Mining the Marvel comics for Eternals lore can teach us a lot about Angelina Jolie’s character for the upcoming movie, but you never know what material they’ll actually use in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that the trailer has dropped, we have learned so much about what to expect from Jolie’s Thena, a superpowered immortal with a tangled romantic history and a love of fine weaponry, custom created using her very own cosmic energy. Let’s dive into what we know so far.
To begin with, let’s talk about that gorgeous sword that you see up above. It appears to be see-through, not made of metal, glowing, and like something that is all kinds of awesome. This is actually not Thena’s weapon of choice in the comics, so this is something new. We do know that the Eternals have cosmic energy coursing through their blood and can use this in a variety of ways. Angelina Jolie’s character is known for weapon manifestation, meaning that she uses her cosmic energy to create any weapon she would like. In the comics, she is most well-known for carrying a crossbow and spear. The crossbow uses bolts made of cold energy. The golden spear is often seen in her hand. Below, she appears to have a golden staff in her fist, which may actually be a new take on the spear, or is a new weapon entirely.
The Eternals characters all have a variety of powers at their disposal. Thena is well known for her abilities for super strength, she can fly, and she can manipulate matter, as well as weapon manifestation. Below, we get a closer look at Angelina Jolie in costume. We also see cosmic energy glowing in front of her. This gives us a look at how that cosmic energy may have also influenced her costume design, since they go together so well.
Salma Hayek is playing Ajak, who is believed to currently be the leader of the Eternals for the upcoming film. In the comics, Thena has been the leader of the group at different points. More commonly, Angelina Jolie’s character serves as a weapon expert, warrior, and a diplomat for the group. She helps them find common ground with new cultures. In the trailer, we see her sitting at the head of the table with a calm demeanor. This may be part of what makes her good as a diplomat for the group.
One of the big parts of Thena’s backstory in the comics are the years she famously spent in a forbidden romance with the Warlord Kro, a Deviant. In the trailer, we see a wide shot of an ancient city, Babylon. In the Marvel comics, this is where Thena and Kro met. The Warlord had the chance to slay her and refused. The official plot summary for Eternals says that they’ve come to fight their longtime enemy, the Deviants. Kro is expected to appear. While there’s no guarantee the movie will pull in Angelina Jolie’s character’s forbidden romance backstory, it would seem like a waste not to use that tangled romantic history.
In the family shot of everyone at the table in the end, we see Gilgamesh (played by Ma Dong-seok) at Thena’s side. Gilgamesh has often been Thena’s close partner. Their positioning in the trailer suggests that they’ll likely have a close relationship in the movie as well.
Clearly, Angelina Jolie’s Thena is looking to be a memorable, awesome, and fierce member of the Eternals. We got a great look at her in the trailer. Hopefully, we’ll get even more unique weapons when the movie releases on November 5, 2021.