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Alright, let’s dive into this leak.
Recently, a leak’s hit the web that Galactus, the famed devourer of worlds, will be reimaged as a Celestial in The Eternals movie.
And I have to admit, that’s pretty dumb.
As much as I love the MCU, and I love Kevin Feige, I don’t think everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to be neatly intertwined. The Marvel Comics have a massive 80 year history. Their stories sprawl decades, planets, and dimensions.
There’s no need for every extremely powerful being or extremely powerful weapon to be connected to each other.
It kinda sorta made sense in the first three phases. If you didn’t already know, those super powerful artifacts like the Cosmic Cube, Loki’s Scepter, and the Aether were retconned into being Infinity Stones. Originally, they were their own separate super powerful artifacts, and probably would have had origins similar to what they had in the comics.
Let’s take the Cosmic Cube for example. Did you know that in the comics, Cosmic Cubes aren’t Infinity Stones? They’re actually kinda, sorta extra-dimensional beings called Beyonders… depending on which particular writer you’re reading at the moment.
There are thousands of different weapons and thousands of different characters with just as interesting, and sometimes wacky, origins as the Cosmic Cube. And that’s what makes the Marvel Universe’s diversity so exciting. The sheer fact that there is so much to learn, so much to see, and so many weapons to collect makes it exciting.
And everytime the MCU tries to reduce that complexity into much neater, easier to understand stories, they miss out on that original comic book magic. Sure, the films’ stories will be easier to digest for the general public… after all, that’s why they are dumbing them down.
But it takes away the magic and mystique of such a massive universe inhabited by such diverse characters.
If Galactus is in fact a Celestial in the Eternals flick, his origin story and the unique flavor he adds to the Marvel Universe will be deleted. In the comics, he’s the sole survivor of the preceding Universe. When that previous universe contracted and died, Galactus was the sole survivor. He was reborn in our universe as a force of nature, destined to destroy planets in order to sate his out of control hunger.
But if he’s a Celestial, then he is just one among many. He’ll suddenly have peers, he’ll suddenly share common origins, and he’ll have to share screen time with a lot of other folks who can do similar things.
He’ll be that much less special. And I would be that much less interested in his stories.
I don’t want that to happen. That’s why I hope Kevin Feige and crew keep Galactus as his own entity.
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