The Eternals trailer’s giant red robot is the Cthulhu of the Marvel universe.
The trailer for Eternals shows a shot that is sure to send chills up the spines of comics nerds. It’s a big, red space robot without facial features other than six lamps-like eyes. Make no mistake: This isn’t Galactus; no, this guy is way more powerful than the World Eater.
The large red space robot in the background promises that Chloe Zhao will create Jack Kirby-style Celestials through her Eternals. They’ll look almost like everything else in science-fiction.
Marvel Cinematic Universe has previously experimented with the idea of Celestials, primarily in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. A large portion of the action takes place in Knowhere. This mining station was built inside the skull of a deceased Celestial.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made the Marvel Cinematic Universe waters murkier by converting Ego, the Living Planet (not a Celestial as it appears in the comics), into one of their Celestials.
Eternals is a big, weird space god with a Megazord. It promises to be much closer to Jack Kirby’s original designs. Kirby created the Marvel Comics concept of giant metal space gods who created intelligent life on thousands of planets and occasionally come back millions of years later to visit their strange motives upon sentient populations. They are all different, but none of them is identical. However, they are brightly coloured, vaguely human and miles tall.
Kirby’s visual impact on comics can seem so vast that it is almost invisible. This has been the case in comic book movies. Because Kirby made major contributions to the aesthetics in the DC Universe, Thor: Ragnarok may be the movie that most closely draws from his vision of kaleidoscope colours, intricate patterns of circles and bars, and characters wearing truly bizarre headgear. Even if Eternals has only one comic-accurate Celestial, it could be a challenge to Ragnarok.