The 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals, is upon us, and to get fans ready, Marvel Studios has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette titled “Visionary.”
Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is out with a bang. First, Black Widow debuted on Disney+, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in theaters. Now we’re looking forward to Eternals, a movie set to shake up the MCU as we know it.
Eternals are unique to the MCU for many reasons, but one of the most exciting is being directed by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao (Nomadland). Then there’s the sheer size of the star-studded cast and the mythology the film will tap into.
With its memorable one-word title, Eternals is a movie in the mind of any Marvel fan. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming film.
Eternals release date: when will Eternals be released in theaters?
When it was first announced, Marvel’s Eternals was set to hit theaters on November 6, 2020, making it the second film in Phase 4. But given the massive delays, Marvel’s Eternals was pushed back to November 5, 2021.
The film will be shown in cinemas. However, given the success of Shang-Chi and Disney’s apparent pullback from the day and date releases, Eternals is unlikely to appear on Disney+ long after its likely exclusive cinematic run.
Eternals cast: who will be in Eternals?
The cast itself is full of stars that we can finally pour ourselves over thanks to the trailers; it’s a cast packed with big names.
Angelina Jolie plays Thena, an eternal warrior who can form any weapon from cosmic energy. Jolie was one of the first actors we saw in costume in some of the leaked set photos, but we now have an official image thanks to the footage mentioned above.
Bodyguard and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden play Ikaris, with Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, who uses his powers to become a famous actor. Salma Hayek (with a western rodeo look in the promo footage) plays Ajak, with Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) as Makkari.
Brian Tyree Henry plays Phaistos, Lia McHugh is Sprite, and Don Lee is Gilgamesh – an eternal Thena has a close bond in the comics. Barry Keoghan plays Druig, and Kit Harington, also known from Game of Thrones, plays Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight.
According to Feige, if he had to pick one, the star in the massive list of characters is Gemma Chan’s (Crazy Rich Asians, Captain Marvel) Sersi.
Eternals plot: what are Eternals about?
The official synopsis reads: “Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have lived secretly on Earth for thousands of years. After the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against humanity’s oldest enemy, the Deviants.”
Eternals will feature a prominent LGBTQ+ relationship for the first time, and we got our first look at their family in a recently released “TV” spot above. We only know as much as we can get from the various trailers and teasers, but Eternals looks promisingly epic in scope.
Review from Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ reviewers: ‘Beautiful yet compact.’
Marvel’s “Eternals” was officially released for movie critics to share and share their two cents as the movie received mixed reviews. Directed by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), “Eternals” marks the 26th film in the MCU and the third film in Phase Four.
The film stars a diverse cast that includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
The official synopsis reads: “The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have lived secretly on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to fight the evil Deviants.”
The film shifts the focus from more famous Marvel superheroes like the ‘Avengers’ and introduces a new enigmatic team based on Jack Kirby’s characters. Described as an immortal alien race created by the Celestials, ‘The Eternals’ have lived on Earth for 7,000 years without revealing their true identities.
Eternals gay character explained.
The Eternals will feature the MCU’s first-ever openly LGBT+ superhero, with news in February 2020 that the film will feature a kiss between two men.
In an interview with NewNowNext, actor Haaz Sleiman confirmed that his character would marry Eternals member Phaistos (played by Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry) and that they would be raising a child.
Meanwhile, co-star Salma Hayek – who plays Eternals leader Ajak – had revealed that she initially had meager expectations when she learned Marvel wanted to meet. Still, the studio piqued her interest by hiring Zhao as a director.
“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me, it is essential to show how loving and beautiful a gay family can be,” he said.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, producer Kevin Feige added: “He’s married, he has a family, and [his sexuality] is only part of who he is.”
The MCU’s first openly gay character appeared in Avengers: Endgame, played by co-director Joe Russo in an early scene with a support group, but some disagreed with the cameo’s volatile nature.