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Marvel Goes Eternal

Marvel's Eternals: Everything You Need to Know

Marvel's Eternals: Everything You Need to Know

(02/26/2020)

Last year, Marvel Studios put a cap on years of storytelling with AVENGERS: ENDGAME. While that movie tied up a lot of plot threads, it also left a wide-open field for Marvel to play on well into the future. In 2020, the studio will launch two new and very different movies that will begin to explore the post-ENDGAME world. Yes, BLACK WIDOW, starring Scarlett Johansson as the assassin-turned-superhero, takes place years prior to ENDGAME, but expect it to also set up new characters we'll see in the future.

ETERNALS, starring Angelina Jolie, Selma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and Richard Madden, breaks new ground for Marvel, with a whole set of characters we've never seen before. ETERNALS could be the next GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, an out-of-the-blue phenomenon that wound up an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's everything you need to know about Marvel's ETERNALS.

The Eternals Release Date

Marvel's Eternals Release Date

ETERNALS will emerge into the MCU on November 6; it's the second Marvel Studios release of 2020, after BLACK WIDOW in May.

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 just wrapped, 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

Marvel's Eternals Cast

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As the video above shows, Angelina Jolie leads one of the most impressive casts Marvel Studios has assembled to date. She plays the fierce warrior, Thena. Also in the cast is Richard Madden as the all-powerful Eternal, Ikaris; Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo; Salma Hayek as the spiritual leader, Ajak; and Brian Tyree Henry as the inventor, Phastos. Gemma Chan also appears as Sersi; Lauren Ridloff plays Makkari; Lia McHugh appears as Sprite; Don Lee plays the powerful Gilgamesh; and Barry Keoghan is the aloof Druig. Finally, Kit Harington plays the human warrior Dane Whitman.

An Unknown Property

Marvel's Eternals Characters

The chief comparison between GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (above) and ETERNALS is that they are based on relatively unknown properties. While Iron Man might not have been a household name when the Marvel Cinematic Universe began back in 2008, he was enough of a presence elsewhere in the pop culture landscape that audiences generally know who the character was even if they weren’t intimately aware of his background and powers.

When GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opened in 2014, it was much more obscure. Now it’s weird to think of a time when the whole world didn’t know about Rocket, Groot and Star-Lord. The characters in ETERNALS are the same way, now. The comic book was created by Jack Kirby in the 1970s, and stories deal with a family of super-powerful space beings who are called on to protect humanity.

Space Is the Place

Marvel's Eternals Setting

At least part of ETERNALS is set in space, in the pocket of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been referred to as the "Cosmic MCU." It's where grand intergalactic adventures unfold. The space setting distinguished the original GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from the other more Earthbound chapters of the MCU. After THOR RAGNAROK and the last two AVENGERS entries, however, space has become a much bigger part of the overarching Marvel Studios narrative. ETERNALS is clearly the next step in bridging the terrestrial and outer space segments of the MCU.

The Eternals Story and Background

Marvel's Eternals Story

The characters in ETERNALS are beings known as Celestials. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Knowhere, a location in the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (revisited in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR) is the head of a giant Celestial. Kurt Russell’s character, Ego the Living Planet, in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2, is also a Celestial. That’s a direct connection to the Guardians that may well be explored in the new movie.

But wait, there’s more! The official synopsis from Marvel Studios reads: “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 over 7000 years —reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.” What tragedy befell the Eternals following the events of AVENGERS: ENDGAME? (Wasn’t there enough tragedy in the actual movie?) We wonder if ETERNALS has a narrative connected to the loss and return of Gamora, one of the Guardians. Remember, she was a missing piece at the very end of AVENGERS: ENDGAME. And if ETERNALS follows that record-breaking blockbuster, maybe they’re more closely linked than we imagined.



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