The Jack Kirby comic, which debuted in 1976, introduces three distinct races that were made by celestial gods: humanity, the perpetually at-war Deviants, and the many, eternal Eternals. The group has gone through various versions throughout the years.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige claimed that the immortals have been present on Earth for 35,000 years. But because the new movie places the Eternals on Earth 7,000 years ago, that changed at some point.
A few other changes were also made by the film. For instance, many of the characters had their initial genders switched.
In the comics, the majority of the Eternals share common superhuman qualities, such as extraordinary strength and the capacity to fly, as they were all created from the same material. That isn't the case in the movie. Each Eternal has developed a unique set of abilities from their combined cosmic energy.
To meet the cast and learn who they will be playing, from Richard Madden to Angelina Jolie, continue reading.
Angelina Jolie as Thena
Thena, an Eternals warrior, is portrayed by Angelina Jolie. She is from Olympia and possesses all of an Eternal's abilities, such as superhuman speed, agility, strength, and stamina. She can also generate cosmic energy with her hands, making her a formidable opponent.
Salma Hayek as Ajak
The commander of the Eternals, Ajak (played by Salma Hayek), was originally a superhuman male eternal in the books. Ajak possesses abilities not dissimilar to those of any other member of the Eternals. She is also very wise and can have conversations with the other Eternals.
Gemma Chan as Sersi
Gemma Chan's Sersi has more sympathy for humans than the other Eternals. To be more precise, she is dating a human. Her supplementary skills include the ability to move and manipulate inanimate objects, even at the subatomic level.
Richard Madden as Ikaris
Richard Madden, known for his role in The Bodyguard, takes on the role of Ikaris, one of the Eternals' most potent members. It is also from cosmic energy that he derives the ability to heal wounds. Levitation is one of his skills, and he also possesses mental powers beyond those of the Eternals.
Harry Styles as Eros
It has been widely reported that Styles makes an appearance in the film, and it has been confirmed that he does so in the film's post-credit scene. He plays Eros, a Starfox-like Eternal, and the brother of Thanos in this film. In the comics, he has several sexual encounters with alien males and females of different species, suggesting that his sexual orientation is strongly represented in his character.
Lia McHugh as Sprite
Sprite, portrayed by Lia McHugh, is an ancient creature who takes the form of a 12-year-old girl. Depending on the issue, Sprite is either a boy or a girl. Using her talent, she can create convincing illusions. The Comics version of the character uses cosmic radiation levitation technique but has less than superhuman strength due to her humanoid body.
Lauren Ridloff as Makkari
Makkari, a masculine character in the comics, is played by Lauren Ridloff. In this version, Makkari is a woman and a deaf person. Her abilities center on granting her incredible speed. She can produce cyclones and propel herself using water.
Don Lee as Gilgamesh
In the role of Gilgamesh, Don Lee shows his acting chops and proves to be a formidable opponent for his fellow Eternals. In the comics, he goes by the name The Forgotten One, and he has honed his skills to an extraordinary degree, surpassing even Thena, with whom he shares a special bond.
Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos
Tyree Brian Henry's Phastos is a refreshing departure from the typical Eternal. Since he is an expert in weapons and technology and also an inventor, his role on the team is somewhat removed from the front lines. His husband, played by Haaz Sleiman, makes him the first openly gay superhero in the MCU.
Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo
Kumail Nanjiani's Kingo is another of the Eternals with the ability to control and project cosmic energy as a weapon. He has a lively and humorous personality. As a result of his time on Earth, he is now a well-known actor in Bollywood.
Barry Keoghan as Druig
Ikaris's cousin Druig, played by Barry Keoghan, is a fascinating character. His cousin and he couldn't be more different. He keeps to himself and the background much more now. He is also capable of controlling minds and channeling cosmic energy.
Kit Harington as Dane Whitman
The star of “Game of Thrones” doesn't portray an Eternal, but instead human Dane Whitman, Sersi's boyfriend. While he was working at London's Natural History Museum, he was introduced to her. Black Knight is a fictional comic book superhero who, while not superhuman, does have special skills because of his friendship with Sersi.