How Does Each Eternals Character Compare To Their Comic Counterpart? A Handy Guide

In July of 1976 artist/writer/god among men Jack Kirby made his last big contribution to the Marvel Universe when "The Eternals" #1 was released to newsstands across the country. It introduced strange new cosmic concepts like the powerful Celestials who helped to divide the evolution of man into three stages: regular old humans, the mutated Deviants, and the super people known as Eternals. With Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao's $200 million dollar movie version of "Eternals" sprawling across screens in all its epic glory today, we're taking a look at each of the 10 immortal main heroes on the team and how the comic book versions compare to their onscreen counterparts.

Sersi (Gemma Chan)

Comics Personality/Powers: In the comics she can transmute matter into almost anything. She can also teleport, lift at least 20 tons, project illusions and energy blasts, fly, and use telekinesis and telepathy. Her personality is flirtatious and highly social. 

In the Movie: Onscreen her powers involve the manipulation of inanimate matter, as in a scene where she turns a falling London city bus into a cascade of red flower petals. These powers are not dissimilar to the way Thanos used the reality stone to turn bullets into bubbles in "Avengers: Infinity War." Her personality is incredibly empathetic, only mildly flirtatious (mainly with her boyfriends Ikaris and Dane) and a little coy.

Ikaris (Richard Madden)

Comics Personality/Powers: Stronger than the other Eternals, super durable, super stamina, super healing, laser eyes, teleportation, low-level psychic abilities and flight. His personality is that of a born leader. 

In the Movie: The movie version appears to have all these abilities, especially his perceived superiority to the other Eternals. He's basically Superman, something the film actually makes a joke about. He also harbors a darker side that makes him dangerous should others within the group turn against him.

Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani)

Comics Personality/Powers: A Japanese Eternal, he has all the typical powers like super-strength, flight, energy projection, and molecular manipulation but prefers to fight as a samurai with a sword. His public alter ego has portrayed samurai in action films à la Toshiro Mifune or Sonny Chiba. 

In the Movie: His main power seems to be blasting energy projectiles with his hands. Instead of portraying samurai in movies, he is a Bollywood star for many generations (changing his name every few decades to assume the part of his father, grandfather, etc). Both the comic and movie versions of the character relish living in the spotlight and receiving the adoration of millions.

Sprite (Lia McHugh)

Comics Personality/Powers: A trickster who often fools his fellow Eternals with projected illusions. Also levitation, flight, transmutation, strength, etc. He is stuck in the body of an 11-year-old boy. 

In the Movie: The main difference in the film is Sprite is a girl, and her illusions have an affinity with those of Loki. Her personality is very sardonic, like a moody teenager.

Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry)

Comics Personality/Powers: A master inventor who creates various inventions and weapons to aid both the Eternals and to help humanity progress. His personality is grim and haunted, searching for something to give him purpose. 

In the Movie: The film version is also a master inventor who wants to help humanity move forward, but when we catch up with him he has forsaken those abilities to focus on the family he is raising with his husband Ben and son Jack. 

Makkari (Lauren Ridloff)

Comics Personality/Powers: A genius technologist obsessed with speed and operating modes of transport. He can run really fast.

In the Movie: She's The Flash. Straight up just The Flash, right down to the red costume. She is shown speed reading and doing other things very fast. Unlike her comic counterpart she is a woman and also deaf, communicating via sign language most frequently with Kingo. 

Druig (Barry Keoghan)

Comics Personality/Powers: A power-hungry schemer who can brainwash people via his ability to project his thoughts into other people. Essentially he can directly override the body control of a person.

In the Movie: In the film he can do all these things, though his personality is slightly more benevolent. That does not mean he is pure and good, though, as at one point he basically uses his abilities to start a cult in the middle of the jungle where a group of people in matching clothes do his bidding. 

Gilgamesh (Don Lee)

Comics Personality/Powers: He is the source of the ancient Sumerian legend of a mighty king, this powerful warrior is a master of hand-to-hand combat and other weapons. He was at one point blind in the comics. 

In the Movie: In the movie he is the strongest Eternal with a deep, romantic connection to Thena, whom he lives with and protects from her frequent murderous spells. 

Ajak (Salma Hayek)

Comics Personality/Powers: During the Trojan war he/she (they've been both sexes) was mistaken for Ajax. They also fought alongside Thor at several points in history, and can shoot cosmic blasts from their eyes or hands. Their chosen role in life was as "Speaker to Celestials," which was usurped by Makkari at one point.

In the Movie: In the movie she starts as the de-facto spiritual leader of the group, speaking to the Celestials for further details on their continued mission. This position is later taken by Sersi. Her role as mother figure to the group becomes more important as their mission shifts to the preservation of humanity.

Thena (Angelina Jolie)

Comics Personality/Powers: Originally known as Azura, she took the name Thena when forging an alliance with the Greek goddess Athena. Besides all the usual Eternal powers she has incredible combat skills, her weapon of choice being a spear. 

In the Movie: In the film she can form any weapon out of cosmic energy, including a badass spear. She has many similarities to Wonder Woman, although she is somewhat handicapped by spells of madness which become a key plot point.