When Eternals opens, it describes Celestial’s existence and restores their origins from the original comic material. Instead of deviants and Eternals sharing a common heritage with humanity, they are entirely separate, extraterrestrials in the true sense of a world known as Olympia.
The Eternals were sent to Earth to protect them from a race of ultramodern space predators, the Deviants, who destroy everything in their way. Ajak, the first Eternal, is responsible for communion with Arishem, the Celestial, who entrusted him and the other Eternal Guardians of the worlds threatened by this cosmic threat. But one day, something mysterious happens.
This information is conveyed through an open crawl, a description of past events deeply rooted in the history of cinema and indicated by words on the screen to alert the audience to the information they already have to consider the environment they see. It is also the latest example of Star Wars influences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Whether it’s the limb collapse that marks every Second Stage movie, or how the MCU timeline now focuses on Tony Stark’s death as a time node before and after the timeline, just like Battle of Yavin serves the timeline of Star Wars, The Galaxy Far, Far Far is still around Kevin Feige.
The initial formula of the Skywalker Saga is to crawl open and then, often at the sight of a celestial body, tear a ship to pieces. In Eternals, the camera immediately after the aperture scan points to the triangular onyx shape of Domo, the boat of the Eternals that will traverse Earth’s gravitational wave en route to its new home for the next millennia.
A battle usually occurs in Star Wars, although Attack of the Clones is an explosive assassination attempt at a landing site in Coruscant. The Eternals are pretty much the same, with augmented Space Guardians immediately contacting dissidents created to protect the ancient Mesopotamians.
George Lucas was inspired by his teen science fiction television series, including Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. They used an initial scan to describe what had happened in previous episodes. Lucas was an anomaly when Star Wars debuted, not yet titled Episode IV-A New Hope. He didn’t ask previous episodes to guide audiences with the on-screen events that followed.
A novelty of the film and an accompanying comic were planned with a theatrical release and went a few months before being released in theaters. Still, both were loose adaptations of the film, and the following films did not stick to all that had been—established. One way or another. Performance.
But when the film received its then mysterious subtitle, it sparked the idea that three previous stories existed somewhere on the airwaves, waiting to be told about this galaxy far, far away. In this way, Lucas created nostalgia and prejudice through the skillful use of text, climbing and retreating into the distant interstellar horizon.
It had become such a hallmark of Star Wars movies that even before Rogue One was released. The studio confirmed it wouldn’t include an opening tour. The fan base was split into one of the main viewers’ expectations.
Eternals achieved the same effect and evoked nostalgia for Star Wars, suggesting that the expectations that could come from the comics may not be actual here in the MCU.