Why is Sprite a child in Eternals?

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In Eternals, this doesn't make sense to me because it just seems weird why Sprite is the only 'child' and she's talking about how she's in love with Ikaris.

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Sprite is not a "child" as such, she's millions of years old and merely has the appearance of a child.

She's known Ikaris for thousands of years and despite her physical form there is no particular reason should should not have feelings for him.

We are not told why this is the case within the movie although it's possible that this has been done (out of universe) to emphasise her difficulties in fitting in with human society and highlight her "sacrifice" in giving up her immortality to be human.

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Why was Sprite made a child?

Using the Uni-Mind powered by the Dreaming Celestial, Sprite uses his powers to warp reality to his will, making himself a normal human male child, so that he can finally age and experience the vices of the world, including mating.

Why is Sprite a girl in Eternals?

After the mass suicidal event that led to the Eternals' demise, they were all reborn due to their immortal nature. Sprite was resurrected as a female and, due to her crimes, she was imprisoned in the Exclusion, having been restored to her last safe backup.

Is Sprite a child Eternals?

In the comics, Sprite is also the youngest-looking Eternal and he's actually a boy (she and Ajak are the only characters who were gender-swapped in the MCU's Eternals), but there's no exact reason why he was made to look like a teen, but when looking at their powers, it makes sense why the writers give them that ...

Does Sprite become human in Eternals?

When Ikaris betrayed the group, Sprite, motivated by her love, took his side, and fought against Sersi to stop her from preventing the Emergence. She failed, and the Emergence was prevented. After the battle and Ikaris' death, Sersi agreed to transform Sprite into a human, so she could live the life she always wanted.

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Just gonna lift this verbatim from the source, since there's no way to really reword it better:


Played by Lia McHugh, Sprite was designed by the maker of the Eternals – the Celestials – to look approximately 11 or 12 years old.

Even in Marvel Comics, Sprite is the youngest looking Eternal out of the group of heroes – even though Sprite is depicted as a male character in the source material.

All of the Eternals were created at the same time and made immortal, meaning they all carry the same age and never grow older.

There is no definitive reason given in the comics as to why Sprite was made to look younger than the rest, but this decision does impact the character’s emotional drive.

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