While there is no dearth in the number of leaks when it comes to Spider-Man: No Way Home, not much is known about Marvel’s Eternals even though the filming was wrapped up back in 2020 and the release of the film is slowly inching closer. Yes, we know who is playing who and that the immortal alien race known as the Eternals will be fighting their evil counterparts, the Deviants, but when it is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nothing can be taken at face value. And in line with this universal fact, it has been reported that the actual enemy of the Eternals is going to be someone from their own close-knitted group.
In a recently shared report, We Got This Covered has shared that the Eternals will be left battling enemies on two fronts: the Deviants on one side and a villain masquerading as their trustworthy ally who is hiding within their ranks. As per the report, it will be Richard Madden’s Ikaris who will emerge as the true villain of the film. In a bid to grab power, Ikaris will somehow cause the death of Salma Hayek’s Ajak, who has been leading the Eternals for millennia. The motive behind this major betrayal will be his belief that the Eternals who have been unnecessarily hiding in the shadows and merely guiding humans have only wasted their potential and not utilized their abilities.
It is possible that this report could end up being true as the recently released official teaser of Eternals gave viewers a peek at Ikaris’ competitive streak. Towards the end of the teaser, Sprite is shown asking the question that all MCU fans have been obsessing about ever since Avengers: Endgame– now that Iron Man is dead and Captain America is no longer there, who will lead the Avengers?
Given the fact that the Eternals prefer to not interfere in human events and have only been guiding humanity without revealing themselves, the point of the conversation is to discuss who amongst the existing Avengers would be better suited to lead the remaining superheroes. But Ikaris, with a display of his narcissistic personality, offers himself as the Avengers’ potential leader. While the Eternals erupt into laughter at the suggestion and Ikaris himself cracks a smile, if cinematic history has taught us anything is that often the character whose potential is underestimated and made fun of, ends up being the one who rises up as the mighty villain (supervillain in the case of Eternals).
But the reveal of Ikaris as the actual villain seems like a trump card that Marvel would like to sit on and only reveal with the film’s release on November 5, 2021. So, till then, all we know is based on the official synopsis of Eternals, which had confirmed that even though Avengers: Endgame put an end to Thanos’ crazy schemes, the universe set within the MCU is still reeling from its effects. And somehow, the Snap and all the time-traveling triggers an “unexpected tragedy” along with the rise of the Deviants forcing the Eternals, who have been “living on Earth in secret for thousands of years,” to emerge from the shadows.