How Marvel Changed The Eternals To Match Their MCU Counterparts
Today we take a look at how the Eternals have been altered in the Marvel Universe so that they can be more similar to their counterparts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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In the Marvel Universe, the Eternals have undergone a number of changes over the years, including most of them having been killed and being reborn multiple times. Therefore, it wasn’t that hard for Marvel to then adjust the characters to make them more similar to their MCU versions, but the most recent Eternals series (which opens with their rebirth after they all committed suicide upon learning that the Celestials had no interest in the Eternals and saw them only as sort of lab rats seeking to help cultivate humanity in part of a secret heavenly plot) is when most of these recent odds have occurred. So let’s see the main changes …
SPRITE IS “REDACTED” AND MODIFIED
The trickiest of all of these Eternals changes has been that of Sprite, who is played by actress Lia McHugh in the Eternals movie.
Sprite debuted in Eternals # 9 (by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer), like the Eternals’ comedic relief at their Olympia base…
However, decades later, Sprite was a key figure in the pages of Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. The Eternals, which was the last series that saw the Eternals drastically changed, as Sprite, sick of being stuck in child form for countless millennia, decided to erase everyone’s memory and make them reboot everyone as humans so Sprite can finally live a normal life. Obviously, the other Eternals woke up from their human “prison” and, ultimately, Zuras murdered Sprite for Sprite’s violation of the other Eternals.
So now in Eternals # 1 (by Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribic and Matthew Wilson), as the Eternals are reborn, Sprite is instead rebooted into an older version of his body as punishment. This body, while not only feminine in appearance, also robs Sprite of all of Sprite’s memories of the past few hundred years …
Therefore, Sprite doesn’t just remember committing a heinous crime against the other Eternals, Sprite doesn’t even remember the thought process that led to that decision, as it seemed completely uhttps: //www.cbr. com / wp-admin / edit .phpnfamiliar to Sprite once Ikaris explained what had happened. It was a new concept from Gillen, because now Sprite can be a comedic relief again, of sorts.
MAKKARI HAS PASSED THE MOST CHANGES
While Sprite has seen the most narrative changes, Makkari has probably experienced the most physical differences. Makkari debuted in the pages of Eternals # 5 (by Kirby and Royer), although it’s interesting that Kirby initially spelled Makkari as Makarri.
Makkari, along with Ikaris and Sersi, quickly became the most prominent members of the Eternals in the Marvel Universe, with Makkari being a regular actor in the pages of Mark Gruenwald’s Quasar series. Later, when Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. rebooted the Eternals, Makkari also played a starring role in that series.
However, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Makkari is played by Lauren Ridloff, a deaf black actress.
Naturally, as we just saw with Sprite, changing the look, in terms of genre, was pretty straightforward (there’s a good piece in Eternals # 1 where Ikaris explains the change from Sprite to Iron Man as being a common thing. that Eternals are doing, which Iron Man notes that he had never seen this happen, but Ikaris quickly retorted that it was something that would happen every 20,000 years or so), but the aural situation is very different than just changing Makkari’s appearance.
This has been dealt with in Eternals: Celestia # 1 (by Gillen, Kei Zama, John Livesay and Wilson) explaining that Makkari was trying to contact the Celestials after abandoning the Eternals and it was in this process that Makkari lost the ability not only to hear, but to speak and communicate telepathically. The latter is essential, because in comic book terms, not being able to speak and being able to speak telepathically are essentially meaningless distinctions, since ALL of the speech in the comic book is written. Therefore, this little extra on telepathy is needed.
As you can see, the language is always translated so that you can understand Makkari’s words, but at least the artist has to draw Makkari by signing the words.
AJAK ALSO HAS HAD MAJOR CHANGES
Probably the saddest of all of Eternals’ changes is the change Ajak has undergone. Ajak was introduced in Eternals # 2 (by Kirby and John Verpoorten) …
Ajak was the bond between the Celestials and Earth, which was basically one of Ajak’s biggest character traits in the comics (that and the fact that Ajak interacted a lot with other long-lived Marvel characters like Thor and Hercules).
In the film, Ajak is played by actress Salma Hayek …
So in the comics, as shown Eternals: Celestia # 1, Ajak is now female in appearance, but more importantly, as we noted earlier, the Eternals have now effectively lost faith in their gods, the Celestials …
So what is Ajak for now, as a link between Earth and the gods who have abandoned the Eternals? It’s a really sad place for Ajak to be a character right now in the comics (and that’s really what Celestia # 1 is everything).
That’s it for this episode of Follow the Path! If anyone else has a suggestion for a comic book character change due to TV or movies, message me at [email protected]!
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