end-credits scenes, check out our breakdown below.
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**Spoiler warning for Eternals**
Eternals end credits scenes explained
How many Eternals end credits scenes are there?
Marvel Studios’ Eternals has two end credits scenes.
The first scene occurs mid-credits and features the Eternals on board the Domo spaceship meeting a very special new character and his companion.
The second scene focuses on the human Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) as he decides to go to great lengths for his beloved Sersi (Gemma Chan).
Both appear to set up major new stories for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Eternals mid-credits scene: Harry Styles is Eros/Starfox
The first end-credits scene catches up with Druig (Barry Keoghan), Makkari (Lauren Ridfloff) and Thena (Angelina Jolie) on the Eternals’ ship The Domo, which they set off on at the end of the film to tell other Eternals about what they’d discovered (i.e. they were all helping hatch baby Celestials, not protect planets).
However, after no contact from Earth for some time, they’d realised something was wrong with their fellow Eternals. Deducing correctly that their Celestial boss Arishem (David Kaye) had abducted Sersi, Sprite, Kingo and Phastos after they foiled his plans, they opt to “go back” – until they’re surprised by the arrival of an unfamiliar face.
Specifically, it’s the face of Pip the Troll, there to herald the arrival of his master Eros, described as the “Royal Prince of Titan,” “Starfox of mystery planet” and “brother of Thanos” among other things.
To us, though, he’ll always be known as Harry Styles, whose surprise arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was leaked from early press screenings.
Anyway, he’s here to help the Eternals. “Pip and I are here to help,” he tells the stunned trio of Eternals. “Your friends are in big trouble. And we know where to find them.”
Eros has quite a long history in the comics, which you can read about here, but in this context, it looks very much like he’s there to set up an Eternals sequel – or at least tease some more MCU appearances for Styles himself.
After all, Eros has a history (often romantic) with plenty of Marvel heroes and even joined the Avengers in the comics, so there are plenty of places he could pop up going forward.
Eternals post-credits scene: Black Knight and the Ebony Blade
The second tease follows Sersi’s (Gemma Chan) human boyfriend Dane Whitman, who’s also responding to her sudden abduction by Arishem.
In his office, we see Dane psyching himself up to open a mysterious box, emblazoned with his family crest.
“You can do this…you can do this,” he tells himself, before cracking it open to reveal a wrapped-up sword.
But this isn’t just any sword – this particular weapon comes with its own motto (“Death is my reward”) and a habit of whispering nasty little words when it’s gazed open, a bit like the One Ring.
“I’m sorry – I have to try,” Dane says, and reaches for the blade, only to be interrupted by another voice.
“Sure you’re ready for that, Mr Whitman?” an unseen American man says before the scene cuts away to black.
Director Chloe Zhao has since confirmed, surprisingly, that this voice belongs to none other than vampire hunter Blade, whose solo movie (starring double Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) was announced a few years ago (functioning as a reboot to the Wesley Snipes classic).
Zhao told Empire: “I gotta say, in just the little time I spent with Mahershala, I can’t wait for the Blade movie to come out. It’s gonna be epic.”
Apart from a love of… blades… it’s unclear what Blade’s interest is here, though in the comics he and Dane are part of a superhero team called MI: 13.
More explicitly, this scene sets up Dane’s transformation into his comic-book alter-ego, The Black Knight, a superhero who has appeared sporadically over the years.
In the comics, Dane is usually the bearer of the Ebony Blade, a family heirloom that deflects magic and protects its wielder from death. Unfortunately, it also corrupts those who hold it into feelings of bloodlust and violence, making it a dangerous weapon for anyone to use for long.
(Notably, the Ebony Blade is name-checked earlier in the film when Thena is playing around with Excalibur – in the comics, both came via the wizard Merlin, but have very different power sets.)
Within this context, the second post-credits scene makes a lot more sense. Clearly, Dane intends to try and rescue Sersi by playing the only card he knows, tying himself to the power of the Ebony Blade. He’s nervous because he knows what it could (or will) cost him, but willing to try anyway to save his girlfriend.
Mentions of his difficult uncle (who Sersi encourages him to make up with) are also drawn from the comics, where Whitman’s uncle Nathan Garrett was known as a supervillain also called The Black Knight (he was the first one, in fact).
Presumably, we will see the other shoe drop in a future Marvel movie when Dane becomes the Black Knight, though whether that will be in an Eternals movie or some other project (maybe the Blade movie?) remains to be seen.
Either way, Game of Thrones fans might not be too sorry to see Kit Harington wearing black, wielding a special sword and helping someone kill undead warriors all over again.
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