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MCU’s Eternals: What Makes Druig the Most Fascinating Eternal



Druig Uses his Powers on Tiamut in Eternals

Spoiler Warning: Marvel’s Eternals

Eternals might have been one of Marvel’s most ambitious projects. Serving as one of the first films of Marvel’s phase four, the film sought to introduce ten new characters and build a narrative that stretched across human history, clocking in as Marvel’s second-longest film with a runtime of two hours and thirty-six minutes. While it does struggle at times to balance so many new characters, Eternals still provides for an entertaining adventure with the typical Marvel tropes fans have come to love.

Thanks to Chloe Zhao’s direction and some great visual effects (minus Pip the troll), Eternals succeeds in intriguing audiences with its all-powerful characters and leaves them anticipating the roles they’ll play in the coming phases.

The film opens with Arishem (David Kaye) sending the Eternals to Earth to eradicate the deviants and restore balance to the planet. During their time on Earth, the Eternals become intertwined with every generation of humanity, helping them grow their technology and innovations, but refraining from involving themselves directly with human conflict. Druig (Barry Keoghan) is one of the ten Eternals in the film and is the most mischievous. Of all the Eternals, Druig questions their mission the most, believing that their indifference to the atrocities humans commit is a grave error.

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Even though the character of Druig isn’t explored in-depth due to the massive cast of characters, he remains one of the most fascinating. With flexible morals, a growing ego, and the fires of romantic passion burning inside him, this mind-controlling Eternal is one of the most powerful, if not the most dangerous, of the bunch.

Druig is first introduced when the Eternals land on Earth in 5,000 BC. After Ikaris (Richard Madden), Athena (Angelina Jolie), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), and Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) prevent a deviant from killing a group of primitive humans, Druig disembarks the Domo (their ship) with Sprite (Lia McHugh), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), and Ajax (Salma Hayek). In order to calm the primitive humans, Druig uses his mind control abilities to put them at ease and get them to drop their weapons. This is the first taste of Druig’s powers, showing he can turn a person’s violent intentions into peaceful ones in a heartbeat.

When the Eternals arrived at Babylon in 575 BC, Phastos presented his concept for the steam engine to Ajax, but Druig was skeptical if humans are ready for such an invention, only having had the wheel for a thousand years. Phastos asks Druig to use his mind control, but Druig, knowing it’s forbidden to interfere with humans’ minds in such a way, turns to Ajax to confer to her that the idea is ridiculous. This moment shows that Druig is a pessimist and doesn’t think highly of humans’ capacity to handle change, but it also shows that at this point, he remains loyal to the dogma and refuses to use his powers to interfere with human free will.