It’s nearly time for the next Marvel Studios film to hit theaters. Chloé Zhao’s cosmic epic Eternals has been a highly anticipated entry into the MCU for years now; it’s strange to think that it’s finally here.
That said, the project isn’t exactly getting a warm welcome. While initial reactions were positive, when reviews properly started coming out, those numbers started going down. In fact, Eternals has become the first Marvel Studios movie to be scored as Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes.
To add fuel to the fire, leaks have been springing from Marvel Studios’ ship at a rapid pace. From Variety’s massive Eternals screw-up to the many Spider-Man: No Way Home tidbits, it’s a dangerous place for those wanting to go into a movie blind.
It looks like trolls and pranksters are having fun with it, however, as someone put an entire leaked plot description for Zhao’s upcoming passion project on Wikipedia. The catch? It was entirely fabricated.
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Eternals Entire Plot Leaked—Fake Plot, That is
Early in the day on November 2, Wikipedia’s Eternals page was updated with a detailed plot of the film. Those details, however, were entirely fake.
The phony plot was edited on the page at roughly 11 am ET and remained live until about 5:30 pm ET, meaning that any users who did read the page during those six hours may have believed it as fact.
Whoever made the update likely wrote it in jest while also poking fun at all the spoiler leaks that Marvel Studios has recently been dealing with.
Even though it was fraudulent, the whole synopsis was still a fun read. The hoax story began just like one would assume it would: The Eternals protecting Earth from the Deviants. They also made mention of what Ajak says to Ikaris in the trailer, how the Eternals “are forbidden to interfere in human conflicts”
They also noted how Ajak “is endowed with the power to mentally bridge them with the Celestials.” The promotional material for the film hasn’t shown any signs that all the Eternals can directly talk to the Celestials. The only one seen doing so is Sersi.
The following section focused on how the team comes together and how “the Blip has awakened the Deviants.” It breezed over where each Eternal was found, conveniently leaving out all details. It did mention that “Thena is mentally broken after her past mistakes against them” and that Sersi’s secret relationship with Dane Whiteman is a point of conflict with her fellow Eternals.
The devious writer continued their story, talking about how there is a “traitor Eternal” assisting the Deviants, and that paranoia sets in, with the “Eternals begin[ing] to suspect each other”.
The storytelling gets a little sloppy, as it’s revealed that “Thena was the traitor who assisted the Deviants,” leading to battles across the world, which inevitably causes the remaining Eternals, and Dane Whitman, to go into hiding.
In the last bit of the plot synopsis, the author explained that “Kro has [Thena] mind-controlled,” and how his entire motivation is to take revenge against the Celestials for making them into deformed creatures. So naturally, when Kro is killed by the Eternals, the hive-mind death triggers and the Deviants are no more.
Then comes the after-credits scene. The first is Whitman going to Scotland and retrieving “the Black Bade Sword and the Black Knight armor.” They probably meant to say the Ebony Blade, but it was a good attempt nonetheless.
The second scene is revealed to be the introduction of Eros, “Thanos’ brother”
What makes that last scene all the better is how there wouldn’t be any ashes for Eros to find. The writer didn’t think this one through.
Not This Time Spoilers
The worst part about this fake plot description is how it was up for so long, which will simply cause misinformation to spread rapidly. Fans might not like what they hear, and end up not seeing the actual film in theaters—they just wouldn’t know that what they read is not a representation of the real product.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home is facing a similar issue. The many potential leaks and rumors are causing the general public to have expectations that the actual movie will never be able to meet. Basically, people are potentially setting themselves up for some heavy disappointment.
However, once it’s done, it’s done. There’s no putting it back in the bottle, the information is out there; right or wrong. For a studio that prides itself on its secrecy, they certainly aren’t doing the best of jobs lately. Having upwards of a dozen projects per year probably doesn’t help.
Eternals hits theaters worldwide on November 5 later this week, and Spider-Man: No Way Home will follow on December 17.