Did Thor: Love & the Celestials Thunder Retcon Eternals?

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ATTENTION: spoilers for the movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” are ahead.

In “Torah: Love and Thunder,” the eponymous God of Thunder goes to the City of Omnipotence, where one can see the Celestials, questioning what the Eternals had previously established about these beings. In the new part of Thor, Thor and his friends learn that Gorr, the Butcher God, is killing gods all over the galaxy. With the help of Valkyrie, Korg, and Dr. Jane Foster, Thor must stop Gorr before he destroys the Asgardians.

With the exception of their appearance in Eternals, Celestials mostly remain a mystery in most corners of the MCU. According to the Eternals, the Celestials are ancient cosmic beings who hide inside the core of the planet until their possible birth, which in the process destroys the host planet. The Eternals themselves are the creations of the Heavenly Arishem, who insists that the Celestials are the driving force of the universe. The role of the Celestials in intelligent life may be enough to grant them access to the City of Omnipotence. However, “Thor: Love and Thunder” does not offer clear criteria for those who rest in the realm of the gods.

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The Eternals never explicitly state that the Celestials are gods, but they certainly have godlike power. According to Jack Kirby’s comics, the Celestials are immortal and omnipotent. In addition, it seems that their supernatural abilities have no limits. In the scene after the credits of “Thor: Love and Thunder”, Zeus is shown still alive, which serves as a reminder of how indestructible the gods are. According to the Torah comics, the Heavenly Arishem Judge is stronger than Zeus, Odin and Vishnu combined. The power of the Celestials could give them access to the City of Omnipotence, but it is unclear if this is the same as the gods.

Are the celestials supposed to be gods in the MCU?

The definition of the MCU god is never explicitly explained. In a multiverse with superheroes and various cosmic beings, it can be difficult to determine what makes god. Gods are used in stories to explain the creation of the universe. In Scandinavian and Greek mythology, people worship gods and recognize them as their creators. The role of the gods in intelligent life makes them worthy of worship. Similarly, the Celestials play a crucial role in maintaining life in the universe. Therefore, somewhere in the MCU there may be a group of beings worshipping the Celestials as gods. In Thor: Love and Thunder, the City of Omnipotence is home to gods of all cultures. Perhaps access to the City of Omnipotence simply depends on the worship of lower beings.

The scene after the credits of the movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” hints at the final part of the “Ragnarok” trilogy. In Thor 5, Thor could return to the City of Omnipotence to meet Zeus’ son, Hercules. Whether the Celestials will return is still unknown, but their brief appearance in “Torah: Love and Thunder” hints that the Celestials of the Eternals are not forgotten.

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