We only have a few ideas of where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going in the next few years. Marvel is keeping its cards close to its chest in regards to what comes after Avengers: Endgame, but there are some notable exceptions, including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, Black Widow solo movie, and Shang-Chi. However, one property we do know that Marvel is going to make a fixture of its cinematic universe going ahead are The Eternals. A race of super-powered beings created by the God-like aliens known as the Celestials, these figures exist on Earth and have done for thousands of years. But when can we expect The Eternals and who do we know is involved in it?
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Here is everything you need to know about the future stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Eternals does not currently have an official UK release date but is widely considered to be one of the touted film releases for Marvel in 2020. It is believed the film will begin shooting later in 2019. Two release dates have been revealed for 2020: May 1, 2020, and November 6, 2020. So we expect it will be one or the other.
The Eternals will be directed by indie director Chloe Zhao, making her one of the first solo female directors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with Cate Shorthand for Black Widow. The Oscar-winner, Angelina Jolie has been cast as Sersi, a more outgoing Eternal who has not been afraid to move amongst humankind. In the comics, the character has the powers of superhuman strength and durability, molecular and atomic manipulation, psionic power, immortality and flight. Sersi is also the lover of a powerful Eternal known as Ikaris, who channels cosmic energy. She has joined the ranks of the Avengers in the comics too. Richard Madden is currently in line to portray the pivotal role of Ikaris in the film, who carries the ability to manipulate cosmic energy. Kumail Nanjiani as TBC, the Oscar-nominee is in line for an undisclosed role in the film. The Frida star, Salma Hayek as TBC also has been cast in an unknown role, according to The Wrap.
There have been reports that gay superhero Hercules will appear in the film, with Reddit rumours touting Fast & Furious franchise star Luke Evans for the role. It has also been rumoured that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has been cast as Piper, a gender-swapped version of the Marvel Comics character Sprite, a "strong and charismatic, with a magnetic personality. Wise beyond her years, athletic, articulate and quick-witted." The forums also say she will debut in a cameo role in Avengers: Endgame, however, and this was not the case. This should be taken with a pinch of salt, however, along with reports of the castings of Outlander star Sam Heughan as Ikaris and Priyanka Chopra as Sersi (considering both have been disproved). The same rumours also touted Keanu Reeves for a villainous role as Druig, "a merciless conqueror" after a scheduling conflict prevented him playing Yonn-Rogg in Captain Marvel before Jude Law took on the role.
The film may also feature human archaeologist and Eternals ally Margo Damien, which the rumours have touted Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez for. Finally, the same rumours have pointed to former Skins star Jack O'Connell to play Starfox, an Eternal from Titan and the brother of Thanos!!! However, given the unreliability of some of the other revelations in these rumours, it's looking unlikely.
In Marvel Comics, The Eternals were created by the ancient alien Celestials and were seen as their designated defenders of Earth against their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Also in the comics, some Eternals existed on the planet of Titan, including Avengers villain Thanos and his brother Starfox. It has already been reported that two characters who will apparently appear in the film include lovers Sersi, a female Eternal who longs to live with humanity, and Ikaris, a male Eternal who channels cosmic energy.
Additional reports suggest a major role for Greek god Hercules, which may suggest a setting on Mount Olympus as in the comics, which was a base for some of the Earth-bound Eternals. Alternatively, Hercules could be an Eternal in the MCU. This is a particularly interesting point as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has hinted it could span from far before all other MCU films to their future. "Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble," said Feige to Collider, "doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not totally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people." He added, "Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”Colour us intrigued!
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