However, what especially excites me personally is that this long-awaited installment to the Marvel movies will be the first iteration of the lesser-known superhero team outside of Marvel Comics, which never gave them much time to breathe despite their importance, anyway. Still, there is plenty to learn about the Eternals from the comics before their film hits theaters, starting with where these mysterious immortals came from.
Eternals Were Created By The Celestials Out Of Early Human Beings
Behind the scenes, the Eternals (who technically first appeared in 1940’s Red Raven Comics #1) are the brainchild of Jack Kirby as the legendary comic book writer’s own sci-fi twist on Greek mythology, before crafting a similar story for DC with the New Gods in the early 1970s. On the pages of Marvel Comics (who gave the Eternals their first self-titled series in 1976), the ageless, super-powered beings were created by the Celestials, which fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe should be familiar with already.
The story goes that the godly Celestials came to Earth to conduct experiments on the planet’s most primitive beings, resulting in three wildly different new species. One of these new creations would come to be known as the Eternals. Among the other two species, one would be able to look at the Eternals as saviors, while the others would see them enemies.