How Thanos’ Brother Starfox Was Able To Destroy The MCU’s Most Dangerous Villain

There have been plenty of cosmic heroes and intergalactic perils in the Marvel Universe:

A Still Of Starfox From The Comics
A Still Of Starfox From The Comics

Even if the Eternals have just lately opened the floodgates for cosmic heroes and galactic perils to surge into the MCU, the Marvel Universe has long been replete with them. While characters like Ikaris and Thena have had an influence on both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and fans, many people found Harry Styles as Eros, aka Starfox, to be the most surprising of all introductions. This iconic figure is as far apart from Thanos as one can get, but that doesn’t mean Starfox isn’t a formidable opponent in his own right. So much so that he was single-handedly responsible for halting Ultron’s most savage strike of all time. Since his debut in 1972’s Iron Man #55 by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich, the Eternal Eros has been one of the most charismatic and divisive creatures in the Marvel Universe. Starfox’s particular telepathic talents allow him to control and activate the pleasure centres of individuals around him, in addition to the more conventional superhuman traits that come with being an Eternal. This kind of inherent power over others’ passionate and amorous inclinations hasn’t made him the most popular figure among his colleagues, and it usually causes him more difficulty than anything else. At least, such was the case until 2015’s Avengers: Rage of Ultron (written by Rick Remender, Jerome Opea, Pepe Larraz, Dean White, Rachel Rosenburg, Dono Sánchez-Almara, and VC’s Clayton Cowles), when Starfox finally got to employ his talents when the eponymous villain crashed on his homeworld.

What occurred in the comic where Hank Pym and the Avengers captured a version of Ultron aboard a Quinjet?

A Storyline from the comics where Eros fought a version of Ultron
A Storyline from the comics where Eros fought a version of Ultron

Years earlier, Hank Pym and the Avengers had sealed a version of Ultron aboard a Quinjet that they had effectively modified into a Vibranium casket before blasting the villain deep into space years earlier. Their optimism that the threat would never resurface was, of course, unfounded, and before anybody understood what was going on, Ultron had escaped from its captivity after landing on Titan. Ultron had managed to clone himself over and over again in what looked like a matter of seconds, all while fusing with the city’s artificial brain. Worse, Ultron manages to combine with Titan’s population, including Eros’ father, A’Lars, called Mentor. As a result, the hero is forced to seek assistance from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Unfortunately, this merely draws Ultron to their door, where he assimilates practically every Avenger, including Hank Pym. Merging with his creator was an opportunity for the villain to address all of the deep-seated concerns concerning the nature of his creation and legacy as a shadow of Pym’s own self-hatred, which would prove to be a crucial turning point for the villain. Fortunately, there is one hero who knows the answer to that very question. While Ultron and Pym are fighting Vision, Starfox seizes the chance to compel the fused creature to adore itself. Under the power of Starfox, Hank and Ultron are sent back in time to the moment of the latter’s birth, throwing the villain into an emotional frenzy that drives him to escape once again to the deep reaches of space. While Ultron may be unable to accept its own existence, let alone the agony from which it was created, the fact that Starfox was able to uncover the human heart behind the machine speaks volumes about how powerful he truly is.

So What’s There For Harry Styles as Eros, aka Starfox In The MCU?

A Still Of Harry Styles as Starfox From The MCU'S Eternals
A Still Of Harry Styles as Starfox From The MCU’S Eternals

Aside from the fact that Ultron’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has passed, there is the issue of what role Eros will play in the MCU in the future. Appearing alongside Pip the Troll is an intriguing development that opens the door for a slew of other iconic cosmic characters to make their debuts, while it doesn’t necessarily solidify any particular routes for any of them to go. In Eros’ case, it’s difficult to imagine him starring alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the big screen anytime soon. Then again, if anything could make it happen, it’s most likely the power of love. As a result, Eros’s function and plot are very different from those in the comics.

So what do you guys think about Harry Styles’s Starfox? Did you like his recent cameo in the MCU’s Eternals? Do let us know in the comments down below. Until then, I’m Kevin Hart, and I’ll see you lads in the next one. Keep on reading Animated Times, your one-stop destination for learning more about the entertainment industry, new movies, TV series, celebrity gossip, and so much more.

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