Eternals trailer released by Marvel Studios
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When Marvel announces a new film, fans from all over the world scramble at trying to figure out where it could fit in the timeline, and what it could mean for the MCU as a whole. Eternals has been no different, with fans wondering at the implications of some celestial beings living on Earth.
Where does Eternals fit in the Marvel timeline?
While the exact moment the film comes is not entirely certain, one thing is for sure: it comes after the Snap.
The only film we’ve seen so far after the Snap, AKA after the events of Avengers: Endgame, is Spider-Man: Far From Home.
This film discussed the Snap fairly openly, also known as the Blip, as being a strange phenomenon which meant people went missing for four years.
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The Blip is also referenced in WandaVision, as Monica Rambeau returns from the Blip to find her mother has died, and she has no idea where she has been for that time.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier took place even later in time than that, as Steve Rogers had died, meaning it also followed Avengers: Endgame, and likely it also followed WandaVision.
However, the upcoming films and TV series Loki and Black Widow, as we know, mess around with the timeline somewhat, not taking place in similar moments.
For Loki, the version of Loki we see is not the one who died in Avengers: Infinity War, but one far earlier.
In Avengers: Endgame, the team go back to various moments to try and retrieve Infinity Stones.
One of these moments is after the events of Avengers Assemble when Loki has been arrested for his use of the Tesseract, AKA the Space Stone.
Loki uses the Space Stone, which he captures in the botched mission by the Avengers, and escapes their grasp, which is where the TV series Loki picks up.
As a result, this Loki is not the one we meet in later films when he and Thor are almost friends, and he ultimately dies while trying to defeat Thanos.
As well as this, Loki also jumps across timelines in his role as what seems to be part of a multiverse clean-up team, meaning we will likely see other characters in various places and times.
As for Black Widow, this takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, when Natasha Romanoff is upset by those events and attends to unfinished business in Russia.
So, given the MCU is jumping all over the place with the upcoming content, where will Eternals fit in?
The official synopsis gives something away and reads: “Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years.
“Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.”
Given their long history on the planet, Gemma Chan added this will play a part in the plot of the film, meaning the story will take place over longer than just one time period.
She said, according to ScreenRant, the film shows “the story of a group of immortal aliens, who arrived on Earth 7,000 years ago, so the plot takes place over a very long period of time.”
As a result, it may be similar to Loki in that the Eternals goes much further back than just the events of 2023, which is when Avengers: Endgame and WandaVision took place.
As is always the case with Marvel, fans will just have to wait and see.
Eternals is out in cinemas on November 5
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