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Who Is The Celestial In The Final Trailer For Marvel's Eternals?

The final trailer for "Eternals" gave audiences an incredible look at Chloe Zhao's grand, sweeping vision of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it also reveals some key things about the team and who they are. The Eternals were created by the Celestials 7000 years ago to defend humanity from a terrifying race of aliens called the Deviants. The Celestials themselves are (typically) behemoth-sized cosmic beings who experiment with life for unknown reasons. This giant alien race is also responsible for accidentally creating the Deviants, so the Eternals are the Celestials' way of cleaning up their own mess.

The Celestials used Earth as a laboratory to experiment with life to see what would happen. But there's plenty of mystery surrounding them since they don't exactly communicate their intentions very well. However, this isn't the first time audiences have seen Celestials in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In "Guardians of the Galaxy" the Collector (Benicio del Toro) revealed footage of Eson the Searcher using the Power Stone to decimate an entire planet. And in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) father, Ego (Kurt Russell), is a sentient Celestial planet.

Chloe Zhao's film is simply expanding the lore of the universe and revealing where it all started. But who is the Celestial in the final trailer for "Eternals?"

Arishem the Judge

The Celestial briefly seen in the trailer is Arishem the Judge, and he was created by the legendary Jack Kirby for "Eternals" #2 way back in 1976. He's one of the most powerful Celestials, and he decides whether a civilization or a planet should be culled for the greater good (via Fandom). His unique red armor gives him a truly intimidating look, if his gigantic stature wasn't terrifying enough. So it's a little worrying that he's already showing up in "Eternals" — does his appearance mean the Celestials are judging whether Earth should be culled?

It's possible that the Celestials aren't pleased with all the death and destruction that hit the universe in "Infinity War" and "Endgame," and Earth is the root of it all. But let's face it, without the Avengers, Thanos wouldn't have been defeated at all. The final "Eternals" trailer shows Sersi (Gemma Chan) staring up at the Celestial, so it'll be interesting to see why she's the one confronting the gigantic being.

It's also worth noting that if Marvel Studios is committing to giving audiences huge, towering cosmic beings that threaten our existence — it's possible this is a way of preparing us for a future villain down the line. Remember, the Fantastic Four are coming to the MCU in the future, maybe Galactus the planet-eater will come with them.

"Eternals" arrives in theaters on November 5, 2021.