The first Eternals trailer has been released, and the internet's attention was snagged by a reference to Captain Rogers. That wasn't the only Captain America tease in the trailer, though, and the link might even confirm the movie's timeline.
At one point, Angelina Jolie's Thena can be seen fighting some goons, and one of her opponents is holding a very distinctive shield. It's a brief moment and the object itself is quite dark, so easy to miss, but the screenshot below shows the familiar stars and stripes pattern of the Captain America shield. (H/T Comic Book)
Here’s a better look at the Captain America style shield in the Eternals! #eternals#marvel pic.twitter.com/uTWSmxtpwxMay 24, 2021
It's unclear why Thena would be fighting someone with a faux-Cap shield. It could just be a quick Easter egg, or it could be a hint that the Eternals at one point prepared to take on the Avengers. Considering the trailer reveals they've never chosen to interfere in human history before the events of the movie, though, that seems unlikely.
The Captain Rogers mention might also give us a better idea of the movie's timeline. In the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers handed his shield over to Sam Wilson – who finally embraced the Captain America mantle in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale. In the new trailer, Lia McHugh's Sprite says Captain Rogers is gone, so it seems this part of Eternals will be set sometime after the events of Falcon and the Winter Soldier – after Sam becomes the new Captain America (although John Walker also took the name in the series, it didn't last for very long).
Captain America -> Captain Rogers(Because Sam is Captain America now!)Great detail!May 24, 2021