Marvel Just Solved The MCU’s Eternals Sequel Problem In The Comics

When Marvel Studios announced that it would bring the eternals to the screen, not as supporting characters but in their own solo franchise, most people were like, “Who?” But the real Marvel Comics nerds said: “Why?

The Eternals have never really worked. Not when their creator, Jack Kirby, put them on the page as a retread of the most iconic Fourth World, and not when preeminent modern myth-maker Neil Gaiman teamed up with none other than an artist like John Romita Jr. to give them an update. . . And they didn’t really work on Marvel Studios’ eternala film more fascinating for its ambition than for its achievements.

So the expectations of by Kieron Gillen eternal they were short, even though their gods walk among us like magnum opus pop stars The Evil + The Divine it gave him the perfect resume to really make something of the characters. I was looking forward to it and was still surprised by how much I enjoyed it, let alone that it would lead with a natural flow into a Marvel Comics crossover event that I could honestly recommend to the casual reader.

And it’s not too late, by no means too late, for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to rip the entire concept off the comic book pages and onto the screen.

What else is going on in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Fun Mondays, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comic editor enjoyed last week. It’s part superhero lives society pages, part reading recommendations, part “check out this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)


Irakis of the Eternals, dressed in a hoodie and jeans, helps a family replace their flat tire in the rain.  Only when they're walking away does the family man realize that Ikaris didn't have a carjacking in AX: Judgment Day: Omega (2022).

Image: Kieron Gillen, Guiu Vilanova/Marvel Comics

I am using the end of AXE: Judgment Day as an excuse to say that the eternal-a-Doomsday The saga has moved beyond “if you like superhero comics, read this” and has reached “if you want to read a good comic, read the ones by Gillen and artist Esad Ribić. eternal followed by AXE: Judgment Day.” The idea that history has ended with a whole bunch of Eternals doing minor Robin Hood-esque superhero acts all over the world and then leaving town as Sad Hulk music plays – That’s good. That’s a good setup for anyone else who wants to use these characters, either as a sequel or as guest stars in other books!

I’m usually the last person to advocate for a film franchise to directly adapt anything that single it happened in the comics, but the MCU eternal established enough of the bones of Doomsday that it wouldn’t take much more to turn the franchise in the right direction. And if the MCU was going to take a chance on the Eternals before they were good, it might as well take a chance on the Eternals when they actually are.

The two protagonists stand puzzled on a levitating platform as the necromancer fight promoter says:

Image: Daniel Warren Johnson/Image Comics

Speaking of “Okay, You Have to Fight God Now” Story LinesEvery month I read another number of make a powerbomb and every month i’m mad because i have to do other things with my time besides tell people they need to read make a powerbomb.

Image: Anthony Falcone, Michael Cho/DC Comics

Anthologies are always hit or miss; after all, that’s their entire business plan. A true blast of a story that balances the rest, giving creators with no experience or niche characters time to shine. Batman: Urban Legends Issue 21, however, is the rare issue where I loved all the stories included. “The Wheelman of Gotham” (pictured above) takes the top spot, with brilliant writing from him and his Darwyn Cooke through art by Jiro Kuwata. But then the issue continues with one of the few recent attempts at a story about police brutality through the eyes of the Gotham Police Department that really worked for me, a pretty neat mystery about Batman’s parents coming back to life. , and the first part of a story about the new Arkham Asylum juvenile detention program for supervillain sidekickswhich I can’t wait to read more about.

Kaya drags a lizard steed out of a rushing river with great effort.  “By your own lizard law,” he snarls at an angry lizardfolk, “she's mine now,” in Kaya #2 (2022).

Image: Wes Craig/Image Comics

Empty head, no thoughts, just the concept of lizard law.

Beast and Wolverine exchange barbs before Beast slits Wolverine's throat in Wolverine #27 (2022).

Image: Benjamin Percy, Juan José Ryp/Marvel Comics

Since the writer Benjamin Percy took the helm of both Glutton (what it says on the tin) and X-Force (The CIA Krakoa Program, wrapped in all the bad stuff that comparison suggests), the two books have been on a simmering collision course. With this week’s issue, it looks like he might be ready to finally crash Beast and Wolverine as two semi-trucks going in opposite directions. It probably won’t have much more of a ripple effect than these two books, and probably no one will care except the people who have been reading both series this whole time. But I’ll still say it: it’s exciting.

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