WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Eternals, now in theaters.
In the weeks leading up to the release of Eternals, the first of two post-credit scenes was released on the World Wide Web to the studio’s chagrin and the anger of fans. Ire stemmed from the spoiler itself and to some extent what looked like celebrity mining reminiscent of Ed Sheeran in Game Of Thrones. The scene depicts Eros, played by Harry Styles, teleporting to the Domo as his crew blindly heads out into the cosmos to find other Eternals.
Eros, also known as Starfox, offers them his help as an eternal companion and suggests that not only are their loved ones in desperate need of help, but also that he knows exactly where to find them. Lost in the scum of it all, the debut of Pip the Troll, voiced by Patton Oswald, also makes his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pip is universally known for his bacchanal passions, unparalleled daring, and steadfast camaraderie with Adam Warlock.
Pip, created by and designed in the image of Jim Starlin, was once a prince of the world of Laxidazia who partied with trolls one night and was shocked to wake up as a troll the next day. Self-imposed problems haunt him like an impending avalanche throughout his misadventures, until he is captured by fanatics who have called for the extinction of all trolls due to their innate resistance to manipulation. mental. Its MCU introduction in Eternals comes as a surprise.
Adam Warlock’s existence, on the other hand, has been the subject of a concrete rumor from the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but was recently officially confirmed by James Gunn with the cast of Will Poulter. Now that it’s clear that they will both exist in this phase of the MCU, their comic book partnership may provide some interesting insight into some of Kevin Feige’s narrative goals going forward.
In the comics, Adam Warlock and Pip met on a ship called The Great Divide, which is part of the Universal Church of Truth Empire Fleet representing an intergalactic enslaved theocracy of a thousand worlds. Warlock had been captured and herded along with other intelligent life forms whose bodies did not conform to bipedal humanoid classifications and, as such, were considered less than sacred in the eyes of the Universal Church. They all came from worlds subjugated by the Church and were destined to have their molecules taken apart and rearranged into configurations more useful to the clergy. Pip the Troll was among them.
Warlock chased their captors through the ship and sent them one by one as Pip headed for an escape shuttle, awaiting Warlock’s arrival. As the bearer of the Unwavering Soul Gem, something that was increasingly beyond his control, Warlock worried that Pip was accompanying him on his quest to destroy the false god of the Church, Magus. . Pip never considered the possibility of another option, however, and forged a path to their unknown intertwined destinies. It was the start of a partnership that spawned dozens and dozens of adventures across space, time and consciousness.
Pip makes an appearance, and often a substantial contribution, in nearly every varied Infinity crossover event in the ’90s and early’ 90s. Warlock and the Infinity Watch, created by Jim Starlin and Angel Medina, involves the consequences of Infinity Gauntlet crossover which ultimately led to Thanos’ defeat and was adapted into the movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Warlock is tasked with keeping the Infinity Gems safe so that they can never be retrieved in a weapon of untold power and each has a designated guardian, granting the Space Gem to Pip. The MCU doesn’t seem likely to see the power of the Infinity Stones again in future features, but in this case, the nature of the trust and brotherhood between these two characters may be more important than their previously scripted interactions, especially in the event potential conflict with the Celestials looms.
Pip’s debut in Eternals holds some interesting implications, especially when it comes to the Infinity Stones. Adam Warlock is as central a character to the Stones as Thanos is in the comic book continuity, perhaps even more so since possession of the Soul Stone was almost an original feature of his character and his many arcs throughout. the comics revolve around gems in one way or another. . After abandoning the Space Gem, Pip remained imbued with much of his power, retaining the ability to transport groups of individuals immense distances and locate anyone anywhere in the universe. .
When he arrives on the ship with Eros, it’s unclear whether he gets there due to these residual powers, meaning he has already made contact with the Space Stone, or is simply using some means of teleportation more technologically mundane. The visual effect seems closer to Heimdall’s access to the Bifrost compared to a portal that one simply passes through as previous uses of the Infinity Stone were depicted. They tell the other Eternals that they know how to find Sersi, Phastos, and Kingo. Is this also the result of exposure to Infinity Stone or were they instead using the Celestial Communication Sphere as a type of locator beacon?
Eternals makes it clear that these characters will appear again, whether in a sequel that hasn’t yet been announced, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Love and Thunder or some other MCU property adjacent to the cosmos. As such, the potential Adam Warlock and Pip the Troll duo will be something fans will look forward to.
To see Pip the Troll’s MCU debut, Eternals is now playing in theaters.
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