What is 'mors mihi lucrum' in Marvel's Eternals? Meaning and theories explored

Olivia Olphin January 13, 2022
What is ‘mors mihi lucrum’ in Marvel’s Eternals? Meaning and theories explored

Marvel’s Eternals has just landed on Disney+ and fans are loving the new all-powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. However, some eagle eyed viewers have spotted an Easter egg in the post-credit scene that reveals a whole new potential phase of the MCU. We explore the meaning behind the phrase ‘mors mihi lucrum’ from the post-credit scene.

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

What happened in the Eternals post-credit scene?

In the final post-credit scene we saw Dane Whitman (Kit Harrington) standing by himself with a mysterious case, in what appears to be the basement of a museum.

When the case is opened he sees a sword that is wrapped in bloody bandages. All of a sudden the mood of the scene changes as it feels like he has unleashed some ancient power or presence into the MCU. The inscription on the sword reads ‘mors mihi lucrum’.

The sword seems to be incredibly powerful, literally radiating energy. However, before Whitman can touch the sword he hears a voice say to him: “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr Whitman?’. But, we cannot see who the voice belongs to!

The scene then cuts to black and teases that Eternals will return for another instalment. However, we do not know whether this is their own film or if we will see the characters in the MCU at large.

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Meaning of Marvel’s ‘mors mihi lucrum’ explained

The direct translation of the latin phrase ‘mors mihi lucrum’ from Marvel’s Eternals means ‘death is my reward’. This is inscribed onto the sword that Whitman finds in the case.

This blade is known as the Ebony Blade, and is associated with a character called the Black Knight. The words ‘death is my reward’ could link to the curse associated with the knife, but the phrase is pretty obscure and ominous.

This blade was formed by Merlin and and knight named Sir Percy out of a meteorite. It has magical powers and can protect the user from other magic attacks, as well as keeping them alive forever. However, nothing good comes without a price, and the longer the wielder has the knife, the sooner they turn into a bloodthirsty killer. The blade draws out all your worst qualities and causes a lust for violence and death.

Perhaps the phrase ‘death is my reward’ relates to the many lives that the blade has taken.

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This whole scene appears to be a big tease for Mahershala Ali entering the MCU as Blade. We hear his voice calling out to Dane during the scene. It is also a tease for Dane Whitman turning into his alter ego Black Night.

While it is not exactly clear what this means for the future of the MCU, it sure is a foreboding phrase that promises a darker turn for the franchise.

Fans go wild with new MCU theories

After watching Eternals many fans have taken to social media to share their joy about the next phase of the MCU.

Many can’t get enough of the Blade teaser in the post-credit scene.

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While others think that this means the creation of a group called the Midnight Sons which includes Black Knight, Ghost Rider, Blade and Moon Knight. They are known as a group of supernaturally-based superheroes.

We already have Oscar Isaac playing Moon Knight soon on Disney+, as well as Mahershala Ali as Blade, and now Kit Harrington as Black Knight. This just leaves an opening for Ghost Rider…has anyone seen Nicholas Cage?

Another fan thinks that Black Knight and Blade will meet another MCU character and create a whole new supernatural team.

We can’t wait to see what the MCU has in store for us next, but it’s clear that the Ebony Blade can only be an omen of more misfortune and conflict for our favourite characters.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.