The Eternals’ Main Romance Had a Huge Forgotten Problem

Today we take a look at how the romance between Sersi and Black Knight in the 1990s Avengers comics had a side that everyone seems to have forgotten about.

It’s about “How can I explain?”, which is a feature highlighting inexplicable comic book plots.

The Eternals movie romance between Sersi and Dane Whitman was based on a notable Avengers romance between those two, but it’s funny that a significant part of the story was overlooked at the time.

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BLACK KNIGHT AND SERSI HAD A SOUL BOND THAT LAST INTO A WHOLE DIFFERENT DIMENSION

One of the central storylines of Bob Harras, Steve Epting, and Tom Palmer’s run on Avengers revolved around the love triangle (rectangle?) between Black Knight, Crystal, and Sersi (as well as Crystal’s estranged husband, Quicksilver). Crystal joined the Avengers during a move away from Quicksilver. Black Knight longed for her, but was suspicious as she was still married. Sersi, meanwhile, longed for Black Knight and pushed it overall “you and I are actually single, unlike Crystal.” Crystal, meanwhile, was also drawn to Black Knight. It was a whole.


It all got a lot more complicated, however, when Sersi formed a Uni-Mind with an alien race and after that her mind seemed a little off kilter. Her fellow Eternals determine that she suffers from a deteriorating mental illness known as Mahd Wy’ry. The tradition among the Eternals is to simply kill any Eternal who suffers from this affliction, but instead they agree to simply form a soul bond between Sersi and Black Knight, hoping that this way her spirit can calm her down.

The problem with this, as we see in avengers #361 (by Harras, Epting and Palmer) is that they only asked ERSI if this was what it wanted before doing it. They never settled it with Black Knight and boy, he ain’t happy…



He visits Crystal and lets her know that while her soul may be related to Sersi, he does not love her. He loves Crystal and he can tell that over the last year or so she has also become attracted to him, and they kiss…


While Sersi watches. Awwwwwwwwwkward.

However, what no one knew at the time was that an alternate reality villain, Proctor, who had played with the Avengers, had been in a Gann Josin bond with the Sersi of HIS world, so that was him who made her seem mentally unstable, as he accused her of crimes, then played her head. It turned out that he was also his reality’s version of the Dark Knight. During this time, he was killing people and accusing him of it. He goes from reality to reality punishing any Sersis he finds.


In avengers #375 (by Harras, Epting, and Palmer), Sersi eventually killed Proctor, but the work he had done to disrupt her mind had been enough, and she was quickly falling apart. By this time, Crystal had reunited with Quicksilver and Black Knight longed to be noble, so when Sersi was given the opportunity to leave this reality to deal with her mental issues, Black Knight insisted on going with her, as he felt guilty that a version of himself had caused this. So they left together in another dimension…


The couple found themselves in the Ultraverse, a superhero universe created by Malibu Comics, which Marvel had just purchased. Sersi then returned to the Marvel Universe while Black Knight remained in the Ultraverse. It lasted for about a year before Black Knight returned and their connection with Gann Josin resumed and the pair went through time together as seen in Dark Knight: Exodus #1 (by Ben Raab, Jimmy Cheung and Andy Lanning)…



At the end of this story, Sersi brought the couple back to the present.

We saw Black Knight end up in New York, separated from Sersi, in Heroes for Hire #2 (by John Ostrander, Pascual Ferry and Jaime Mendoza). In the fourth issue of this series (same creative team), we learned that when they returned to the present, the Gann Josin bond was severed. Sersi, however, shows up at the end of the issue seeking Dane’s help. The Dark Knight explained the lost connection again in the next issue (which was good, since it was one page instead of two like in issue 4)…


Sersi had returned and got caught up in a plot by the Eternals and the Heroes for Hire were helping to save the day and once things were settled, in Heroes for Hire #7 (by Ostrander, Ferry and Mendoza), Black Knight and Sersi part ways for good…



Fair enough, right? However, here’s the thing – the bond had been severed before they left the Marvel Universe!!

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BUT WAIT… DID BLACK KNIGHT AND SERSI REALLY SOUL LINK DURING ALL OF THIS?

You see, in avengers #373 (by Harras, Epting, and Palmer), Sersi was apparently exposed to the Avengers as a psychotic murderer. Black Knight tries to reason with her, but their soul bond allows him to play with her head in a painful way…


Crystal confronts them and tries to get Black Knight out and suddenly he seems to be getting away with it a bit!


This freaks Sersi out and she thinks to herself, heck, they all think she’s a murderer anyway, so why not prove them right? So she goes to assassinate Crystal and Black Knight outright frees himself from the soul destined to stop her…


She is shocked by Black Knight breaking the soul link and she just goes crazy and creates a tidal wave…


Luckily the other Eternals show up in the next issue to save everyone and stop the tidal wave and the Eternals are all shocked that Black Knight broke the soul link…


So when he goes with her in the next issue it’s without any soul ties and so all the comics that followed that still had them soul tie was clearly just a case of someone one who was not paying attention along the way. Pretty funny, really. I mean, sure, you can wave it in your hand and say the soul link, like, has recovered, but that definitely hasn’t been shown in the comics.

Thanks to Alex Jamieson for reporting this plot to me last year on Twitter! I couldn’t find the reference since I was looking on Facebook and my email and of course it was on Twitter! Thank you very much Alex! If anyone else can think of a good unexplainable comic book plot, email me at [email protected]!

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