Everything you need to know about the latest MCU flick.
The Eternals are gathering this November.
The latter half of 2021 sees movies making their comeback with and already out, followed by and — drumroll, please — . The debut of this alien superteam movie was pushed back a year due to the , but the landed in August and are rolling in.
The movie is directed by , who won a pair of Oscars for her film , and is written by cousins Matthew and Ryan Firpo. Eternals is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release in theaters, but immediately after its Oct. 18 premiere in Hollywood — don’t worry, we won’t be looking at them in this article.
They’re the next superpowered group to join the MCU. Marvel Studios has assembled an incredible cast — including Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and — to fill out the team.
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The official synopsis describes the Eternals as “ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years.”
“Following the events of , an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants,” it reads.
No. After ‘ success at the box office proved fans were , Disney said Eternals will be among the movies it’ll before they launch on digital platforms.
Eternals’ run-time is 2 hours and 37 minutes.
The critical reception with a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Tuesday.
In CNET’s review, we appreciate that “it takes a creative risk with its time-jumping events” but “its convoluted plot ultimately lets it down.”
The team stares into the distance in the movie’s second poster.
The character descriptions are from Marvel’s official synopsis — poor Dane Whitman is apparently too boring for any hype. However, he becomes sword-wielding hero Black Knight in the comics, so maybe the company is just keeping that quiet.
The movie will reunite Harington and Madden, who played Jon Snow and Robb Stark in .
Salma Hayek plays Ajak in Marvel’s Eternals.
“It never crossed my mind to be in a Marvel movie. I guess that I thought that boat had sailed, and it was an absolute shock,” Salma Hayek said in a May interview with Variety. She also told the publication that she was one of the first ones cast for the movie.
Gemma Chan was previously seen in the MCU as ‘s Minn-Erva, but Sersi is a different character.
“Sersi is not your typical superhero: She’s not necessarily the best fighter, she doesn’t have the most obviously impressive powers. The main thing is she’s an empath,” Chan told Vogue in August. “She has a connection with humans, and with the world and the earth. That is her strength, so I leant into that.”
Separately, she said working on Eternals was a very different experience than on Captain Marvel, which employed more studio work and . Eternals was filmed in the Canary Islands and England, so it uses real environments and mostly natural lighting, as previously reported by IMDbrief.
In December 2019, Nanjiani revealed the fruits of his training — and the intense regime required to maintain it — to play swordsman Kingo in some . He famously to pose as Wolverine ( ) and other iconic movie characters for a Men’s Health March 2020 photoshoot.
I got to be on the cover of @MensHealthMag and recreate scenes from some of my favorite action movies. Pics by @EmilyShur, story by @BrianRaftery here: https://t.co/u0q29AlXEw pic.twitter.com/W8bnZagC2f
“I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world,” he wrote in his original Instagram caption. “I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time.”
His character was also showcased in Parking Spot, a Lexus promo set in the MCU and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (who helmed Avengers: Endgame).
Eternals will offer two major firsts for the MCU: Brian Tyree Henry, from , plays Phastos — the first openly gay superhero in the MCU. And Lauren Ridloff, whom you might know as Connie in , will be the MCU’s first deaf superhero. Her character, Makkari, is male in the comics.
Like and , this movie focuses on Marvel’s cosmic comic characters.
Marvel’s 2021 Eternals series is written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Esad Ribić.
Eternals have a comic history that stretches back to 1976. They were dreamed up by Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, after he created the very similar for DC six years earlier. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told the Hollywood Reporter that the movie pays tribute to the late artist, who died in 1994.
“The whole movie is a love letter to what one man was able to do with a pencil, sitting at a little desk on the East Coast,” Feige said at the Eternals premiere on Oct. 18.
In the comics, they’re an evolutionary offshoot of humanity living on Earth who possess greater powers and have longer lifespans. The Celestials, a group of space gods, created them to defend Earth. The current series, from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Esad Ribić, kicked off in January 2021.
We’ve already seen a few Celestials in the movies — most notably the space station Knowhere (actually a Celestial’s severed head) and Peter Quill’s dad, Ego, (who took a human form) in .
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