The newest Marvel movie – Eternals – debuted in theaters worldwide three weeks ago, and since then, so much has happened. The movie that divided critics and audience (again), and grossed $339 million worldwide is still a topic of conversation among the Marvel fans regardless of the current Marvel project Hawkeye, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is set to hit theaters in less than a month.
Many fans are debating what’s next for Eternals in the future of MCU, considering how the movie ended. The movie started with 10 members of the titular group. By the end of the movie, three of them are dead, three of them are on their ship, three of them are taken, and one left the group for good. Most of the questions that fans recently asked were about the three characters that didn’t survive their debut in Marvel Cinematic Universe – Ajak, Gilgamesh, and Ikaris.
Salma Hayek, who played Ajak, revealed after the movie’s debut that she signed for multiple MCU projects, so regardless of Ajak’s fate, it’s presumed we’re gonna see her again. On the other hand, Richard Madden’s Ikaris finished the movie on quite a note, by flying straight to the sun. Why? Presumably to end his own life. After watching the movie, many fans were confused about his fate, but soon, it surfaced on the internet that Ikaris is dead. And now, screenwriter Kaz Firpo confirmed it.
“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,” he explained. “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.’
It began as an exile that I think, throughout the course of the filmmaking, really became something that needed to be definitive,” he added. “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.”Kaz Firpo for Comic Book Resources
We shared the whole quote, but actually, only the last sentence matters. Ikaris is dead, and that’s final, at least for now. Could Ikaris return? Theoretically, he absolutely could. After all, in Marvel, rarely does someone actually stay dead, and when we take Arishem’s ability to recreate Eternals into consideration, we’d even say that dying is no big deal for Eternals, except the fact that they do not remember their past life, so the same thing could eventually happen to Ikaris.
It’s unknown when we’ll see Eternals again, but the post-credit scenes of the movie surely prepared us for a lot more. Marvel promised “Eternals will return” with the last sentence in the movie, and we’re holding them to it. Right now, the only thing we can do is wait.