Eternals Ending Explained: What Happens to Ikaris?

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In “Eternals,” we follow the adventures of a band of immortal, super-powered heroes who have been dispatched to Earth to fight the slimy monsters known as the Deviants. Back 7,000 years ago, when primitive man was in danger, the Eternals came to his rescue.

We see them not only save people, but also teach them throughout the film, encouraging them to think for themselves, pursue their passions, and make their own unique contributions to the world.

Both Eternals and humans have a long and intertwined history together, and their relationship only deepens with the passing of time. What started out as orders to protect have turned into genuine concern for the Eternals. All of humanity is important to them.

Therefore, the Eternals will act quickly if and when the Deviants return to the modern era. They’ve been dispersed to the winds for a while, but now they hope to come together and put an end to this evil.

The Deviants, they learn, isn’t nearly as dangerous as the alien god Arishem, who sent them to Earth in the first place. The Eternals are Charlie’s Angels, and Arishem is Charlie.

A new Celestial is about to be born on Earth, and it turns out that Arishem is the one who sent them there to protect humanity because he stands to gain something for himself and his race.

The only drawback is that when the new god finally appears, the entire planet will be wiped out. While some Eternals are content to blindly follow Arishem’s orders, others take a stand and fight against him, ultimately preventing the birth of the new Celestial and saving the human race. Of course, there are repercussions for messing with the cosmic plan.

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Ikraris gives up the fight for Sersi in the end, and she is able to defeat Tiamut because of his selflessness. Ikaris, overcome with guilt, intentionally flies into the sun. Sersi decides to humanize Sprite, giving her the chance to shed her perpetually juvenile appearance.

eternals ending explained Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie’s Thena, Barry Keoghan’s Druig, and Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari travel the galaxy in search of the other Eternals.

An unresolved plot point involves the Eternals Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) being dragged into space by Arishem. He agrees to review the Eternals’ records and make his own determination as to whether or not humanity is worthy of survival.

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What Happens to Ikaris?

At times, Ikaris’s soaring gets a little too close to the sun. Sprite reveals early on in Eternals that she was the one who invented the Icarus myth and gave it the name “Ikaris” to make fun of her friend. It ended up staying with him, alas.

In Eternals, Ikaris is more of an antagonist than a villain. From the perspective of humanity, his decision to carry out the Celestials’ plan to destroy Earth is the height of evil. But he wasn’t built to share that perspective, so he doesn’t.

As an Eternal, it is his duty to help with the Emergence process, and that is what he intends to do. All of his Eternal friends are acting irrationally.

Despite this, Ikaris eventually realizes he’s lost. Though he follows the rules without question or emotion when it comes to anything Celestial, his feelings for Sersi are genuine. Now that he knows she has stopped Tiamut’s Emergence, all he can do is look at her longingly and cry. He then takes to the skies and heads for the sun.

Does that mean Ikaris has perished as well? Probably. The sun is the sun, regardless of how powerful the Eternals are. There, temperatures reach 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. Sprite eventually asks Sersi indirectly if “he’s gone,” and Sersi confirms the news with a sad face.

Although it’s usually wise to treat any death in a superhero movie with skepticism, immolation by nuclear fusion in a star that’s 500,000 miles away seems like a pretty conclusive death.

Being artificial beings built by the Celestials, there’s no reason to think that another version of Ikaris (or any of the other Eternals killed in this film) couldn’t return in a future MCU installment, albeit without all the recent memories of the ones who perished in this one.

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Where Are Makkari, Druig, and Thena Going?

The large number of characters in Eternals makes for compelling interpersonal dynamics. Each of the 10 Eternals has their own opinion on whether or not they should carry out their destiny in the cosmos, as is fitting for a family of that size.

However, by the film’s conclusion, only “Team Anti-Emergence” remains. Sprite is human and Ikaris is burnt toast. Only Sersi, Phastos, Kingo, Makkari, Druig, and Thena remain from Arishem’s original team after the deaths of Ajak and Gilgamesh (Don Lee).

The remaining six Eternals have now divided into two factions. Makkari, Druig, and Thena are heading out into space, while Sersi, Phastos, and Kingo will stay on Earth to keep an eye on things (unsuccessfully, as it turns out, but more on them in a bit).

However, what exactly is the job of the second group? The overarching goal is to recruit more “Eternals” so that they can share their wisdom with the world.

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Since Eternals play such an important role in the Emergence process, all Celestials must have a team of Eternals, just as Arishem did with his ten.

It is Makkari, Druig, and Thena’s intention to preach to these fellow Eternals about the doom that Emergence brings. Furthermore, it appears that they have already found at least one interested party based on the film’s first post-credit scene.


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