Warning: This article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Eternals.
In the Eternals’ final scene, the faithful soldier Ikaris (Richard Madden) flies very close to the sun – and enters it. When the humankind-loving Sersi (Gemma Chan) reunited the Eternals, immortal heroes on a mission to educate and promote human growth and progress over the centuries, that is to prevent Emergence: the birth of the planet Celestial Tiamut. But because Ikaris’ loyalty lies with the Celestials and Arishem Judge, creator of the Eternals, he kills their spiritual leader Ajak (Salma Hayek) and fights with former lover Sersi and friends. Defeated and full of guilt, Ikaris commits suicide while flying in the Sun.
In an interview with CBR, Eternals co-author Kaz Firpo confirms that the mighty Ikaris sent himself to his death.
What is the melting point of an Eternal? How long does it take to literally melt an Eternal robot? For what it’s worth… yeah, it was always that. He can’t bear to face his family after what he’s done, which he realizes
Ikaris tells Ajak:
Never have I doubted my purpose to serve the Celestials
I don’t think that Ikaris even thinks that he’s wrong. I think that he just has so much regret. He’s very sorry. I think he’s sorry for the way he lived his whole life on this planet, and that’s a lot of burden to carry. So really, that act is basically saying, ‘I made a mistake, but I can’t face my family, and I can’t go on living
On Ikaris’s suicide, Firpo explained:
It began as an exile that I think, throughout the course of the filmmaking, really became something that needed to be definitive. It really is a moment of saying, ‘It’s sacrifice.’ It’s sort of saying, ‘I can’t serve the Eternals. If I can’t serve the Celestials, and I can’t be with my family, then I choose this third option,’ which for him really is oblivion.
So yeah, he dead
Eternals director Chloe Zhao further added Ikaris as Marvel’s mythological Superman, a hero greater than life sent forth surpassing his love for mankind.
That’s why I was drawn to him. I don’t see him as a superhero I’ve seen before
Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Madden Game of Thrones alum previously told Total Film:
I see him as a man first, and quite a complicated character, before a superhero. You know, superheroes have laser eyes. Superheroes can fly. So, there’s lots of parallels. But as a character, I’ve not seen anyone like him before.
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