The history of the Celestials will be expanded by the Eternals, even though it seems that their importance was planned.
The Celestials have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now. EternalsTheir importance in this universe was not planned. Over a decade, and through more than 20 films, the MCU brought a variety characters from Marvel Comics (heroes and villains) to the big screen. And even though the Infinity Saga is finished, this universe continues to grow. The MCU will introduce a new team, the Eternals, to its eagerly awaited Phase 4.
Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and introduces the title team, who are an immortal alien race created by the Celestials. The Eternals, who arrived on Earth centuries ago, have been leading humanity through the greatest conflicts and battles humankind has seen. After years of being apart, the Eternals will have to reunite to defend humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Although this will be the first appearance of the Eternals in the MCU and their story will be explored, it won’t be the first time the MCU addresses the existence of the Celestials.
Celestials, an ancient race with vast energy and matter manipulation abilities, are older than the Asgardians. Their origin is unknown and only a few people know about them, such as Taneleer Tilvan a.k.a. The Collector (played by Benicio del Toro), who revealed to the Guardians of the Galaxy that the Celestials used the Infinity Stones as a means of power against lesser life forms – for example, Eson the Searcher used the Power Stone to destroy an entire planet, and the mining colony now known as Knowhere is the severed head of a Celestial. Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father was later revealed to be Ego (Russell Crowe), a Celestial who tried to create another one to fulfill his plans. Now, even though the Celestials are already part of the MCU’s history, their importance in this universe was never planned.
During the peak of quarantine 2020, during a Q&A session via Twitter James GunnWhen Gunn was asked if he thought of adding the Celestials in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Gunn replied that it was either his idea or something Marvel requested. This was to set up their future role as Eternals. Gunn said that Marvel had only asked him to include a Thanos appearance. “maybe he could create an origin for the Infinity Stones”. The Celestials’ importance in the MCU, then, has been the result of what previous movies (especially those from the “comic side” of this universe) have been building, and it wasn’t planned from the beginning to be set up in Guardians of the Galaxy and paid off years later in Eternals. The Celestials’ bigger role in this universe would have had to happen anyway with the arrival of the Eternals, but Gunn adding them as part of the origin story of the Infinity Stones has surely made their future in the MCU a bit easier.
There’s still a lot to learn about the Celestials’ history and role in the MCU, and while Eternals will surely explain part of it, the focus of the movie is ultimately the title team and their role on Earth, so there’s only much it can tell about the Celestials. It’s also to be seen what their impact in future movies will be, and if their presence will be felt in other movies aside from EternalsPossibly Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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