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Eternals: ‘Earth’s Original Superheroes’ and their Future in the MCU

This highly anticipated “Eternals” is the 26th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is scheduled for release on November 7th, 2021. The final trailer of the $200 million film that was released about a month ago already has a staggering 25 million views on YouTube. 

The Oscar-winning director, Chloe Zhao, is currently promoting the film and recently spoke to Fandango about what we can expect to see on screen. She was asked how “Eternals” will fit in with Phase Four of the MCU that has seen the release of shows like: “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Loki”, and “WandaVision”. Without revealing too much, she hinted that the events of “Eternals” will consequently affect the entire MCU.  

“The film completely stands alone. If you know half the universe disappeared and it came back, that’s all you need to know to watch this film. But what happens in this film will have huge implications on the future.” She said.

What these “implications” are is still a mystery. But here’s what we do know: “Eternals” introduces an exciting new band of Super-Heroes to the MCU through a story that spans 7000 years. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unforeseen disaster forces the Eternals, an ancient and immortal alien race, to come out of hiding and stand against the Deviants, humanity’s most ancient foe.

For anyone not familiar with the Eternals, this is how Chloe Zhao describes them:

We like to call them Earth’s original superheroes. So, they were instructed to stand on the sideline once the Deviants were gone to allow humans to develop and progress in the way that we were meant to…and that ultimately led us to someone like Tony [Stark]. So, they’ve always existed in the shadows…you just never know where they might show up again.”

More will also be revealed about the Celestials who are creators of both the Deviants and Eternals. The Celestials were first introduced in the MCU through 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and later featured in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

“Eternals” stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman (Black Knight), Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Salma Hayek as Ajak.

 “Eternals” is rumored to be 156 minutes long, which would make it the second-longest film in the MCU only rivaled by Avengers: Endgame’s astonishing 181-minute runtime.

“It could be longer!” she told Fandango “You know, it’s ten characters, the Celestials and 7,000 years. There’s a lot going on.”

Given the star power of the film and the superpowers of the heroes, this movie should make for an excellent watch and we can’t wait.

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