Eternals character guide: who's who in the Marvel Studios movie?

Marvel Studios' Eternals opens up a new realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), advancing us further into Marvel Phase Four. In this sweeping epic from Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), a group of ancient super-beings must fight to protect mankind from the rampaging Deviants, and the cast is simply out-of-this-world.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden and Gemma Chan are just some of the actors breathing life into the Eternals collective. Each of the Eternals is imbued with powers and abilities, so if you don't know your Sprites from your Ajaks, you've come to the right place. Scroll down to find out more.


1. Sprite

Played by Lia McHugh

An Eternal who is perennially locked in a pre-adolescent body, Sprite has the ability to project astonishingly realistic illusions.


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2. Druig

Played by Barry Keoghan

At the start of the movie, the reclusive Druig has retreated from the Eternals collective and now lives in the Amazon rainforest. He can control the minds of other people.


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3. Ajak

Played by Salma Hayek

The wise and compassionate leader of the Eternals, Ajak has carved out a quiet life on a Dakota horse ranch, until the re-emergence of the Deviants forces her to seek out her old comrades. Ajak can heal herself and acts as the conduit between the Eternals and their even more powerful creators, the Celestials.


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4. Gilgamesh

Played by Don Lee

Gilgamesh is possessed with extraordinary strength and has been tasked with watching over fellow Eternal Thena.


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6. Thena

Played by Angelina Jolie

Thena can manipulate cosmic energy to conjure all manner of weapons from thin air. However, she struggles to control her powers, requiring fellow Eternal Gilgamesh to keep a close eye on her.


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7. Phastos

Played by Brian Tyree Henry

The technological guru of the Eternals team, Phastos is the first openly gay superhero in the MCU, and at the beginning of the movie, has found domestic bliss with his new partner.


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8. Kingo

Played by Kumail Nanjiani

A vainglorious and showboating member of the Eternals, Kingo has channelled his powers into becoming a Bollywood megastar, in which venture he's assisted by Karun (Harish Patel).


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9. Makkari

Played by Lauren Midloff

The lightning-quick Makkari is the first deaf superhero to feature in the MCU


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10. Ikaris

Played by Richard Madden

The powerful Ikaris can shoot laser beams from his eyes, which draws the odd comparison with Superman. He's been in an on/off relationship with fellow Eternal Sersi for centuries.


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11. Sersi

Played by Gemma Chan

The most empathetic and compassionate member of the Eternals collective, Sersi cares deeply about humanity, to the extent she's gone incognito as a curator at London's Natural History Museum to keep a close eye on proceedings. She's in a relationship with human Dane Whitman (Kit Harington), but her heart belongs to Ikaris.


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