66 ‘Eternals’ Quotes on Humanity, Love, and Faith, with a Side of Banter
The excitement over Marvel's "Eternals" was not just for its inclusive cast of big names but also for its Oscar-winning director, Chloé Zhao. Discover 66 quotes from the film.
The Eternals are different from other superheroes in the Marvel stable in that their mission is not to interfere with the affairs of man but to protect it from Deviants. Scattered across the globe, the eternal beings reunite to fight off an apocalyptic event.
Working within the confines of what makes a Marvel movie, Zhao brought her delicate touch to emotional interactions and created a visual feast with many moments highlighted with magic-hour shots. Under her direction, even a fight scene, filmed in a torch-lit forest at night, looked beautiful.
A ripped Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo has the most fun in the flick as a Bollywood superstar, while Angelina Jolie's fierce warrior Thena's mental illness is depicted with care.
Thena’s quote: "When you love something, you protect it. It is the most natural thing in the world." | Image: AmoDays
'Eternals' Quotes on Their Mission, Earth, and Relationships with Each Other
"I'm sorry I hurt you, Sersi. But we need to stick together. And once I know you're safe, I'll leave you alone." — Ikaris
"You know, we could do that thing, you know, where you use your mind to control them, and then they could do it quicker." — Phastos
"When you love something, you protect it. It is the most natural thing in the world." — Thena
"I think we must learn from our mistakes and do better. You must not give up hope." ― Karun
Sersi: "What did I miss?"
Phastos: Nothing. Just the screams of my deep disappointment." —"Eternals"
Ajak ‘s quote: "Don't listen to your head, Thena. Listen to my voice. You are safe. You are loved. You're our Thena." | Image: AmoDays
"Listen, humanity may be coming along slower than some of us want. But there is no telling what wonders they will discover as they advance." — Ajak
"You are very beautiful, Sersi. I'm yours, Sersi, if you'll have me." — Ikaris
"Ajak asked me to check on Sersi, so I went to London. Turned out, both of us were lonely, and we needed each other. I guess, in her way, Ajak never stopped trying to take care of us." — Sprite
"This isn't war. It's genocide. Their weapons have become too deadly. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea helping them advance, Phastos." — Druig
"Don't listen to your head, Thena. Listen to my voice. You are safe. You are loved. You're our Thena." — Ajak
Sprite’s quote: "So now that Captain Rogers and Iron Man are both gone, who do you think is going to lead the Avengers?" | Image: AmoDays
Thena: Please. Please, I want to remember. I want to remember my life."
Ajak: "Thena, I love you. But listen to me. It's not important if you remember or not. Your spirit will remain. You will always be Thena deep inside. Trust me."
Druig: "Why should she trust you? You're asking her to let you erase who she is." —"Eternals"
"We've trusted you for seven thousand years, and look where you've gotten us. I've watched humans destroy each other, when I could stop it all in a heartbeat. Do you know what that does to someone after centuries? Could our mission have been a mistake? Are we really helping these people build a better world, huh? We're just like the soldiers down there. Pawns to their leaders. Blinded by loyalty." — Druig
"So now that Captain Rogers and Iron Man are both gone, who do you think is going to lead the Avengers?" — Sprite
Gilgamesh: "Who the hell are you?"
Karun: "I'm Karun. Kingo's valet."
Gilgamesh: "Oh, valet. Like Alfred in Batman." —"Eternals"
"I created the Deviants, Sersi, for the same purpose I created you. Every Celestial host planet has its own predators. I first sent the Deviants to exterminate them so intelligent life could grow. But there was a flaw in their design. They evolved. Became predators themselves. And I lost control of them. I built and programmed you, Eternals, to be synthetic beings and incapable of evolution to correct my mistake. Sersi, Ajak has chosen you to take her place as the Prime Eternal. Do not fail me." — Arishem
Arishem’s quote: "Without us, our universe will fall into darkness. All life will die." | Image: AmoDays
Sersi: "We had an unprecedented global earthquake three days ago."
