The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be bringing many popular, well-known heroes back to the big screen in their slate of upcoming films, including Black Widow, Thor and Doctor Strange, but they will also be introducing audiences to whole host of new superheroes as well. This includes the Eternals.
The movie is still getting its gears turning, as Marvel Studios famously likes to play their cards close to the vest, but this is what we know about ETERNALS so far.
The Eternals Release Date
ETERNALS was officially announced as being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 slate at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, where it was revealed that it will be the second movie that the franchise releases in 2020, after Cate Shortland’s BLACK WIDOW. The blockbuster is currently on the schedule to come out on November 6, 2020.
Is There an Eternals Trailer?
Unlike BLACK WIDOW, which has been in production for a few weeks now, ETERNALS has not yet started filming, and as a result, it doesn’t have any footage to show audiences just yet. Generally, the first trailers for Marvel Studios releases come out approximately six months before their release date, so there is some time to wait.
The Eternals Director
When taking filmmakers into consideration for their various projects, the executives at Marvel Studios don’t seem to care much about blockbuster experience. Many of their best movies have been directed by individuals who have primarily made smaller movies, including James Gunn, Joe and Anthony Russo, and Ryan Coogler. Instead, what Marvel is really interested in are exciting storytellers, and that’s what led them to hire Chloé Zhao for ETERNALS. The Chinese filmmaker is still an up-and-comer, having only made two features so far in her career, but she earned great acclaim for her last film, THE RIDER, as it toured the festival circuit in 2017 and 2018.
Who Are the Eternals?
In the Marvel Comics created by Jack Kirby in the 1960s, the Eternals were revealed to be a race of super beings that have existed on Earth alongside humans for thousands of years. Their story began when godlike cosmic beings known as the Celestials visited Earth and performed experiments on proto-humanity. Every member of the Eternals possesses the ability to fly, incredible strength and speed, and energy projection (not to mention is immortal), but individuals can also channel their power into special personal skills (such as heightened senses and atom manipulation).
Who Will the Villains of the Eternals Be?
The Eternals weren’t the only result of the experiments that the Celestials performed on proto-humanity. Also birthed from these trials was mankind as we know it and a species of monsters called the Deviants. There is a marked lack of consistency in the DNA of the Deviants, resulting in every generation looking different than the last, and they generally take horrific forms. They are the sworn enemies of the Eternals and live in a city that exists beneath the oceans. They will presumably be the antagonists of the ETERNALS movie.
The Eternals Cast
While we currently don’t know who will be playing any of the Deviants, Marvel Studios announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 many of the stars who will be playing members of the titular race. This is a list that includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.
Stay tuned for more news about ETERNALS as we get closer to the film’s release.