Marvel’s Eternals’ actor Patton Oswalt kind of confirmed that there would be a follow-up sequel to the movie back in early August. He also added that the fan-favorite actor Harry Styles (at least his stans rated him) will be returning to reprise his role as Eros of Titan/Starfox in the sequel, with Chloe Zhao also returning to direct.
There’s a lot of potential for a second Eternals movie since the movie already had a stellar cast of notable industry names like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Barry Keoghan, Kit Harington, and so on. But it is specifically Styles’ character, Eros of Titan, whose future in the MCU might be in trouble because of the character’s history in the comics.
Eternals’ Eros Not As Charming As You Think
Harry Styles is undoubtedly one of the most handsome faces in the entertainment industry today, not to mention the fact that he was part of the popular teenage-heartthrob pop band called One Direction.
So it’s only natural that Marvel cast Styles as Eros, a charming womanizer who looks as good as Styles does in the comics. But Marvel will just end up landing the character in big trouble if he continues to appear in the MCU.
Jim Starlin is the man behind the creation of the terrifying MCU villain Thanos, as well as his brother Eros. Starlin is also pretty concerned about how Marvel will be handling Eros in any of the projects that he will be added to in the future.
During an interview with Inverse, the 72-year-old comic artist cited a big reason as to why he’s intrigued with the character’s future-
“I have no idea what they’re going to do with him. I sort of left him as a sociopath, and he is sort of a sexual predator. So I’ll be curious to see how the MCU Eros fares up against the other one. Especially in this day and age. So that’s always a tricky one.”
For the unversed, Eros is accused of sexual assault in the comics, which makes it more of a reason for Marvel to discontinue the character altogether.
With the obvious implication that this would be PR suicide, it is also important to note that he’s played by the super-famous Harry Styles, and Marvel simply cannot afford to leave Styles out in any future production either because of his popularity.
Eternals Fans Now Have Mixed Feelings For Harry Styles’ Eros
The information about Eros’ history in the comics as a sexual predator came as a surprise to many, with some being shocked, and others being okay with it since it’s merely fiction.
Eternals fans definitely have a mixed opinion about Harry Styles‘ character now, who seems more and more likely to be left out of any future MCU project, let alone a sequel to the movie. Here’s a list of Twitter fans discussing the whole thing-
This user is in support of being faithful to the source material-
I mean what's wrong with being faithful to the character? I'd love to see Harry Styles try and portray a character like that 😂😂
— Prometheus Scoops (@prometheus42069) September 14, 2022
It’s a lucky revelation for this fan-
I would like him to stay very far away from the MCU. I am already oversaturated with Styles and I am tired of hearing about him.
— not_a_clever_username8000 (@mikekelly6301) September 14, 2022
Good point, maybe we’ll still get to see Styles in that suit again-
They rewrote characters before. They can do it again.
Good luck though.
— Lewis Jones (@LewisJo58265023) September 14, 2022
This fan further emphasizes a rework for the character-
It's the MCU they change everything and make it work
— quadriplegic MCU Fer 96🇲🇽 (@wrestlefer34296) September 14, 2022
This fan wants Marvel to continue with Eros despite the revelation-
Problematic people exist in real life and in fiction. If you as an adult can't separate the two concepts then you don't need to be allowed outside. With that said, what's the point in pretending? Write the story about the imperfect character and keep it moving
— The Pratt (@ThePrattLP) September 14, 2022
It’s crazy that a lot of fans are okay with having a sexual predator in the MCU, even if it’s all fictional. But it’s also important to have characters like Eros, who isn’t completely perfect in a moral sense, to be in the MCU since it’s all in the name of staying true to the source material, although that can also be worked on in future projects.
Eternals is currently available for streaming on Disney+.