Thor: Love and Thunder featured a variety of statues in Eternity’s temple, and this is a breakdown of every figure who was depicted there. One major aspect of Phase 4 so far has been a deeper exploration into the cosmic elements of the Marvel Universe, and that, naturally, has included more of those types of characters being introduced into the MCU. Love and Thunder Both confirmed and reaffirmed the existence of several of those types of characters, and this is an explanation of each one of them.
In the climax of Thor: Love and ThunderThor arrives at the temple of Eternity in order to stop Gorr the God Butcher from meeting with Eternity and wishing for him to kill all gods in the universe. While the focus is on the battle with Gorr, one interesting detail about the temple of Eternity is how it features statues of various figures involved with the cosmic elements of the Marvel Universe. Eternity, himself, is a major figure in the cosmic side of Marvel, so it would make sense that his temple would have statues of other characters like him, and for a few of the statues shown, this is the first indication that the characters they depicted exist in the MCU.
There was a wide assortment of statues in the temple of Eternity in Thor: Love and Thunder, and here is an explanation of every character they depict. It should be noted that the statues aren’t an indication that the characters will be making appearances in the MCU soon, if at all; all that’s being done is establishing and reaffirming their existences. Also, there’s no guarantee that the MCU versions of the characters will be the same as they are in the comics, but the comics are bound to provide the majority of their framework, so it’s still worth bringing up.
With the statues being inside the temple of Eternity, there’s naturally a statue depicting Eternity, himself. In both the comics and the MCU, Eternity is a cosmic entity that embodies the aspect of creation in the multiverse, something that was emphasized by both his status as a wish granter in Thor: Love and Thunder and the implication of him helping to create the Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy. As an abstract concept of the multiverse, Eternity is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, and that should still be the case in the MCU, although it’s unknown if he’ll make another appearance following Love and Thunder.
Another statue to feature in Thor: Love and Thunder is one of Eternity’s sister, Infinity. Like Eternity, Infinity is the embodiment of an abstract concept of the multiverse, in this case, the infinite space of the multiverse, and she was also implied to be one of the creators of the Infinity Stones; all of this means that both in and out of the MCU, Infinity is one of the most powerful Marvel characters there is. Before Love and ThunderInfinity had only appeared in a mural in Guardians of the Galaxybut her having a statue to reaffirm her existence nearly a decade later could work to set up a full appearance from her later in the MCU.
In addition to Eternity and Infinity, the cosmic entity Death also has a statue in the temple of Eternity; of all of the cosmic entities implied to have created the Infinity Stones, Entropy is the only one to not have a statue. As her name would imply, Death embodies decay and actively works to cause destruction in the universe, although she does it primarily to maintain balance as opposed to outright villainy. In the comics, Thanos’ motivation for all the destruction he causes in many stories is to impress death, and while that aspect of his character was written out of the MCU, despite being referenced in 2012’s The AvengersDeath having a statue could mean that her existence is being fully reaffirmed and that she could make an appearance somewhere down the line.
One notable statue in the temple of Eternity is that of a Watcher, the race of beings who spend their time observing the events of different universes while making sure not to interfere with them. While the specific Watcher being depicted is unknown, it’s most likely Uatu, as he’s the most prolific of the Watchers in the comics and is already involved with the MCU through his appearance in What If…? If that is the case, then Uatu the Watcher Having a statue in the temple of Eternity would work to firmly establish his importance to the wider MCU beyond What If…?possibly even setting up an appearance from him in live-action.
The Living Tribunal
Another cosmic entity to have a statue is the Living Tribunal, the supreme authority of the multiverse who passes judgment on multiversal threats when all other options have failed. The Living Tribunal isn’t very active in the comics, but he still stands as a being whose authority and power are virtually unmatched by everyone except the One Above All, the god of the Marvel Universe. The Living Tribunal briefly appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessso his having a statue is further proof of his existence in the MCU and a potential means of setting up a future appearance; the MCU’s Phase 4 Focus on the multiverse further supports the idea of the Living Tribunal appearing at some point.
Of all of the statues to feature in the temple of Eternity, one of the only figures to have not made an appearance before is Eon. In the comics, Eon is one of Eternity’s children who embodies the concept of time and created the Quantum Bands used by the original Captain Marvel. Eon was a relatively minor character in the comics and had his role taken over by his daughter Epoch following his death, so it’s unknown what sort of role he’ll have in the MCU, if any at all outside of the Thor: Love & Thunder cameo in the form of a statue. However, considering his ties to the Captain Marvel mythos, Eon might appear in Phase 4’s The Marvelsor at least be referenced in some way.
The One Above All
The last statue to be seen in Thor: Love and Thunder is that of the One Above All. While he shares a name with the god of the Marvel Universe, this One Above All is the leader of the Celestials and the most powerful of them all. Since the One Above All was a minor character in the comics, it’s unknown what sort of role he would play in the MCU, but if he does appear, then it would likely tie into Arishem’s plans for Earth following Eternals.
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