Eternals Tells a Story That Takes Place Over 7000 Years

Posted on May 04 2021 @ 03:05 AM BST

Avengers: Endgame was an ambitious movie, but the MCU going forward is going to kick things up many more notches with Eternals, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao. Luckily, we got to see the first footage from the movie in the Marvel Phase 4 trailer which dropped today. In an interview with Variety, MCU showrunner Kevin Feige explained that the movie is set to take place over a period of 7000 years.

In the Marvel comics developed by Jack Kirby which birthed the characters, the Eternals were an immensely long-lived Earthly race created by the immensely powerful Celestials, to be humanity's protectors as the fledgling species took its first steps into the cosmos. Over time, the Eternals came to be defined through their rivalry with their ancient counterparts, the Deviants. According to Zhao, Kirby's work forms the basis for her movie, along with various influences across manga, sci-fi, and fantasy films.

Despite dealing with a cosmic race of superhumans, Feige has stated that Eternals features a great deal more practical effects and non-CGI camerawork than most other MCU movies. This was a specific requirement for Zhao, who asserts that Marvel Studios was happy to let her work in a way which allowed her to keep the movie specific to her personal vision.

Directed by Chloé Zhao from a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals stars Gemma Chan as Sersi, 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, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Barry Keoghan as Druig and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman/Black Knight. The film arrives in theaters on November 5. Check out the full interview at Variety.

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