This morning Marvel Studios has unleashed the first teaser trailer for their next budding franchise, Eternals. The newest film in Phase 4 is going focus on a group of cosmic beings created by comic book powerhouse creative and artist Jack Kirby, who are tasked by the Celestials to protect Earth from The Deviants and are endowed with god-like superpowers/longevity.
The first footage was teased not too long ago but with the teaser we finally have a better sense of the world created by director/co-writer Chloe Zhao, who recently won Best Picture and Best Director for the movie Nomadland. It’s use of a exterior locations and practical sets seems to be something fresh but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the foes, The Deviants it seems.
Eternals originally was supposed to be released in November of last year but was bumped to November 5, 2021 due to the pandemic and multiple other MCU films shifting their spots on the Disney schedule.
You can watch the new footage below.
The cast of Eternals consists of Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman aka Black Knight, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Kumail Nanjani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Jashaun St. John in an undisclosed role.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has stated previously that Chan’s Sersi is the film’s lead which makes sense as there has been talk of a love triangle between her, Madden’s Ikaris and Harington’s Dane Whtiman aka Black Knight.
Despite being protectors of Earth it seems odd that they would have only now revealed themselves given past events like the Battle for New York and Thanos. Interestingly enough, Thanos’ father and brother happen to Eternals from the planet Titan and could have ties to the new superhero team or at least have their connections explored at some point. The film could also help introduce other Marvel elements such as the sinking of Namor’s Atlantis via The Great Cataclysm and having the Celestials behind the mutant gene being added to early humans that will later lead to the X-Men/Mutants.
Zeus and The Olympians are also going to be introduced in Thor: Love & Thunder, according to Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, revealing he’ll be playing Zeus in the film as production is still taking place in Australia. The Olympians and Eternals have had conflict in the comics and we could see the two MCU cosmic teams go head-to-head in sequels.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the studio has already spoken with Zhao about overseeing multiple films and securing her involvement as the filmmaker originally pitched the project to them after losing out on the Black Widow directing gig to Cate Shortland. Zhao could end up being the next James Gunn for the new Marvel franchise.
Marvel also dropped this lovely teaser poster.