In Eternals, which was released by Marvel Studios last year, one of the most interesting characters the film had Barry Keoghan’s Druig. His super gift was that he could mind-control, but unlike most of his peers, Druig was mostly relegated to the sidelines. It was thanks to Ajak’s strict non-interference policy with humanity, wanting Earth and humans to go on and shape its own formative identity before the Celestial devoured the whole planet during the Emergence. However, this whole rule was later steeped in hypocrisy, and this can be one of the reasons why Druig was the first to rebel.
This rule, we are talking about, was played quite loose in the film. The Eternals’ fighters — Ikaris, Gilgamesh, Makkari, Thena, and Kingo — were all allowed to fight only the Deviants as they were bred for that very reason. As such, they had a purpose, which is why, when the right time came to obey Ajak, they easily fell in the line. It also allowed a degree of order within, which Ajak had loved when all had eventually moved from Babylon, settling in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.
Well, this rule had quite a double standard. They were all told to not get involved in any sort of conflicts, but they did eventually interfere to an extent. Sersi was also allowed to help plant crops, building that sense of lush, while Sprite’s power to create illusions to reveal wonderful stories, wowing all humans and even inspiring their minds, and even Phastos helped to advance their technology to facilitate their societal.
Ajax, as the boss who enforced her non-interference among the Eternals, may have even used her powers to not just heal but also her kin but mankind in the name of progress as well. But in Druig’s, he was banned from using any of his powers, with Makkari going on to note that he shouldn’t be interrupting domestic squabbles.
This would have been quite frustrating as while everyone played an essential role in building this world, all Druig did was protect his own, ie. Earth — something that Eternals ultimately didn’t really need to protect. When they had first arrived in the scene, he had mind-controlled people to lay their arms down, but all of his peers could take care of themselves thereafter. Thus, it’s quite easy to envision Druig wanting more out of his life than being a one-dimensional safety measure.
Druig had felt hurt, realizing his own potential as a tool to help the mission run smoother and in a more efficient way, was being wasted. But then, Ajak either didn’t understand Druig’s true nature or might have liked the others more. Inevitably, this very limiting left Druig feeling like he is the black sheep and was why he eventually went on to take some humans to ultimately form his own commune in Peru, as the same isolation gave him a better opportunity to craft a better family, something he had wished for.
Eternals is streaming now on Disney+.