Eternals: DC Comics Exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fans React

Spoiler Alert: This story contains details about Marvel’s Eternals, now in theaters.

It’s no secret that there are new heroes in the MCU now and no, we aren’t talking about a team of immortal cosmic beings regrouped by Sersi after they were apart for centuries – and it’s DC Comics’ characters Superman and Batman, referenced for the first time in the Marvel Studios movie history. Marvel fans who saw Eternals on its opening weekend are overwhelmed to see Ikaris, capable of blasting beams from his eyes and also flight – only compared to Superman. Yes, Superman does exist in this universe as he does in our very own – in the pages of DC Comics.

Eternals by Marvel
Eternals by Marvel

“Dad, that’s Superman!” exclaims Jack (Esai Daniel Cross), the son of Ben (Haaz Sleiman) and his Eternal husband Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), when meeting Ikaris. “With the cape, and you were shooting laser beams out of your eyes!”

Acknowledging the blue-and-red-suited Superman, Ikaris says, “I don’t wear a cape.”

When Bollywood star Kumail Nanjiani who plays a cosmic-powered hero introduces his assistant Karun to his older friends, the Eternals say he’s like “Alfred”, Batman’s butler.

“I take some responsibility for that. I think we’re in the business of telling stories about mythology, and Superman, for example, comes from origin of mythology. In many different cultures, there’s a form of Superman,” first-time MCU director Chloe Zhao exclusively told ComicBook about the DC references in Eternals. “And the people that created Superman and the brilliant filmmakers [who] brought Superman to screen, their movies are basically, in my opinion, doing a modern interpretation of that mythology.”

This includes Ikaris, created by Marvel Comics, and Jack Kirby, who is “our interpretation of that mythology.”

“It doesn’t mean we can’t pay tribute and have a good time with these iconic ones that we all love to so much,” Zhao said. “I mean, who doesn’t love Superman and Batman? Clearly, our Eternals like them.”

Here’s what Marvel fans are saying about these DC mentions in Eternals:

Spoiler Alert!!!

Yes, DC Comics Are Pop-Culture In The MCU

DC exists in the MCU. Read that again.

We feel you!

Interesting, isn’t it?

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