Saturday, October 24, 2020

Marvel's "Eternals" - 'Thanos' vs 'Ikaris'

Take a look at Marvel Comics' new 'Dynamic Forces' "Eternals" comic book title, written by Kieron Gillan and illustrated by Esad Ribi, available in 2021, in support of Marvel Studios live-action "Eternals" feature film, based on characters created by Jack Kirby, starring Oscar winner Angelina Jolie: 

"...what's the point of an eternal battle? For millions of years, one hundred 'Eternals' have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we'd be smears between the teeth of the demon-like 'Deviants'.

"Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares. But today, Eternals face something new: change. "Can they - or anyone on Earth - survive their discovery? 

"Then 'Thanos vs. Ikaris' in the heart of a city driven mad by time.  Eternals do live forver. But now one is dead. Do they handle it well ? No, they don't. They handle it badly..." 

"'Eternal' doesn’t mean immortal," said Gillon. "'Eternal' means unchanging. That's a different thing. There can be something comforting about the Eternals, but there's also something fundamentally disturbing to it.

"The old superhero cliché of 'The Never-ending battle against crime' is one of those lines which, if you take it out of context for a second and think about it, seems absolutely 'Sisyphean' in its hopelessness. 

"Yet, to lift a line from Camus, we must imagine Sisyphus happy – the Eternals have been doing this for so long, they must be accepting of it? Right?

"Clearly not. The Eternals have been having arguments about what it means to be 'unchanging' forever. 

"They must remain, and their cellular programming demand they remain and continue. But it causes all manner of tensions. This ties in with the present situation in the 'Marvel Universe'..."

"Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' introduces an exciting new team of superheroes 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'.

"The outstanding ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as the all-powerful 'Ikaris'...

"...Gemma Chan as humankind-loving 'Sersi', Kumail Nanjiani as the cosmic-powered 'Kingo,' Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast 'Makkari'...

...Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor 'Phastos', Salma Hayak as the wise and spiritual leader 'Ajak', Lia McHugh as 'Sprite', Don Lee as the powerful 'Gilgamesh' and Barry Keoghan as 'Druig'..."

Written and illustrated by "Captain America" co-creator Jack 'King' Kirby in 1976, Marvel Comics' 19-issue "The Eternals" series...

...focused on an offshoot of the evolutionary process responsible for sentient life on Earth...".