Marvel's Eternals: Everything You Need to Know
The next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with BLACK WIDOW and continues with \ETERNALS, a space epic that will introduce new characters, worlds, and an all-star cast to the blockbuster superhero franchise. Directed by Chloe Zhao (THE RIDER), ETERNALS is still a mysterious new property — even for major fans and especially for those who are unfamiliar with the Marvel comics that inspired it.
Since Marvel has yet to release a teaser trailer for the film, there’s a lot we don’t know about the movie. Below, we’ll take a closer look at what we do know so far, including who’s who in this exciting new world.
The Eternals Release Date
ETERNALS will emerge into the MCU on February 12, 2021
Is There an Eternals Trailer?
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So far, there's no trailer for ETERNALS — Marvel has not even shown off any footage as yet! Principal photography wrapped not long ago, so it might be a few more months before we see any significant footage.
In the video above, however, you can get a look at the cast and see the earliest images of the ETERNALS characters in costume, with interviews and images from the 2019 D23 panel featuring Marvel's upcoming movies.
The Eternals Cast
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As the video above shows, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek lead one of the most impressive casts Marvel Studios has assembled to date.
Leading the Eternals in their valiant battle against the Deviants is Ajak, played by Salma Hayek. She’s joined by Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie as Thena; "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden as the cosmic-powered Ikaris; and DUNKIRK’s Barry Keoghan as his cousin Druig. THE BIG SICK’s Kumail Nanjiani plays samurai superstar and master swordsman Kingo, while Brian Tyree Henry of "Atlanta" is weapons expert Phastos. Lauren Ridloff from "The Walking Dead" plays the super-fast Makkari, a character who was originally written as a man. Ridloff, the former Miss Deaf America, will play the first deaf superhero in the MCU.
And Gemma Chan, who previously played a different role entirely in CAPTAIN MARVEL, will play the Eternal known as Sersi. ETERNALS is also giving "Game of Thrones" fans a very cool reunion, with Kit Harrington playing the sword-wielding superhero Dane Whitman. Also on deck for the Eternals team: Lia McHugh from horror movie THE LODGE as Sprite and TRAIN TO BUSAN breakout Don Lee as Gilgamesh, aka "The Forgotten One."
Who – or What – Are The Eternals?
The Eternals were created by the legendary Jack Kirby, and first published by Marvel Comics in 1976. The shortest version of the story goes something like this: A powerful alien race known as the Celestials have contributed to the evolution of various sentient life forms, including humans. The Celestials are also responsible for two other races, which evolved out of human life: The Eternals, created to defend life on Earth, and the Deviants – their evil counterparts. We haven’t really seen any of these races in Marvel movies before, except for the Celestials, which appeared as sparkling golden aliens in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.
A Whole New World
ETERNALS isn’t the first movie in Marvel's Phase Four – that would be BLACK WIDOW – but it is the beginning of a new chapter in the superhero universe. Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Marvel’s latest space epic introduces a whole ensemble of new heroes and villains played by an incredible cast of stars.
ETERNALS won’t be too much like GUARDIANS from a story perspective, however; it’s more like Marvel’s version of Greek mythology. And while Marvel hasn’t released any images or footage so far, we do know the basic plot: The film spans 7,000 years (!) and centers on the Eternals as they battle the Deviants to protect the people of Earth, who don’t even know the Eternals exist. That raises some interesting questions, like where were the Eternals during the whole war with Thanos?
That might seem like we actually know quite a bit about ETERNALS, but Marvel hasn’t revealed who’s playing the film’s villains, the Deviants. Is it a surprise? Will one or more of the Eternals be revealed as a Deviant in disguise? With months to go before the movie's release, we’re anxious to learn a lot more about ETERNALS and what Marvel has in store.
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