Things can get pretty complex in and among the action in Thor Love and Thunder and one of the biggest question marks is Eternity. You might be wondering what it is or who the where the what, but don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered with all of the details below.
The good news is that the cosmic entity is well known from the Marvel comic books and there’s a lot of detail to help paint the picture. If that isn’t enough, its also appeared, or at least teased in previous MCU films, so it’s sort of been on the cards for a little while.Advertisement Obviously, it’s impossible to cover this one without spoilers, but we’re to try to keep this to a minimum. In the film, Thor, Jane and Valkyrie battle it out with Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. The general gist is that the Love and Thunder villain is on a mission to destroy all of the gods in retribution for the loss of his family, and Asgard is his latest target.
Eternity in Marvel comics
In Thor Love and Thunder, Eternity seems more like a place or concept than a person, but in the comics its portrayed as an infinitely powerful cosmic entity. The character dates back to 1965’s Strange Tales comics, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, which had Doctor Strange as its hero.Advertisement Along with its twin, Infinity, it is the living essence of the universe that makes up the very fabric of spacetime. Over decades of comic book publications, Eternity has featured alongside The Celestials, The Fantastic Four, Thanos, Adam Warlock, The Avengers, Black Panther and Henry Pym.
Other cosmic entities similar to Eternity include The Living Tribunal, which is the judge of all reality, and there’s Lord Chaos, which represents disorder throughout the universe, as well as Death. It has also been instrumental in the history of Marvel comics. For example it gave the Ancient One the Magic Amulet and it was the very first cosmic power introduced by the company.Advertisement It’s abstract in form, so while the entity isn’t a person as such, it can become personified as well as entailing the entire universe and multiverse. It’s immortal and can manipulate reality as it sees fit, which is why Gorr is so interested in it in the film.
Eternity in Thor Love and Thunder
In Love and Thunder, Eternity is both a place and an entity that Gorr wants to get to in order to bring about the death of all gods. With Stormbreaker, he’s able to call the Bifrost, which can take him to it to deliver his request.
Obviously, Thor and Jane do everything in their powers to stop him from fulfilling his destructive plan. Once he’s defeated, he’s persuaded that what he really wants is to bring back his daughter, Love. It’s at this stage that it becomes clear that Eternity will only make things happen if it deems them fit for the universe and allows them to happen.
When you look at it from this standpoint, you realise that Gorr would never have been able to get his own way unless he was able to convince Eternity that a universe without gods would be a good one. However, we’ll leave that debate to you.
More MCU Eternity appearances
A mentioned above, Thor love and Thunder isn’t the first time we’ve seen mention of Eternity in the MCU. The cosmic entity was first teased fleetingly in Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014 in metal wall decorations when Peter Quill steels the orb containing the Power Stone.
It had a second tease in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2017 when Ego showed Peter the universe, just before revealing himself to be the megalomaniac nut job dad that he is. When Peter’s eyes go universal he says, “I see it. Eternity.” It isn’t covered in any detail, but the inference is that he can see the cosmic entity behind the universe, as well as the formation and full lifespan of it.