Eternals

Dated Jul 25, 2021; last modified on Thu, 02 Sep 2021

Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman. Image from marvel.com

Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman. Image from marvel.com

Mark Evanier: Can you prove that ancient civilizations weren’t visited by space travellers and heralded as gods? Did those aliens alight on this planet eons ago and plant the seeds of our civilization?

The lack of concrete answers for these questions makes Eternals a worthwhile hypothetical. Prometheus addresses a similar question with the concept of Engineers.

Jack Kirby, 1976: I feel that playing around with this sort of conjecture is highly entertaining, and that we should aim our gunsights at this giant puzzle we’ve inherited more often. We can’t leave it all to the professors, pundits and paperback prophets. The puzzle belongs to you and me as well.

Chariot of the Gods? proposed that aliens had visited Earth in the distant past, influencing ancient cultures, including the Mayans. It was a best seller in the 70s, much to the dismay of academics.

I don’t like the idea that humans did not figure out our advancements by ourselves. The premise of Eternals providing key advancements like agriculture, metallurgy, fire, writing feels underwhelming.

As much as I’m not a fan of Great Man™ theories, it’d be a bummer if humanity needed outside hints to progress.

Premise: Celestials came to Earth and examined and split a proto-human, and from it, produced two templates: one for the Eternals and one for the Deviants.

Eternals are guiders/protectors. As long as Earth is, the Eternals cannot die. The Eternals, being disease-free, immortal and superpowered, are programmed to believe their family relationships, given artificial memories, programmed and not to question things.

Supernatural beings that are in service of the physiologically inferior humans, at the behest of superior beings mirrors the angels, humans and God dynamic in Christianity.

Deviants are different from the Eternals in that each member is a roll of the genetic dice, as opposed to being the pinnacle of evolution. The Deviants (Changing People) were created by the Golden One, a Celestial. He wanted to let the Deviants be for he had given them dominion over the Earth. However, the other Celestials tricked him, buried the Golden One (The Dreaming Celestial), and scattered the Changing People.

Why make the Deviants if all they’ll cause is harm? A similar question arises for why create The Devil.

Bad guys shooting at party guests. Makkari enters hyperspeed for the first time. Deliberates that moving the people at hyperspeed will kill/injure them. Picking up the bulltets is infeasible because they’re too hot and the energy has to go somewhere. Picks up bullets in a metallic bucket and puts them in a safe. Talks of things ahead of him blue-shifting and behind him red-shifting.

Extra points for Gaiman considering the physics of QuickSilver’s Time in a Bottle scene in X-Men: Days of the Future Past . Not sure how Makkari was able to open the safe though.

The Dreaming Celestial: When I spoke, worlds listened, and when I was silent, the solar winds did not blow for fear they might disturb my thoughts.

Vivid personification. I like it!

Dreaming Celestial: They said it [The Changing People?] was a crime against life, but without me there could have been no life.

If one creates life, does that give them the right to take it away? This doesn’t hold on lower scales

  1. Eternals. Neil Gaiman. Marvel Entertainment. 2006.