Gilgamesh: "Oh, that's what that was. I thought I was drunk." — "Eternals"
"It is time for you to learn the true purpose of your mission. You were sent to Earth to bring forth the Celestial Tiamut. Every billion years, new Celestials must be born. I plant Celestial seeds into host planets across the universe. The planet Earth was chosen to host the Celestial Tiamut. In order to grow, Tiamut needs vast amounts of energy from intelligent life. The Deviants prevented this by consuming humans until the Eternals eliminated them. Now, the human population of this planet has reached the required amount. It is time for the emergence to begin." — Arishem
"Without us, our universe will fall into darkness. All life will die." — Arishem
Gilgamesh: "I'll watch over Thena. Let her keep her memories."
Ajak: "One day, when she attacks you, you might have to kill her."
Gilgamesh: "We'll take that chance." —"Eternals"
"You have a very angry family, sir. Yeah, it's a big issue." — Karun to Kingo
Gilgamesh’s quote: "I thought we were heroes. Turns out we're the bad guys." | Image: AmoDays
"I think we must learn from our mistakes and do better, sir. You must not give up hope." — Karun
"Ajak. Her memories, I understand now. I can see what she saw. So many planets. So much life destroyed every time a Celestial is born. Arishem used us and left us to die with each emergence. We just wanted to survive. And then he sent you. I will kill you all for what you have done to my kind. You are not saviors, Eternals. You are murderers." — Kro
Ajak: "I have followed Arishem for millions of years. And I have never doubted him. Until now."
Ikaris: "And Why now? Why now?!"
"Five years ago, Thanos erased half of the population of the universe. Delayed the emergence. But the people of this planet brought everyone back with the snap of a finger. You know, after I let you all go, I traveled the world, living among them. I have seen them fight, and lie, and kill. But I have also seen them laugh and love. I've seen them create and dream. This planet and these people have changed me. The cost of Arishem's design, it's not worth it. Not this time." — "Eternals"
I thought we were heroes. Turns out we're the bad guys." — Gilgamesh
"When the others realize something is happening to the Earth, they'll come to you. When they find your body, they'll know the Deviants are back. It'll keep them busy until the emergence. I've been loyal to you, Ajak. I kept your secret for centuries; I lied to everyone I cared about. But never have I doubted my purpose to serve the Celestials." — Ikaris
Sprite’s quote: "You know why I hated living with humans? Because they reminded me of things I didn't even know I wanted." | Image: AmoDays
"I asked Gilgamesh once why he chose to protect me. He said, "When you love something, you protect it. It is the most natural thing in the world." You have loved these people since the day we arrived. So, there is no one better to lead us now than you." — Thena to Sersi
"I've always thought of the Celestials like the ocean. They give life, and they take life away without bias. If they were gone, this universe would eventually end. What you're trying to do is free humanity from the natural order." — Ikaris
"You have chosen to sacrifice a Celestial for the people of this planet. I will spare them, but your memories will show if they are worthy to live. And I will return for judgment." — "Eternals"
"They give me faith again. And I see the good in humanity in them every day." — Phastos on his family
"You know why I hated living with humans? Because they reminded me of things I didn't even know I wanted." — Sprite
Ajak‘s quote "Find your own purpose." | Image: AmoDays
"I didn't come to this planet to cower behind walls." — Thena
"Find your own purpose." — Ajak
"We're just like the soldiers down there. Pawns to their leaders. Blinded by loyalty." — Druig
"I don't wear a cape." — Ikaris
"Humans are far from being able to protect themselves from the Deviants. We still have much to do." — Ikaris
"Do you think it was easy to live with the truth? To know that one day all this would end? If we gave humanity the choice, how many of them would be willing to die so that billions more could be born?" — Ikaris
Phastos’ quote: "You know what's never saved the planet? Your sarcasm." | Image: AmoDays
"I wouldn't change a single thing about who I am. Born or made." — Phastos
"You know what's never saved the planet? Your sarcasm." — Phastos
Kingo Quotes from 'Eternals'
Kingo: "Oh, Karun, he's worked with me for fifty years. I trust him completely. Actually, when we first met, he thought I was a vampire. And he tried to stake me through the heart."
Karun: "I have apologized so many times."
