Whatever the length of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos’ Snap will always be remembered as one of the franchise’s most crucial moments. Half of all life was abruptly erased from the cosmos, only to reappear five years later when Tony Stark reversed the Snap. This event had an impact on everything and everyone in the MCU, therefore as new characters are introduced, the question of how the Blip affected them will always be brought up. The Eternals are no different.
The first trailer for Eternals revealed that the ancient race of beings purposefully sat out of the conflict with Thanos in order to follow the instructions of the Celestials. What we didn’t know, however, is whether or not any Eternals were actually snapped away or not. The movie didn’t offer an answer, but director Chloe Zhao has. WARNING: Eternals spoilers below!
According to Zhao, the Eternals couldn’t be snapped away because the Snap only eliminated half of all life. While the Eternals have long thought themselves members of an ancient race from the planet Olympia, one of the twists of the film revealed that they were actually created by the Celestials for the sole purpose of growing natural populations on various planets. They’re not considered living beings at all.
In an interview with CinemaBlend Choe Zhao said the following:
“Well, I can’t say this out loud, but if you think about what the Celestials told them. If you think about what the Celestials told them about themselves, technically they can’t get blipped,”.