It’s official: Marvel’s Eternals is becoming a Phase 4 movie and we got some solid information about this installment out of SDCC 2019. Chloe Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me) will direct the Eternals movie. Zhao was apparently at one point under consideration to direct Marvel’s Black Widow movie, as well (the job eventually went to Cate Shortland).
Marvel’s Eternals movie has apparently wrapped filming, as co-star Gemma Chan revealed in a rather unassuming tweeted selfie.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, post-production effects work is continuing on the film remotely, as confirmed by Scanline VFX Studios in a letter to its employees.
Here’s everything else you need to know…
Marvel’s Eternals Cast and Characters
The cast is as follows: Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
Gemma Chan will play Sersi. Ms. Chan played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, but that won’t stop her from taking a more substantial role in Eternals.
Kit Harrington will play Dane Whitman, known to Marvel fans as The Black Knight. The Starks have been reunited in the MCU! You can learn more about Marvel’s Black Knight right here.
Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, Chernobyl) will play the film’s villain, Druig.
Marvel’s Eternals Story
THR reported that “one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.” When Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. took on The Eternals in 2006, Sersi was a central character, albeit one who didn’t remember her immortal heritage. It’s easy to see how that could make for a central character in a movie.
Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose Black List script Ruin has made waves, will write the screenplay.
We’ve already seen other Eternals concepts appear on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy, where one of the Celestials had a brief appearance in the first movie. The problem, of course, is that the last time Marvel tried to adapt one of Jack Kirby’s more out-there concepts, it was The Inhumans, which was a spectacular failure on TV after floundering around as a potential movie for several years. Of course, it’s all about the execution, as Guardians of the Galaxy and its wildly successful sequel both proved.
Here’s an unofficial sneak peek at the film during production last fall.
Marvel’s Eternals Release Date
Marvel’s Eternals will now hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2021, having moved from its Nov. 6, 2020 release date due to the coronavirus pandemic. The full Marvel movie release calendar can be found here.