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"In the beginning... ...before the six singularities and the dawn of creation, came the Celestials. Arishem, the Prime Celestial, created the first Sun and brought light into the universe."

The Big Bang was the event that led to the creation of the universe thirteen billion years ago. It was initiated by Arishem the Judge, who was later credited with bringing light to the universe, ending the Ginnungagap. It is also credited as the dawn of the Nine Realms, and is associated with the creation of the Infinity Stones.


The Cosmic Entities

"The Nine Realms are not eternal. They had a dawn as they will have a dusk. But before that dawn the dark forces, the Dark Elves, reigned absolute and unchallenged."
Odin to Thor and Jane Foster[src]

Prior to the Big Bang, the ruling plane of existence was the Ginnungagap ("yawning abyss"), where according to Asgardian lore, the Dark Elves ruled with Malekith as their leader.[1]

Beings which predated the Big Bang were the Celestials, entities with vast matter and energy manipulation abilities, who are credited as the oldest race in the universe,[2] alongside the Cosmic Entities (Death, Eternity, Infinity and Entropy), a race of primordial beings that have since existed as myths to other species in the universe. They created six singularities, which controlled different aspects of existence (Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time and Soul).[3]

Big Bang

"At the dawn of the universe, there was nothing, then boom! The Big Bang sent six elemental crystals hurtling across the virgin universe. These Infinity Stones each control an essential aspect of existence."
"Space, Reality, Power, Soul, Mind, and Time."
Wong and Doctor Strange[src]

Celestials creating planets and galaxies

The Big Bang began as a massive ball of energy at a single point, containing elements of antimatter and dark matter, which was accumulated in the palm of Arishem the Judge. Due to the imperfections of the scale of energy, anomalies in the fabric of space collected matter, and ultimately generated enough gravitational pull to stretch out and expand this energy, effectively birthing the universe.[4]

The Infinity Stones come into existence

With the universe's creation, the Celestials birthed an undefined number of galaxies teeming with life, and also introduced light, effectively dissipating the Ginnungagap and it’s vast, primordial darkness.[1][2] Instantaneously, the Big Bang formed concentrated ingots out of the six pre-existing singularities created by the Cosmic Entities, which would become the Infinity Stones.[3][5]


The Cycle of Life

The First Dark Elf Conflict

"Our universe is a constant exchange of energy. An infinite cycle of creation and destruction. Celestials use energy gathered from host planets to create suns, generating gravity, heat and light, for new galaxies to form. Without us, our universe will fall into darkness."
Arishem the Judge[src]

The creation of the universe led the Celestials to pursue a new agenda; creating more galaxies within the universe to nurture the prospering of life across it, to avert the universe's fall back into darkness. The Dark Elves, who were able to pass on to the newborn universe, spent billions of years failing to return the universe to this state, and their attempts were cancelled once and for all during the Second Dark Elf Conflict in 2013, which resulted in the extermination of most of their species.[1]

Jemiah the Analyzer creating more galaxies

Ultimately, the Celestials decided that in order to continue creating more galaxies, they needed to birth more Celestials in Emergences every one billion years. This cycle remained uninterrupted until the most recent cycle on Earth during the Common Era in 2023, where the Eternals managed to avert the birth of Tiamut the Communicator. On Earth, the Big Bang remains the prevailing cosmological theory of the universe's creation.[2]

The Infinity Stones

"Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots... Infinity Stones."

CMBR, a form of relic radiation originating from the Big Bang was traced to the six Infinity Stones. In particular, when the Mind Stone triggered Wanda Maximoff’s latent mystical abilities to harness Chaos Magic as the Scarlet Witch, the radiation was ever-present, which was noted by S.W.O.R.D. during their investigation on the Westview Anomaly.[6]

The Stones were heavily sought out by civilizations and armies across the history of the universe, until Thanos, the only wielder of all six stones destroyed them on Planet 0259-S after eliminating half of all life at the end of the Infinity War.[5][7]

Behind the Scenes

  • The Big Bang sequence in Eternals took nearly a full year to craft. Chloé Zhao brought in references such as Carl Sagan and a lot of documentaries for the team.[4]
  • According to Eternals VFX supervisor Jelmer Boskma, the Big Bang sequence required an enormous amount of effects. It was split into three parts for different compositors to work on and they were stitched together to make one seamless shot. The VFX team applied footage from NASA in the sequence.[8]


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