It’s been a chaotic kind of run in the lead-up to the theatrical release of The Eternals for Marvel Studios. The film was set for a fall 2020 debut, the pandemic hit, things got moved around, and we spent a lot of time wondering how the ramp-up would go as Marvel still had a lot of things in production. It’s lead to 2021 having four Marvel films coming out including the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man film.
With the film set for a November 5th, 2021 debut, we now have our first formal trailer for the film that comes in at two minutes and is labeled as a teaser, so there should still be at least two more trailers in the coming months that look at different aspects of the film. I get the sense that a good chunk of this takes place early on in the film and I had a good moment or two of wondering exactly how it’s going to connect into the rest of the MCU. But leave it to the Ikaris to answer that question.
Directed by Chloe Zhao, the film is set to star Angelina Jolie as Thena, 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, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Gemma Chan as Sersi, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.
The comics were produced originally in the 1970s by Jack Kirby with some really neat designs and ideas behind it but they’ve never been heavily used in the comics continuity overall. We’ve had some references to them in brief in the cinematic side though so it makes sense to try and explore more of that.
The studio recently brought on some writers to put it into more formal development to see what can happen with Matthew and Ryan Firpo, who got some notice last year for the spec script Ruin that was quite well regarded on the 2017 Black List.
The film has Chloe Zhao directing it. Her most recent work was The Rider which like most of her projects sees her as the writer and director along with producing credits as well, though the majority of her works are short films. Check out the 2015 film Songs My Brothers Taught Me and the 2017 film The Rider.
There’s been a bit more of an embrace on the cinematic side for some of the more “outlandish” elements that made up a good chunk of what Kirby really worked on over the years, notably in Thor: Ragnarok, so it’s exciting to think more of his material will be coming out – and reinforcing the cosmic side that the next ten years looks to embrace.
Property Concept: Deep in the God Chamber, archeologist Daniel Damien and his daughter Margot learn from their assistant, Ike Harris (aka Ikaris, an Eternal) that he must activate the Cosmic Beacon deep within the God Chamber! But Deviants Kro and Brother Tode have another plan for Ikaris in mind…
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