A new team of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to the big screen.
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of February 5, 2021.
If you've been going through withdrawal symptoms from the last time you saw an explosive cast of superheroes in Avengers: Endgame, here's something super exciting to look forward to. According to the Marvel website, a new band of superheroes is coming out of hiding. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these ancient aliens have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. After what happened in Avengers: Endgame, a tragedy is bringing them out of the woodwork and into the limelight to reunite and fight against an ancient enemy: the Deviants.
The ensemble cast includes huge stars like Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Richard Madden (Bodyguard), and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), among others. The film will be directed by Chloe Zhao, who has worked on critically acclaimed dramas The Rider and Nomadland.
The superhero film was initially scheduled to release on 6th November 2020. According to Radio Times, now the film will be pushed to a release date of 5th November 2021. Gemma Chan confirmed on social media that filming was completed in February 2020 before the pandemic.
The Eternals' story goes way back to 1976, when they made their comic book debut. The Eternals introduces a race of super-powered aliens to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who made their comic book debut in 1976. It was Powerful Celestials (if the name sounds familiar, that's because they were talked about in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies) who created the Eternals.
They also created a rival race named The Deviants. The Eternals will reunite and come out of hiding to fight against their monstrous mutating rivals. With great superheroes comes great supernatural abilities. The superheroes are potentially capable of incredible feats as flight, super-strength, and durability.
Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie will star as the ultra-powerful warrior Thena. The mother-of-six told PEOPLE, she's excited to be part of the franchise. “What’s really moving to me is that they want to see me strong, and so it’s less to see me in a film, but they’re just happy I will be strong and having fun,” Jolie, 45, said of her kids. The Eternals will also star Salma Hayek and former Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. The Bodyguard star has been confirmed as Ikaris, known for his many superhuman powers (including strength, flight, a healing factor, psychic powers, durability, and manipulating cosmic energy).
The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani will take on the role of master swordsman Kingo Sunen. Kit Harington who played fan-favorite Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, will also feature in Eternals as superhero Black Knight. Madden, his former co-star, said he was excited to work with Kit again. "It’s brilliant,” Madden told EW. “It’s been about 10 years since we’ve worked together, I think. So we’ve moved on a bit onto different things, so I’m really excited to get back on set.” We can't wait!