While not much has been revealed as far as Marvel’s fourth phase goes, we do know that it will be an entirely new saga, with many characters runs of the last ten years ending. Some characters like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther will be seen extending into the new era, but only one new title has been revealed up to this point. The Eternals movie was confirmed to The Wrap by Kevin Feige back in April. This move not only continues marvel’s trend of taking little-known characters and thrusting them into the spotlight, which has proved well, and considering that they come to screen with little to no pre-existing expectations, there is little room for disappointment or backlash. With the X-Men and Fantastic Four now within their rights to use, it’s nice to see this has not been abandoned.
The Eternals are a genetically-altered race of long-living superbeings that were created through Celestial experiments. Also birthed out of the experiments were the Eternal’s enemies, the genetically unstable Deviants, a humanoid race that predates humanity, once ruled the Earth, and who stood among the Elder Races of Marvel’s vast cosmic universe.
The Celestials were introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The film’s sequel expanded the lore further with the introduction of Ego the Living Planet, who was an immensely powerful Celestial.
In the comics, the Celestials performed similar experiments on the homeworlds of alien races like the Kree and the shapeshifting Skrulls. The Kree have already been firmly entrenched into the MCU with their appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and will serve as a major part of Captain Marvel alongside the Skrulls, where they will engage each other in an intergalactic conflict.
The Titans, are also a splinter group of the Eternals who left earth to the planet that would become known as Titan, which makes Thanos an Eternal. As to what connections this movie may link to will likely remain unknown until release. However, it is clear that this title already has a home within the MCU, and could be much larger than most anticipate. What would the Eternals think of Thanos’ actions in Infinity War? Will they care at all? Well, as it would seem, those answers are in the hands of the Eternals newly landed director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has tapped Chloe Zhao who has been in high demand after critical acclaim, with The Rider impressing at Sundance Film Festival. She is set to join producer Kevin Feige who holds a script penned by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.
Zhao marks the third woman to helm a Marvel Studios project, after Captain Marvel director Anna Boden who directs with Ryan Fleck, and Cate Shortland, who is directing the Avengers star Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow solo outing.
With Warner Bros. finding big success behind the Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman, and Marvel’s first black director Ryan Coogler shepherding in more than $1.3 billion worldwide, it’s not a surprise that Marvel decided to make a push for more inclusive and diverse behind-the-camera talent.
Earlier this summer while talking to Screen Rant, Feige stated that “a heck of a lot” of the studios’ future projects would be steered by female filmmakers, adding that in front of the cameras, the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe would continue to grow to where “more than half” of its featured heroes are women.
Marvel Studios has yet to announce a release date for Eternals. Following Spider-Man: Far From Home in July, Marvel has nine untitled release dates claimed through July 2022.
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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter/The Wrap/Screen Rant
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