'Eternals' Producer Nate Moore Explains Why the Superheroes Are on Earth

With less than a month to go before its premiere, Marvel Studios‘ Eternals producer Nate Moore has now offered fans a glimpse into the backstory of the cosmic superheroes, detailing why they’ve come to Earth and what they hope to achieve here.

During a set visit in the U.K., Moore explained to Comicbook that the godlike beings were first sent to Earth by the Celestials to eradicate an evil foe known as the Deviants:

“In the past we see the Eternals, who, in our version of the mythology, are immortal aliens from a planet called Olympia. [They’ve] been asked by the Celestials to come to Earth to rid the Earth of creatures called the Deviants. The Deviants are these parasitic aliens who go from planet to planet, and as they kill the apex predators on a given planet, they sort of take the characteristics of those predators and wipe out intelligent life. Well, the Eternals are heroes, so they’ve come to earth to eradicate the Deviants and allow humanity to thrive. So, in the past, we see the Eternals as they come earth as they begin their mission. And over time, they begin to succeed in eradicating the Deviants, but at the same time, these ten characters start to fracture as a team, and they start to sort of split off and go their own ways. In the present, we meet a couple of Eternals, Sersi and Sprite, who now live in London, who are shocked when a Deviant arrives after not having seen a Deviant for five thousand years and they seem to have evolved somehow. So the present is very much a mystery of, ‘Why are the Deviants back? Why are they different? And can we get the band back together — for lack of a better term — in time to stop this new threat?’ That’s the rough structure of the movie. It’s epic in scope, we think.”

Having detailed why they’re on our planet and what made them stay for so long, Moore went on to describe their relationship with humans and what role they could possibly play among mankind:

“I think they all have a different idea and opinion of humans. And again, I think that’s what gets to be fun when you have ten characters to give them distinct points of view and distinct also by their experiences. Some of the Eternals live amongst humans very freely. Some completely live removed from humanity, and I think that affects how they view humans. So when they interact with humans, they interact with humans very differently. Some see the evolution of humanity and societies and some of the ills that come with it as a tragedy, and some see it as just a necessary evil for any intelligent life to expand. So there is a bit of a range of emotions towards humanity. And I think, even though the movie’s about these immortal aliens, thematically it is about humanity and what it means to be human. Are we stewards of our Earth, or is that somebody else’s problem? Even though, these characters are not human, that’s what the movie wants to tackle.”

Eternals is scheduled to hit theaters November 5.

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