Marvel connects Thor’s Asgard to the Celestials before the Eternals

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As the Celestials’ cinematic debut approaches, engineers and occasional enemies of Marvel’s cosmic heroes, the Eternals, return to change Thor’s mythology.

Warning: Spoilers for Marvel’s Symbiote Spider-Man: crossroads # 4!

As Marvel Comics’ infamous race of immortal superhumans nears their cinematic debut, the Eternals unite again with another race of ancient Marvel royalty in the form of Thor and the Asgardians. Thor and The Eternals have a deep history stretching back decades into Marvel’s past, in part thanks to a bevy of powerful cosmic engineers, the Celestial.

Peter David (The Incredible Hulk) and Greg Land (Amazing X-Men) Symbiote Spider-Man: crossroads # 4 finds the wall-crawler alongside a demonic variant of the Hulk on a crossroads adventure to Lemuria, led by the monstrous and savage Deviant race. This sect of Deviants is led by their rightful leader Kro, who is the arch enemy of the Eternals. It doesn’t take long before the Hulk begins to launch a hostile takeover of the Deviants’ home territory, which is unsurprisingly rewarded with violence and gunfire. Fortunately, the “oddly dressed” hero Spider-Man and his irritated accomplice are aided by new stowaways Eternals, Ikaris, and Thena. With the Hulk under the influence of the powerful Norn Stones of the Asgaridian witch Karnilla, Spider-Man and the Eternals begin to regain control of the Lemuria, only for the original manipulator Karnilla to move her.


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Before their temporary ceasefire comes to an end, Commander Deviant Kro offers the ignorant Hulk a brief yet detailed history lesson on the Norn Stones and their creation at the hands of the Celestials. Ancient gods of space, the Celestials are the harbinger of the universe and among the first entities in Marvel’s massive cosmic hierarchy. The Celestials are well established in the comic book lore, but what hasn’t been established is their connection to the Asgardian Norn Stones. The Stones were once believed to be a product of the kingdom of Asgard, Nornheim. However, Symbiote Spider-Man reveals that the Norn Stones were indeed a celestial creation, which granted beings the ability to travel through space.


Celestial Infinity Stones

In the Marvel Comics timeline, Thor had already met the Eternals in the 1978s. Thor Annual# 7 with # 283-285 of its own name Mighty thor series. This four-part series, known today as The saga of the Eternals, was a cross-sectional adventure that saw the Asgardian God of Thunder allying with Eternal Classics such as Ikaris, Thena, and Sersi to battle the Celestials. However, the event would end with Thor’s memories of his initial encounter with the Eternals erased from the hero’s mind, again separating the two superhero properties. Prior to teaming up with Thor, Jack Kirby’s Eternals was largely a stand-alone comic book with only minor ties to the larger Marvel Universe of heroes and villains.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to launch a new era of expansion with Eternals, it’s no surprise that Marvel wants the run of Homo immortalis as closely related as possible to its larger universe, even at the expense of shifting the established continuity. The MCU itself looks set to pave the way for a future crossover between Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor and this latest group of immortal beings. While the Eternals the movie seems to be a pretty standalone affair, there is rampant speculation about some seeds being planted for next summer Thor Love and Thunder. Only time will tell if Marvel’s film studio will repeat the trend, but Marvel Comics’ Thor and Eternals seem to be firmly connected at the moment. by marvel Symbiote Spider-Man: crossroads # 4 is now available.

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