RUMOR: Could Ikaris Return in Eternals 2?
A divisive film that is sure to get a sequel. According to recent developments, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans can infer that the events of Eternals were not as final as we thought. This leads to the question: could Ikaris (Richard Madden) return in Eternals 2?
A film that explored centuries of humanity, Eternals was a visually stunning story of ten immortal beings tasked with defending Earth from the unknown Deviant threat.
Sporting a wide array of various characters and one of the MCU’s most interesting antagonists, we may not have seen the last of the superpowered being that stood against his fellow Eternals.
ComicBook.com has recently reported a story that may point to Madden’s return to the role of Ikaris for the assumed sequel to Marvel’s Eternals.
The story comes from TikTok user Emmy Kennard, who may have spoiled the fact that the character is still alive, despite flying into the center of the sun at the conclusion of the film.
Kennard took the social media platform to share a video that has since been deleted, with the caption that reads, “When your brother is a stunt double and his next job is a character coming back into the MCU,” something that raised a lot of eyebrows.
The context of the video becomes clearer when reports realized that Kennard’s brother – as mentioned in the video – is the personal stunt double to Madden, having worked with the actor on Citadel and with no other stunt work listed for any other MCU character.
Which, again, begs the question: could Ikaris return in Eternals 2? The answer is unattainable now that the House of Ideas managed to remove the video from the wayward family member.
The character’s return is an interesting development considering the fiery fate suffered Ikaris in Eternals, but we are dealing with a very fluid universe that has never been shy to bring back old faces.
Could Ikaris have survived the center of the Sun? It is possible, but not likely. Eternals writer Kaz Firpo told CBR that the character ending of the film was him choosing “oblivion,” which does assume he is likely to have succeeded in ending his existence.
Yet, it also seems probable that the Celestials view the perfect obedience within Ikaris as an opportunity to exploit if they bring him back. He could return as the antagonist to face off against the growing Eternals rebellion once again.
Only time will tell, but having Ikaris return as an antagonist should be handled with caution to not retcon the tremendous success and development of the character, or to avoid boring viewers with more of the same.