New Marvel Theory Explains Why ‘The Eternals’ Did Not Show Up to Take Down Thanos in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Marvel will be introducing a host of characters in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a new group of superheroes in The Eternals. We cannot wait to see what Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, and Richard Madden bring to the table, but the project has raised questions about why the group was completely missing in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel has remained mum on that front, but a new fan theory might shed light on why the Eternals did not take down Thanos (Josh Brolin).

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The cast of Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

What will Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ be about?

The Eternals will be the second movie in Phase 4 of the MCU, assuming Marvel’s schedule gets back on track amid the coronavirus pandemic. The first movie of Phase 4 is Black Widow, which was supposed to hit theaters on May 1.

The studio has been very secretive about The Eternals, but we do know that the story will primarily take place before the events in Endgame. In fact, Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed that the timeline will span thousands of years.

Feige has also confirmed that the Eternals know about the Avengers, though the opposite is not true. Nobody on the Avengers squad knew about the existence of the Eternals, at least when it comes to their connection to Earth.

But if the group of alien heroes is as all-powerful as they appear to be, it begs the question why didn’t they show up to lend a hand with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes needed them the most?

Fan theory explains why the Eternals remained in hiding

A new Marvel fan theory sheds light on why the Eternals did not help the Avengers take down Thanos in Endgame. According to We Got This Covered, the theory points out that in the comics the Eternals are not supposed to get involved in human affairs.

If that holds true, then it would explain why the group of heroes held back, despite the fact that Thanos had already killed half of the life in the universe.

The theory also suggests that Thanos’ actions are what brought the Eternals out of the shadows. In the comics, both of Thanos’ parents are Eternals and passed on the Deviants gene to him.

Marvel has already revealed that the Eternals will be battling the Deviants in the upcoming film, so hopefully, we will learn more about how everything is connected when the movie premieres later this year.

Will Marvel release ‘The Eternals’ on time?

Filming for The Eternals wrapped up a few months ago, but the coronavirus pandemic has stalled post-production. Several special effects companies are working on the final edits for the project and the lockdown has forced them to work from home.

There is no telling if the visual effects will be completed before the film is scheduled to be released in November, but the crew is working hard to finish on time.

With Marvel postponing the premiere of Black Widow, it is possible that the studio does the same with The Eternals. This just depends on when Black Widow finally hits theaters. If it is too close to the November premiere of The Eternals, Marvel will likely push it back to space things out.

Marvel has not announced when Black Widow will open in theaters.

This group is protesting ‘The Eternals’ over same-sex kiss

Marvel has a pretty diverse cast appearing in The Eternals, fulfilling its promise to be more inclusive in the MCU. This includes introducing an LGBTQ superhero in Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos.

Most Marvel fans are excited about these developments, but there is a group that is protesting Phastos kissing his romantic interest in the film.

One Million Moms has officially started a petition online to boycott The Eternals. The group wants Marvel to remove the same-sex kissing scene and is calling all of their followers to skip the movie when it hits theaters.

Despite the protest, there is very little chance that Marvel is going to change anything about The Eternals. The studio has been vocal about being more inclusive moving forward and is unlikely to backtrack.

Marvel’s The Eternals is scheduled to premiere in theaters in November.