If Marvel release dates were ordered by anticipation, Spider-Man: No Way Home would be the next project to drop. As this is not the case, Eternals will be the next movie set to release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in November. Directed by Chloe Zhao, Eternals has faded into the background of upcoming Marvel movies, in part due to the massive hype generated by Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The multiverse is coming to the MCU in a big way. Naturally, audiences are itching for more content like Loki, which dealt heavily with multiversal topics.
Believe it or not, I am here to tell you that Eternals is going to have just as much of an impact on the MCU as both No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness. While those deal with the future of the sacred timeline, Eternals takes us back, deep into the past of the Celestials.
We were first introduced to the concept of Celestials in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. The Collector shows Peter Quill and Gamora an image of Eson the Searcher wielding the Power Stone while on the planet Knowhere, the severed head of an ancient celestial. Additionally, Peter’s father is a pesky Celestial known as Ego the Living Planet, who (in addition to being an entire planet) spent several millennia disseminating his evil plants across the galaxy. If you’re thinking, “These guys don’t sound all that good,” then you are absolutely correct.
Before we begin, we need to understand the concept of planetary Hosts. The Celestials judge planets by “Hosts” in which they visit in phases to check on the progress of the planet. The Hosts come in four stages, the final being the stage that determines the planets’ fate. On that note, time to dive into the 5 Celestials we are prepared to see in Eternals.
Arishhem the Judge (Confirmed by trailer & director)
We know Arishem will be arriving in Eternals thanks to a quote from director Chloe Zhao in which she states Arishem will be the prime Celestial. He is the Celestial who forbid the Eternals not from interfering in human conflicts. As the leader of all Four Earth Hosts, Arishem is one of the most powerful Celestials in the comics. Eternals looks to be bringing that power into the MCU.
Jemiah the Analyzer (confirmed by trailer)
Jemiah is a very important Celestial. His job is to track the progression and endeavors of the many civilizations on which the Celestials experiment. As his name states, Jemiah analyzes samples obtained from his Celestial buddy Gammenon the Gatherer. Jeremiah was present during the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Hosts of Earth.
Nezarr the Calculator
Nezarr was a member of the Celestials who participated in the Fourth Host of Earth. He once had his arm cut off by The Destroyer seen in Thor. In this case, Odin wore The Destroyer armor and wielded his Odinsword. His arm grew back however because he, like many other Celestials, has regenerative properties. The faction of Celestials who battled with The Watchers also includes Nezarr.
Tiamat the Communicator (The Dreaming Celestial)
Tiamat the Communicator was the Celestial capable of notifying the Fulcrum (an omnipotent being) of the Celestials’ findings. His fellow Celestials attacked, betrayed, and imprisoned him under a mountain during the Second Host of Earth. Tiamat eventually re-awoke and decided to judge humanity by his own standards, rather than those of his Celestial counterparts.
The One Above All
The One Above All is the leader and most powerful of all Celestials. No one sees or encounters him, though Thor has met him before. The most interesting fact about One Above All is that he is uncharacteristically emotional for a Celestial.
These are the 5 Celestials I believe are the most plausible to show up in the upcoming Eternals movie. Follow @realslimblaney to discuss more about the movie!