Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige The Eternals looks, unlike any other Marvel Cinematic Universe project that we’ve ever seen. This movie shall be Phase Four’s third movie — following Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — but it will be the first in which we’ll not only see a buffed-up Kumail Nanjiani but another very powerful thing.
The Eternals, of course, is the first MCU movie for which the director, in Feige’s words stood firm in “fighting for practical locations,” which he dubbed her “signature style.” Well, we’re definitely getting a look at that style, and it’s striking to behold even in teaser form. Also, there’s a brand new batch of immortal superheroes, who are “forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants” in what ends up being a story that is span on thousands of years.
The ensemble cast brings more A-list names into the MCU, too. There’s Richard Madden as the omnipotent Ikaris; Angelina Jolie as the intense warrior Thena; Kumail Nanjiani as cosmically-inclined Kingo; Salma Hayek as spiritual leader Ajak; Brian Tyree Henry as the innovative Phastos; and Kit Harington playing a guy named Dane Whitman. The movie also stars Gemma Chan, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Barry Keoghan.
The Eternals, one exciting thing to note is that Thanos, the genocidal villain from the final two Infinity Saga movies, is actually linked in lineage to The Eternals. That might not mean much in the great scheme of Phase Four, but it’s funny that Thanos’ nickname, the Mad Titan, in fact, refers to him belonging to the Titan species, which makes him, yeah, a relative. Will Thanos even get a mention in The Eternals?