Marvel’s next big superhero group movie is called ‘The Eternals’. It is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name.
The film is directed by Chloé Zhao and written by Kaz and Ryan Firpo.
Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
It stars an ensemble cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harington.
The film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which the Eternals, who have hidden themselves for thousands of years, must re-unite to protect Earth from their enemies, the Deviants.
But, what can we expect from this film? Here’s everything we know about it so far.
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The cast and who they’re playing.
From Richard Madden to Angelina Jolie, keep reading to meet the cast and see who they will be playing next fall.
Richard Madden is playing Ikaris, one of the leaders of the Eternals.
When Ikaris is first introduced in the comics, he’s undercover as a human on Earth named Ike Harris. Ikaris has the ability to fly and levitate others. He can also shoot beams of cosmic energy from his eyes and teleport if he chooses to do so.
Marvel Studios describes the character as “all powerful.”
Salma Hayek is playing a gender-swapped version of Ajak.
Ajak was first introduced as a man by Kirby in the second issue of “The Eternals.” The character was worshipped by the Incans as Tecumotzin and was buried deep in an Incan tomb to sleep until awoken by Ikaris. The Eternal also fought in the Trojan War.
Hayek shared her excitement for the gender-swapped role on Instagram.
“I’m so excited to join the Marvel family as Ajak, the mother of all Eternals. It used to be the father of all Eternals, but girls … this is OUR time !!!!” Hayek wrote.
Angelina Jolie is playing the role of the warrior Thena.
Thena was born in Olympia and is the daughter of Zuras (not to be mistaken with Zeus).
Thena can also fly, has super strength, and super speed.
Don Lee is cast as Gilgamesh, an Eternal who goes by a lot of names.
In the comics, Gilgamesh is first introduced as the Forgotten One, an Eternal which was exiled from his kind by Zuras because he spent too much time around humans.
Because of that, the character became known by several legendary aliases, including Hercules, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh. He eventually joined the Avengers in the comics.
Lauren Ridloff is playing a gender-flipped version of Makkari.
Makkari is a speedster who’s described as impatient. Makkari has a vibrant red suit and mask in the comics and was also known as Mercury.
Kumail Nanjiani (“Stuber”) is playing Kingo, who spent years studying Samurai in Japan.
Kingo is supposed to be one of the most skilled swordsmen on Earth. He spent so much time training with Samurai that he transitioned into becoming a famous Japanese action star.
Lia McHugh is playing a gender-swapped version of Sprite who looks young, but is actually thousands of years old.
In the comics, Sprite is a young boy who is able to change his appearance. Despite looking like a young teen, the Eternal is pretty old.
He just can’t age. Because of that, the young-looking Eternal likes to play tricks, often at the expense of his own kind.
Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) is playing Phastos.
Unlike the other Eternals, Phastos was introduced later in the comics in 1985. He still has similar powers to the rest. He’s fast, strong, and can fly. Phastos is also an engineer and inventor and made Kingo’s sword.
Gemma Chan plays the witch, Sersi, who adores humans.
Sersi is an Eternal who willingly lives among humans in New York City. In the comics, she becomes a member of the Avengers. It was originally thought that Angelina Jolie would play the role.
Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, a non-eternal, who becomes a hero known as Black Knight.
Richard Madden won’t be the only “GoT” star entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Harington’s Whitman is a physicist who took over the mantle of the Black Knight from his uncle.
What he didn’t know was that the Black Knight was known as a supervillain. Whitman may not be super-powered like the Eternals, but he is quite skilled with a sword.
Barry Keoghan (“Dunkirk”) will play Druig.
Druig was a member of the KGB and Ikaris’ cousin. Marvel Studios describes the character as an “aloof loner.” Like other Eternals, he can fly, teleport, and manipulate atoms.
Those aren’t the only Eternals. These are a few noteworthy Eternals who weren’t announced at Comic-Con that we’re expecting to see in the movie.
There are well over 30 of them since the group’s introduction in the comic. Among the ones that were not announced at Comic-Con were Zuras (Thena’s father) and Domo, an immortal Eternal who answered to Zuras.
‘The Eternals’ Premise
After an unexpected tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Eternals—an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years—reunite to protect humanity from their most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
Trailer of ‘The Eternals’
Trailer is not available yet. The Eternals is in the pre-production stage, which means we won’t be seeing film footage for quite some time.
Marvel will likely release teasers before a full-length trailer—we’ll be sure to let you know when they pop up.
‘The Eternals’ Release date
The Eternals is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 5, 2021.
It was previously scheduled to be released on November 6, 2020 and February 12, 2021, then it was shifted to the November 2021 date, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.
The Eternals is coming out in theaters on November 5, 2021, more than a year after its original release date. When the film does hit theaters, it will be the second movie in Phase 4 of the MCU and the 25th film overall.
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