The Eternals (film)

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The Eternals
Official Logo of Marvel's Eternals.jpg
Official logo
Directed byChloé Zhao
Produced byKevin Feige
Screenplay by
Based onEternals
by Jack Kirby
Starring
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 6, 2020 (2020-11-06) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Eternals is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the twenty-fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Chloé Zhao, written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, and features an ensemble cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington.

In April 2018, Kevin Feige announced that a film based on the Eternals had begun development, with Matthew and Ryan Firpo hired to write the script for the project in May 2018. By late-September, Marvel had hired Zhao to direct the film. Principal photography began in July 2019, with locations including Pinewood Studios in England and the Canary Islands.

The Eternals is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 6, 2020.

Premise[edit]

In a story spanning thousands of years,[1] the Eternals, an immortal alien race created by the Celestials, protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.[2]

Cast[edit]

The cast of The Eternals at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

Additionally, Haaz Sleiman has been cast in an undisclosed role.[11]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In April 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that the studio was actively developing a film based on the Marvel comic book series Eternals, created by Jack Kirby, to release in their Phase Four slate of films. Marvel had met with multiple screenwriters, and was believed to be focusing on the character Sersi.[12] Marvel set Matthew and Ryan Firpo to write the script a month later,[13] with their outline including a love story between the characters Sersi and Ikaris.[4] In June, Feige said Marvel was interested in exploring the "ancient aliens kind of sci-fi trope" of the Eternals being the inspiration for myths and legends throughout the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[14]

During late August, Marvel's director search for The Eternals narrowed to a shortlist that included Chloé Zhao—who had also been in the running to direct Marvel's Black WidowNicole Kassell, Travis Knight, and the pair of Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.[4] Zhao was chosen to direct the film a month later, with Marvel moving quickly to secure her after being impressed by a meeting with her, and were concerned that she might take on a different big-studio project instead.[4][15] Marvel considered The Eternals to be a "perfect transition" into its next phase of films along with projects such as Captain Marvel (2019),[15] as it allowed the studio to cast a diverse group of actors to portray the various Eternals.[4] In February 2019, Feige reiterated that Marvel was interested in the characters due to Kirby's "immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years" in the comics; because they wanted to create more ensemble films "from the start" like Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), rather than building up to an ensemble crossover as they did with The Avengers (2012); and to introduce "characters that the majority of the world has never heard of" as they did with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers.[16]

Pre-production[edit]

Angelina Jolie joined the cast in March 2019, reportedly as Sersi,[17][5] with Kumail Nanjiani and Don Lee cast in undisclosed roles the next month.[5][18] At that time, the film was expected to feature Marvel Studios' first gay superhero.[19] In May, Richard Madden entered negotiations for the role of Ikaris,[20] and by the following month, Salma Hayek had entered early negotiations for an undisclosed role.[21] In July, Variety reported that the cast included Jolie, Madden, and Millie Bobby Brown,[22] but Brown shortly denied that she had been cast.[23] Later that month at San Diego Comic-Con, Feige officially announced the film, with a release date of November 6, 2020. He confirmed the casting of Jolie, Nanjiani, Lee, Madden, and Hayek, revealing their roles to be Thena, Kingo, Gilgamesh, Ikaris, and Ajak, and also announced the casting of Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, and Lia McHugh as Sprite.[7] