Even though its runtime is well over two hours, writer/director Chloe Zhao’s “Eternals” feels like it still has far more information to convey than it is frequently able to get across. This is particularly true in much of the dense, exposition-heavy dialogue.
Lines are unceremoniously dropped, only to later reveal far more depth. References are made to other MCU heroes, a grander scheme that goes beyond Earth itself, metaphysical revelations about the essence of humanity — and you barely have enough time to process one revelation before the conversation turns. Here are seven of the most memorable Eternals Quotes you may have missed during your run-through of the series.
You’ve had too much to drink
In an early scene, this is what Sprite (Lia McHugh) says to a flirtatious bar patron who tries to take their conversation to the next level. Employing her power to create illusions, as well as her desire to be a human adult, she made herself look like an attractive grown-up woman, but the moment proves fleeting as he reaches for the hand of the Eternal.
Fortunately, Sprite finds it easy to manipulate a human’s thoughts, and can slip right back into her natural form; unfortunately, when she returns to her natural form it is her despised visage of a pre-teen girl.
Well, I guess you must be the pilot
This is the response of Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) when he comes face-to-face with Ikaris (Richard Madden), the “ex-boyfriend” of Sersi (Gemma Chan). For some time, he’s heard about his girlfriend’s ex, and it’s never easy to live in the shadow of someone else who has shared love with someone you’re in love with, but Dane has been trying hard to get past these recollections of “the pilot” (because Ikaris can fly, get it?).
If we protected humanity for 7,000 years, you’d never have the chance to develop
Sersi’s response to Dane’s inevitable question about Thanos not only acts as a stand-in moment for MCU fans wondering why this group didn’t intervene in the “Infinity War,” but it also reflects on a hard-to-grasp reality about these long-living, super-powered, god-like beings: they’re just middle management.
I am yours, Cersei, if you’ll have me
You may not realize the importance of the line at the moment, but these 8 words kick off the first sex scene in MCU history. It is one of the most famous Eternals quotes that evoked a feeling of tenderness and fondness in many of the viewers.
Sure, there are plenty of romances in Marvel movies — Pepper Potts and Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, Peter Quill and Gamora all come to mind — but some have criticized the fact that, in more than two dozen movies, these supposedly-in-love characters haven’t done what comes naturally. In this scene, “Eternals” seeks to reverse the trend by putting it all out there.
It’s too late. Everyone is going to die
It’s obvious early on that Thena is grappling with some problems — and this line reveals the dark side of that struggle. Through flashbacks, we learn that the Angelina Jolie character is suffering from something called “Mahd Wy’ry,” which resembles what we earthlings typically see in our elderly and would call dementia.
Find your own purpose. And one day, when we see ourselves again, I want you to tell me what you’ve found
This line from Ajak (Salma Hayek) drives home the maternal role she has had in the lives of the Eternals for thousands of years — and the mistaken moment when they believe they’ve eradicated the last Deviant threat from Earth.
As Prime Eternal, she is the group’s leader. She has the greatest insight into the Celestials, helps set the tone, and with these words sends the group on a long vacation where they are scattered to the ends of the world.
Everything dies, except us, because we were never alive
Possibly the most impactful line from the film, it comes at a key moment when the Eternals essentially have the rug pulled out from under them.
For thousands of years they have been immortal, invincible, near-omnipotent celestial beings; now, they are just worker ants whose hill is about to be destroyed so they can start anew.
These were 7 of our most memorable Eternals quotes from the NetFlix series, Eternals.