Kingo: "Not quite enough times. Very close, though. I'll let you know." — "Eternals"
"Life affords no greater duty than to protect one's family!" Remember? It's your favorite line from The Shadow Warrior 2: Voyage of Time. Your family needs you." ― Karun to Kingo
Kingo‘s quote: "You do not turn against your family." | Image: AmoDays
"Seven thousand years. That's how long the battle between Eternals and Deviants has raged for. You think I'm a movie star. Well, I am. But I am also an Eternal." ― Kingo
"Oh, I don't know what you're talking about. That is my great-great-grandfather. That is my great-grandfather. Grandfather. Father. And me. I'm part of the greatest dynasty in the history of Bollywood. Pretty impressive, right? ― Kingo on how he remained a leading man for over a hundred years
"We should have all stayed together." — Kingo
"DVD? It's all about streaming now. You know, what you need is a Kindle. Do you know what that is? It's like a... You know, I just realized that if you don't know what an iPad is, there's almost no way to explain it." — Kingo to Makkari
"You do not turn against your family. Gilgamesh died because of you." — Kingo to Ikaris
"You are not a God. You know that, right?" | Image: AmoDays
"So, you're saying we're basically fancy robots? And our past memories are stored somewhere in space?" — Kingo
Kingo: "I love the people of this planet. But if you stop this emergence, you are preventing so many other worlds like this one from being created. I still have faith in Arishem. But I refuse to hurt any of you for my beliefs." — Kingo to Phastos
"As you can see, being an Eternal does not preclude you from having human emotions such as cowardice." — Kingo on a frightened Phastos
"You are not a God. You know that, right?" — Kingo to Druig
"You followed your heart. We all did." — Kingo
Sersi’s quote: "Every time innocent lives have been sacrificed for the greater good, it turns out to be a mistake." | Image: AmoDays
"Listen, it's going to be good for you to be in a human environment. You'll pick up some social skills. Oh, you didn't think you needed those? That explains so much." ― Kingo to Sprite as she's leaving to go to school.
"I don't do it for the views." — Kingo
Sersi Quotes from Marvel's 'Eternals'
"It's beautiful. Isn't it?" ― Sersi on seeing Earth for the first time.
"Every time innocent lives have been sacrificed for the greater good, it turns out to be a mistake." ― Sersi
Sersi: "We're Eternals from a planet called Olympia. We came here seven thousand years ago on the Domo, our starship, to protect humans from the Deviants. We thought we killed them all five centuries ago, but now they're back."
Dane Whitman: "Look, if you don't want to move in with me, you could just say." ― "Eternals"
"Well, I can change a rock into water. I could turn a rock into wood. Or a rock into metal. Actually, one time, I turned a rock into air." ― Sersi
Sersi’s quote: "If we'd protected humanity from everything for 7,000 years, you'd never have had the chance to develop." | Image: AmoDays
"Ajak chose me to lead us, but I can't even figure out how to speak to Arishem. I've tried so many times." ― Sersi
"Everything dies except us, because we were never alive." ― Sersi
Sersi: Dane, this is serious.
Dane Whitman: Oh, I know. I'm just still getting over the fact you're not a wizard. I was hoping you could change me into a giraffe. I always wanted to be a giraffe when I was a kid.
Sersi: It's too bad I can't change sentient beings. You would have made a very cute giraffe." ― "Eternals"
"Sersi: Sprite. I still have energy from the Uni-Mind. I think I can make you human. All the things you said you wanted, you can have them. But your time will be fleeting, and you'll die one day. Are you ready for that?
Sprite: I am" ― "Eternals"
"If we'd protected humanity from everything for 7,000 years, you'd never have had the chance to develop." — Sersi
Sersi’s quote: "I'm a good eBay bidder." | Image: AmoDays
"I am not afraid. This violent cycle has to end." — Sersi
"I'm a good eBay bidder." — Sersi
"It's time to put a god to sleep." ― Sersi
Dane Whitman: "What'll you do now?"
Sersi: Not sure. "This planet's my home, but I can't pretend to be human anymore."
Dane Whitman: "I love you, Sersi. I don't care what you are." ― "Eternals"
One thing that sets apex predators apart is that there are no other animals in their habitat strong enough to hunt them." ― Sersi
Sersi’s quote: "It's time to put a god to sleep." | Image: AmoDays
The film builds its world with inclusive characters like Salma Hayek's Ajak as the leader, a role which later falls on Sersi, portrayed by Gemma Chan.
Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos is Marvel's first openly gay superhero. Daf actress Lauren Ridloff plays Makkari, whose superpower is her hearing impairment.
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