The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a wide variety of characters killed off over the years, with some making a comeback and others not so much. While some were hoping for one particular Eternals character to return, it looks like they most certainly have been killed off for good. Specifically speaking, fans have been eager to know if Richard Madden’s Ikaris could return after he was killed at the end of the popular MCU film.
Unfortunately for those hoping, writer Kaz Firpo has confirmed that the character Ikaris will not return in any future Eternals project or anywhere else.
As noted in their interview with CBR:
“What is the melting point of an Eternal? How long does it take to literally melt an Eternal robot?” Firpo joked. “For what it’s worth… yeah, it was always that. He can’t bear to face his family after what he’s done, which he realizes.”
He then went into further detail:
“I don’t think that Ikarus even thinks that he’s wrong. I think that he just has so much regret. He’s very sorry. I think he’s sorry for the way he lived his whole life on this planet, and that’s a lot of burden to carry,” he explained. “So really, that act is basically saying, ‘I made a mistake, but I can’t face my family, and I can’t go on living.'”
“It began as an exile that I think, throughout the course of the filmmaking, really became something that needed to be definitive,” he added. “It really is a moment of saying, ‘It’s sacrifice.’ It’s sort of saying, ‘I can’t serve the Eternals. If I can’t serve the Celestials, and I can’t be with my family, then I choose this third option,’ which — for him — really is oblivion. So yeah, he dead.”
It seems that Ikaris is one character from Eternals that won’t be making a return. But considering his arc in the film, it makes sense that he’s now considered dead for good.