In the second half of 2021, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will return with Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and — drumroll, please — Eternals. Due to the epidemic, the release of this alien superteam movie was put back a year, but the first Eternals trailer dropped on May 24 and revealed that they’ve been on Earth for a very long time.
The film is directed by Chloé Zhao, who just won two Academy Awards for her film Nomadland, and written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, cousins. Eternals will be released on November 5th.
Who are Marvel’s Eternals, exactly?
They’ll be the MCU’s next supergroup to join. Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, and super-buff Wolverine cosplayer Kumail Nanjiani are among the outstanding cast members recruited by Marvel Studios to round out the crew.
The Eternals are “ancient aliens that have been residing on Earth in secret for thousands of years,” according to the official narrative.
It states, “Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy pulls them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient nemesis, The Deviants,” according to the description.
The first poster for the film was also released on May 24, and it gives off some strong sci-fi vibes.
Who are these all-new Marvel characters being played by?
Thena, played by Angelina Jolie, is a “fierce warrior.”
Ikaris, played by Richard Madden, is described as “all-powerful.”
Dane Whitman is played by Kit Harington (who is human).
Druig is played by Barry Keoghan as a “aloof loner.”
Sersi, played by Gemma Chan, is a “humankind-loving” character.
Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, a “cosmic-powered” character.
Salma Hayek as Ajak, the “intelligent and spiritual leader.”
Makkari is played by Lauren Ridloff, who is described as “super-fast.”
Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry, is a “intelligent inventor.”
Sprite Lia McHugh, “eternally young, old-soul”
Gilgamesh is played by Don Lee, who is described as “powerful.”
The character descriptions are taken from Marvel’s official summary; poor Dane Whitman appears to be too boring for any enthusiasm. In the comics, he transforms into the sword-wielding hero Black Knight, so perhaps the firm is just keeping quiet.
The film will reunite Harington and Madden, who starred in Game of Thrones as Jon Snow and Robb Stark, respectively.
“It never occurred to me to act in a Marvel film. I guess I assumed that boat had sailed, and it came as a complete surprise “Salma Hayek remarked in a Variety interview in May 2021. She also revealed to the paper that she was one of the first people to be cast in the film.
Sersi is a different character from Gemma Chan, who previously appeared in the MCU as Captain Marvel’s Minn-Erva. Eternals was a totally different experience for her than Captain Marvel, which involved more studio work and blue screen. As previously reported by IDMbrief, Eternals was shot on location in the Canary Islands and England, with genuine locations and primarily natural lighting.
In December 2019, Nanjiani used some super-buff Instagram photos to show off the rewards of his training — and the rigorous regimen required to keep it — as swordsman Kingo. (He famously posed as Wolverine (replacing Hugh Jackman) and other legendary movie characters for a Men’s Health photoshoot in March 2020.)
In his initial Instagram caption, he added, “I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a complete year with the greatest trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world.” “I’m glad I look this way now, but I can see why I never did before. Without these resources and time, it would have been impossible.”
Eternals will feature two important MCU firsts: Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs Kong) will play Phastos, the MCU’s first openly gay superhero. Lauren Ridloff, who played Connie in The Walking Dead, will be the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, her character, Makkari, is a man.
But, you might wonder, what exactly is an Eternal? Thanos is one you’ve already met. In Avengers: Infinity War, the giant, purple mass murderer grabbed centre stage, and in Avengers: Endgame, he battled a slew of heroes. The cause for the Eternals rejoining in the MCU appears to be his momentary success in ending overpopulation by wiping out half of the galaxy.
This film, like Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy, concentrates on Marvel’s intergalactic superheroes.
What is the history of the Eternals in Marvel Comics?
Despite the fact that Thanos is the only Eternal we’ve seen on TV, Eternals have a comic history dating back to 1976. They were formed six years after Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, developed the very identical New Gods for DC.
They’re an evolutionary offshoot of humans who live on Earth and have better powers and longer lifespans, according to the comics. They were formed by the Celestials, a group of extraterrestrial gods, to protect Earth. The current series, written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Esad Ribi, began in January 2021.
In the Guardians of the Galaxy films, we’ve already met a few Celestials, most notably the space station Knowhere (which is actually a Celestial’s severed head) and Peter Quill’s father, Ego (who took on a human appearance) in the second film.
On April 8, 2019, at 4:54 p.m. PT, this article was first published.