There’s a lot of reason to get excited for November 2020. No, not just because we’ll have an election that (hopefully) has a good outcome. That month will also see the release of Marvel Studios’ Eternals movie. Now, if you don’t know the Eternals, you’re not alone. But Kevin Feige introduced the cast to the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con to give you a brief glimpse.
Who’s In it?
First, Eternals is directed by Chloe Zhao; she’s the first woman to direct a Marvel movie solo. Pretty cool. Her cast for the movie includes:
- Angelina Jolie as Thena, a super strong warrior woman;
- Richard Madden as Ikaris, father of Greek god Icarus;
- Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, samurai, master swordsman, film star and producer;
- Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, superhumanly fast;
- Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, often mistaken for the Greek god Hephaestus. He built most of the Eternals’ devices;
- Salma Hayek as Ajak, a male character in the comics;
- Don Lee as Gilgamesh, aka “The Forgotten One.” He developed his superhuman strength and durability to a far greater degree than the norm for Eternals;
- Lia McHugh as Sprite, adept at manipulating matter.
What’s It About?
In the comics, the alien Celestials intended the Eternals to be the defenders of Earth. This leads to the inevitability of war against their destructive counterparts, the Deviants. The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby and made their first appearance in The Eternals #1 (July 1976).
When’s It Coming Out?
That is a much trickier prospect as COVID-19 has played havoc with release dates the world over. Initially, Eternals was to hit theaters November 6, 2020. A good and sensible time for a movie to come out. However, because of the pandemic, all of Marvel’s Phase Four slate has moved. So now Eternals is on track for February 12, 2021. Let’s see if that happens.
The announced Marvel Phase 4 slate includes new films — Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi: The Legend of The Ten Rings, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Blade — as well as new Disney+ streaming series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye.
— Dustin Sandoval @ #SDCC (@DustinMSandoval) July 21, 2019
Kevin Feige also revealed they didn’t have time to discuss Blade, Black Panther 2, Guardians 3, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four, or “mutants.” But are those sequels part of Marvel’s Phase 4, or 5?
For more on Marvel’s Comic-Con announcements, check out our live blog of the panel!
Originally published July 20, 2019.