A new piece of Eternals fan art imagines what Richard Madden’s Ikaris may have looked like in a comic-accurate suit from the original source material.
A new piece of Eternals fan art showcases how the MCU’s Ikaris may have looked in a comic-accurate suit. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals was released in November 2021. The live-action debut of the Eternals shed more light on the long history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing the race of immortal beings and delving further into the history of the Celestials. The film was met with mixed reviews from both fans and critics, who enjoyed Zhao’s breathtaking visuals but criticized Eternals’ pacing and long runtime.
Eternals follows the titular team of super-powered individuals who were created by an extraterrestrial race known as the Celestials. Their purpose was to protect human civilization from the Celestials’ evil counterparts, the Deviants. After going their own separate ways in life, the Eternals are all forced back together once again after 7,000 years when the Deviants suddenly reappear to cause havoc on Earth. The star-studded cast of this MCU Phase 4 entry includes the likes of Richard Madden as Ikaris, as well as Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Barry Keoghan, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie, and more.
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Reddit user Besaad14 shared a piece of concept fan art that depicts Madden’s Ikaris sporting a much more comic-accurate superhero suit. Whilst the film’s outfit featured a blue and gold color scheme, the fan art instead grants the Eternal his iconic blue and red outfit ripped straight from the pages of the Eternals comic books. Fitting in with the context of the film, the image also features Ikaris standing on the shore of a familiar island as he stares off towards the viewer. Check out the art below:
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Despite many costumes of past MCU films not always accurately reflecting certain characters’ appearances from Marvel Comics, the studio has noticeably improved upon this detail in recent works. Many recent projects within the MCU have showcased almost perfect accuracy when it comes to original comics costumes, including Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch receiving an original costume nod in WandaVision, and the upcoming Moon Knight seeming to have its titular character greatly resembling his comics counterpart. This is not exclusive to the MCU, either, with DC also having its recent on-screen character iterations, such as Peacemaker, taking on more classic appearances akin to early comics.
Eternals was praised for its stunning visuals and beautifully crafted costumes, and the film certainly marked a tonal and visual shift in the MCU. And since its central heroes are relatively unknown compared to other characters in the Marvel canon, it is interesting to see a fan edit like this showcase an alternative, more comic-accurate look at Madden’s Ikaris and compare it the version in Zhao’s Eternals. If fans continue to make their opinions on seeing the original Marvel comic looks brought to life exactly on screen known, perhaps the studio will be more likely to design MCU character’s costumes in a more classic light in future.
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