Spoilers for Marvel’s Eternals follow. You have been warned…
Unless you follow certain Variety writers on social media, you may have found yourself surprised during the end credits of Marvel Studios’ Eternals when former One Direction star Harry Styles popped up to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Eros, a.k.a. the superhero Starfox.
Styles’ Starfox (who in the comic books is the brother of Thanos) appeared briefly in the mid-credits scene alongside Pip the Troll (Patton Oswalt). However, that wasn’t the only surprise that Eternals had in store as the subsequent post-credits scene also served to introduce another character to the MCU with a mysterious voice addressing Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman.
Well, as revealed by director Chloe Zhao, the voice belongs to none other than Blade, with Mahershala Ali making his debut as the Daywalker ahead of his solo movie!
“That was the voice of one of my favorite superheroes, Mr. Blade himself. Blade, Blade, Blade,” Zhao revealed in an interview with Fandom. I don’t know what they’re doing with the [solo] movie, but Mahershala is a treasure. It’s going to be epic.”
As well as confirming Mahershala Ali’s role, Zhao also opened up to CinemaBlend about Harry Styles’ casting as Starfox and how it came about; check out here comments here…
📝| “I kept tabs on Harry Styles since he appeared in Dunkirk […] I immediately thought […] who you are makes me think of Eros, as a character. It came to life when I met him.” -Chloe Zhao, director of #eternals on casting Harry.
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“Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.”
Eternals is directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and features a cast that includes Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) as Thena, Richard Madden (Bodyguard) as Ikaris, Don Lee (Train to Busan) as Gilgamesh, Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) as Ajak, Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry (Child’s Play) as Phastos, Lia McHugh (American Woman) as Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) as Kingo, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Dane Whitman, Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel) as Sersi and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) as Druig.