MCU Theory: Thor's Age of Ultron Vision Foretold the Eternals' Movie Threat – CBR – Comic Book Resources

A brief scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron may have alluded to a future shown in the Eternals. But does this theory hold water, or is it a coincidence?
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a film that sets up years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whether or not it was intentional. Some of the more obvious connections are the mention of Wakanda and the introduction of Ulysses Klaue. Another is the Avengers being introduced to the Infinity Stones and the warning of a more significant threat on the way. But another connection may even tie the film to the upcoming Eternals in a colossal way.
According to Reddit user Marvel272, the connection comes from the admittedly peculiar scene where Thor interacts with the water spirits in the Water of Sight. By entering the water, he is able to revisit the same dream that Wanda Maximoff gave him earlier in the film. Once there, he is subjected to visions that include Ragnarok, the Infinity Gauntlet and a large mass colliding with Earth as Ultron utters, “Extinction.”
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As a vision of the future, it sets up the next four years of films that ultimately cap off the Infinity Saga. However, the vision in question is the large mass colliding with Earth. Not only has this never happened in the MCU, but it also seems to call back to the Eternals trailer, when Ajak (Salma Hayek) tells Ikaris (Richard Madden) about the forthcoming Emergence. The Emergence isn’t elaborated on but the trailer shows that it will have cataclysmic repercussions. For now, it’s unclear whether or not this event may entail the Deviants or their own creators, the Celestials.
More to the point, a similar shot to Age of Ultron is also shown in the Eternals trailer. It sees a large mass entering the ocean from space and creating a whirlpool. Interestingly, Thor mentions a similar whirlpool that sucks up all life when discussing Vision and the Mind Stone. Another coincidence is how this event could lead to mass extinction, similar to what Ultron said as Thor witnessed the impact on Earth. There’s a huge collection of evidence that could prove there’s a connection. But when put into context, there’s still a possibility that this connection doesn’t hold much water.
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Throughout Age of Ultron, the rogue AI’s main goal is to eliminate the Avengers and by extension, humanity. Because his directive is to achieve peace, he believes that the only way to do that is to leave nothing alive. His plan focuses on lifting the country of Sokovia high into the atmosphere and dropping it back down to Earth to simulate an extinction-level event. While the Avengers put a stop to this, it still lines up with Thor’s vision of the future. However, unlike every other vision of the future, this is the only one that didn’t come true. Whether or not that is because it hasn’t happened yet remains to be seen.
It has never been confirmed that Joss Whedon and the heads at Marvel Studios were formulating a storyline so far into the future of the franchise. Even so, certain past events are easy to tie together to create a cohesive story. This is best exemplified with the return of the Abomination in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Other theorists also believe that the shots could’ve been reused to save money on special effects. However, the shots used in the trailer never appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Nevertheless, the theory is creative and may become more than that once Eternals hits theaters later this year.
To see if Thor’s vision foreshadowed the story, Eternals arrives in theaters on Nov. 5.
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CBR Features Writer Nick Brooks has been writing for over ten years about all things pop culture. He has written for other sites like and When not writing you can find him with his lovely girlfriend, cooking, reading comics, or collecting any new Star Wars Black Series, Marvel Legend, or Transformer. For more of his thoughts on pop culture check out his blog, The Next Panel with Comic Brooks.