The Marvel Cinematic Universe is introduced to a completely new species of individuals in Marvel Studios’ Eternals. While they look to be human, they possess talents far beyond those of any Earthling, including unique abilities. However, Eternals may be unable to perform something that will have a significant influence on their future. There may be a few hints to the riddle of whether or not the Eternals can have offspring if you look at the history of the Eternals in Marvel Comics and the movie as a whole.
What Marvel Comics Say About Eternals Having Children
There are changes between the Eternals in the comics and the characters in the movie, as is the case with any adaptation. The Eternals in the books are human offshoots, but the ones in the movie are synthetic beings recreated by Arishem, a Celestial. As a result, while the comics’ version is a race-related to humans, they are more likely to have offspring than the movie’s Eternals.
When Thanos and his brother, Eros, dubbed Starfox, are added to the mix, things get a little more complicated. Thanos and Eros are biological brothers in the comics, born to A’lars and Sui-San, although they are also Eternals. If the siblings are the sons of two parents, then the other Eternals are likely to have children as well.
Because Eros was just recently introduced in an end credits sequence in Eternals, nothing is known about Thanos and Eros’ real connection in the MCU. In fact, almost little is known about Eros’ canon MCU persona as of yet. However, if Marvel sticks to the comics’ backstory, the two would be blood brothers, making the Eternals’ capacity to bear offspring a possibility. However, aspects regarding the Eternals in the movie have already been altered from the comics, implying that Thanos and Eros’ backstories will be altered as well.
Can Marvel’s Eternals Have Children?
In a conversation with TotalFilm, Ajak actor Salma Hayek said something fascinating regarding this issue. Even though Ajak is unable to have biological children, she thinks she is a mother in her own sense. “I’m an alien. I can’t have kids. However, my character used to be a man in the comics, now it’s a woman. So instead of just changing the gender, I proposed to Zhao to really bring something that is very specific to womanhood,” she explained.
Hayek went on to suggest that Ajak is also the Eternals’ mother figure. She is wiser and knows more about the actual nature of their quest than the other nine. And, when she realizes that Arishem’s objective isn’t as moral as she had thought, she attempts to gently assist Ikaris to the same decision that she did about the necessity to prevent it.
The solution appears to be obvious from Hayek’s quote: Eternals cannot have children. However, Hayek believes that not having a kid of her own does not preclude her character from acting as a motherly figure when necessary. And, as seen by Kingo’s acceptance of Sprite at the conclusion of the film, the Eternals’ newfound family is as important to them as any other.