In Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribić’s Eternals # 2, Ikaris faces Thanos in battle and the Mad Titan ends up falling in love with his own Infinity War stunt.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Eternal # 2 by VC’s Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribić, Matthew Wilson and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
In Eternal # 1, two of Marvel’s cosmic gods, Ikaris and Sprite, went on the hunt for a mysterious assailant who killed the Prime Eternal, their senior leader Zuras. The duo followed a trail that leads them to the ruins of Titanos, the fallen capital of the Eternals. And once they got there, they found the culprit: the Mad Titan, Thanos. The cosmic supervillain was killed in 2018 Infinite wars event, but has somehow come to life. Although he has not yet fully recovered, Thanos still poses a terrible threat and appears to have killed Zuras with what appeared to be very little effort.
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Now in Eternal # 2, Ikaris is determined to stop the Mad Titan. The two engage in a brutal cosmic battle, and it only comes to an end because Thanos falls in love with a trick he used himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Avengers: Infinity War.
When Ikaris comes face to face with Thanos, he relishes the idea of finally fighting the Mad Titan. The two rush to lock themselves in battle, and Ikaris is assisted by the powerful artificial intelligence overlord of the Eternals, the Great Machine. Titanos may be in ruins, but it still has the ability to serve as a time machine. Therefore, the Machine harnesses this power and opens a portal in time and space. Ikaris leads the villain straight through him and because of this, their battle stretches from one end of space and time to the other. Several other portals appear, transporting their fight through various eras.
Finally, they land on Titanos again in the present. They are both weakened, but Thanos shows no signs of stopping. Finally, he grabs Ikaris by the neck and brutally rips off his head to secure a victory. However, that victory was an illusion, as he was not Ikaris at all. In truth, Sprite used his powers to create illusions to manifest a false Ikaris. Thanos fell in love with the illusion, and it is this construction that he kills with his bare hands.
The illusion is intended as a distraction, and with Thanos distracted, Ikaris and Sprite can escape.
In 2018 Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos did a similar trick with his adopted daughter, Gamora. On the space station known as Knowhere, the Guardians of the Galaxy attempted to kill Thanos while he was talking to the Collector. Gamora took her father by surprise and, without restraining himself, killed him with his sword and knife. However, this was not really Thanos. In truth, the Mad Titan had used the power of the Reality Stone to create an illusion that Gamora fell in love with.
Now, Thanos has fallen for the same trick in Eternal # 2. By creating an illusion, Sprite shows how powerful it really is. In fact, his powers can fool one of the most dangerous beings in the Marvel Universe, and his constructions can be as compelling as the Reality Stone from the MCU. Of course, it’s also important to remember that Thanos was blinded by a murderous rage, one that the narrative made it clear that he enjoyed. If it weren’t for that, he probably would have realized what was really going on.
Thanos fell in love with Sprite’s trick once, but he likely won’t do it a second time.
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