We are slowly beginning to learn more about what the Marvel Cinematic Universe will look like in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Marvel Studios moves forward with its Phase 4 plans – plans that include Eternities, which is scheduled for cinemas November 5, 2021.
Directed by Chloé Zhao (The rider) from a screenplay written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternal will introduce a new pantheon of mighty heroes and villains to MCU, and already has some high-profile actors connected, including Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani. Here’s everything we know about Eternal.
First look at Kro
We have known about it for some time through the launch of Eternal-related action figures that Eternal̵7;s existential enemy, the Deviants, would play a role in the upcoming film. But now we have our first look at Kro, and it seems that the MCU version of the character is much more ominous than in the series. A shapeshifter by nature, Kro’s powers look a bit like the Venom symbiote if the packaging is any indication. In addition, the package reveals that he is an “extender of a global threat.”
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The coronavirus pandemic has delayed many major movies, which has led Disney to mix up its release schedule. Eternal was originally scheduled to premiere on November 6, 2020, but was pushed to make room for Black widow, originally scheduled to be released in May. The film was then run back to February 12, 2021, the date set Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings had previously been planned to only be delayed again. Currently, Eternal is scheduled for release on November 5, 2021, more than a year after its original release date.
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When the film hits theaters, it will be the second film in Phase 4 of MCU and the 25th film in total.
More Marvel romance
In addition to presenting the first openly gay couple in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, Eternal will have even more romantic intrigue. In an interview with Vanity Fair Italy, Gemma Chan confirmed that her character, Sersi, has a romantic story with both Ikaris (Richard Madden) and Black Knight (Kit Harington).
“Specifically, it’s the story of a group of immortal aliens who arrived on Earth 7,000 years ago, so the action takes place over a very long period of time,” Chan said. “Sersi is the one who has the most affinity with people, it’s even involved in two love stories, an absolute novelty for Marvel events and one of the reasons that attracted me to this project.”
Even if it’s not one absolutely news for Marvel (see: Wanda and Vision), it seems Eternal will involve more superhuman romances than previous MCU movies.
Marvel’s first queer couple on a big screen
In an interview with Logo, Haaz Sleiman revealed that he is supposed to play the man married to Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) in Eternal, making Phastos the first queer superhero to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Marvel’s first gay character on screen appeared on television Refugees.)
Marvel President Kevin Feige has been teasing for some time that MCU would have an openly gay character in an upcoming movie. After the first reports that Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) would explore her bisexuality as she does in the series 2021s Thor: Love & Thunder, Feige later announced that MCU’s first gay hero would come in Eternal.
Now, thanks to this interview, we know that the character will be Phastos, one of the titular eternities. Sleiman explained that the film depicts what the marriage is like for the couple, who have a child together – a little more half-new ground for MCU, who shocked the audience by revealing Hawkeye’s family in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Ah, superhero training. We are not sure what kind of regime is required to get such a look, but we know we probably will not. Oscar-nominated Kumail Nanjiani (The big Ill), who plays Eternals member Kingo in the film, showed off his new shredded body on Instagram when the film goes into production. It is obvious that he takes his role as a new superhero / demigod seriously.
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I never thought I would be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for too long so here we are. You either die like a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago that I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to change what I looked like. I would not have been able to do this if I did not have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid by the largest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did it before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So many thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand real physical pain for months and months. Then, when we started shooting, a big thank you to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, agile and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to cheat on David’s meals.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for allowing me to complain and talk about just exercising and losing weight over the past year. I promise I’ll be interesting again someday. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I ended up with a very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thanks!)
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nanjiani said he approached playing Kingo by describing to him how Nanjiani did not wants him to be. “I really contacted him as the opposite of the opportunities I got and the opportunities that many other brown men traditionally get in Hollywood,” he explained. “I feel that we are this group where we can be a model minority, so the smart nerds, or vice versa, terrorists, depending on what the project is. It is the two ends of the spectrum that we occupy and very little in between. I’ve got to play a nerd, so I wanted this guy to be cool. I’ve been playing weaknesses, so I wanted this guy to be strong. Brown men have had to play terrorists, so I wanted this guy to be full of joy. So really, this character was defined for me by what I did not want him to be. ”
Nanjiani is joined by a versatile and impressive role too Eternal. Oscar winner Angelina Jolie was the first familiar face to write on. During Marvel Studios’ panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, it was revealed that Jolie will play Thena, a powerful eternal who is known for his knowledge and fighting ability and resembles the Greek goddess Athena.
Eternal will not be Jolie’s first foray into comic book movies. She played earlier in the 2008s Wanted, an adaptation of the series of the same name, and has starred in various other action-packed sci-fi and fantasy films over the years, including the Tomb Raider series (based on video games) and the 2014s Sinister. However, this will be her first live-action film based on a superhero comedian.
Richard Madden will play another main character, Ikaris, who is a central character in the film’s story and one of the most powerful Eternals. Madden is best known for playing Robb Stark on HBO Game of Thrones.
Together with Jolie, Madden and Nanjiani, Eternal will star Train to Busan actor Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Oscar nominee Frida star Salma Hayek as Ajak (the Eternals leader), The Walking Dead actress Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos and Lia McHugh (The cottage) as Sprite.
The Eternals is based on a world created by series legend Jack Kirby in 1976. The Eternals is a species of powerful immortal creatures created by Celestials – the massive creatures introduced in the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy movie – as part of the later evolutionary experiment on Earth forever. The Eternals were locked in an endless war with The Deviants, their equally powerful but destructive counterparts.
The acclaimed author Neil Gaiman co-wrote with artist John Romita Jr. a popular reboot of The eternal which was first published in 2006 and brought the characters into the modern era of Marvel Comics. In the story, one of the Eternals – Ikaris – discovers that he had erased his memory at some point and that he and his other Eternals and Deviants have lived on earth in human form for an unknown period of time, unaware of their powerful abilities and origins. He aims to “wake up” his employees Eternals and learn what happened to them.
Updated October 5, 2020: Added new photos of Kro.