Marvel's 'Eternals': 5 things you need to know about MCU's superhero flick
Marvel's 'Eternals' may have been dubbed as the worst movie in the MCU, even pipping 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Black Widow'. However, that hasn't stopped the heightened excitement and anticipation across the world for the latest superhero ensemble flick that's all set to premiere in the US on November 5.
The MCU blockbuster was slated to release in 2020 until the pandemic forced a delay and the Chloe Zhao-helmed novel movie is now the second movie of Phase 4 after 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' to hit theatres. The film stars a diverse ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
The official synopsis reads: "The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants." The movie shifts its focus from better-known Marvel superheroes like the 'Avengers' and introduces a new enigmatic team of superheroes based on Jack Kirby's characters. 'The Eternals' are described as an immortal alien race created by the Celestials and have dwelled on Earth for the past 7,000 years without disclosing their true identities.
And ahead of the release, we look at five questions 'Eternals' will answer:
Who are the Eternals?
The most obvious question: Who are the Eternals? will be one of the first questions. The synopsis answers enough, but that just leads to more questions. The Eternals were created by a much older, and more powerful race - the Celestials, ultra-powerful beings that meddled in Earth's evolutionary processes to create the Eternals, and their opposites - the Deviants.
It's an ensemble cast, who's the leader?
All eyes will be on Richard Madden's Ikaris who is the de-facto leader of the Eternals. According to Inverse, the official description for Ikaris reads — "Ikaris is the tactical leader and most powerful Eternal and takes pride in keeping the other Eternals safe. Moral, kind and charismatic, Ikaris boasts the power of incredible strength, flight, and the ability to project beams of intense cosmic energy from his eyes. When the monstrous Deviants return after centuries, Ikaris leads the charge to unite the scattered Eternals to stop the new threat."
Will Thanos' snap feature in it?
Every movie and TV series that Marvel released after 'Avengers: Endgame' has, and so will 'Eternals'. They were already living on earth during the events of 'Endgame' but clearly played no part in the war between the Avengers and Thanos. It wasn't their battle to fight and they sat that one out. Considering the fact that they're immortal, odds are that they weren't victims of the snap as well.
Will they replace the Avengers?
Thor, Bruce Banner, and Hawkeye are the OG Avengers still around and the six-member team expanded to practically 25 superheroes. Come another event that sees evil take over, there's always a chance these superheroes will unite. But with their journeys post 'Endgame' unknown, the Eternals will be the ones guarding the earth for the foreseeable future.
In trademark MCU fashion, there will be a mid-credits and a post-credits scene that will provide a peek into the future. Shang-Chi had Benedict Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel showing that the movie was set post the battle against Thanos. It is likely that at least one of the scenes will be related to tying the Eternals deeper into the MCU.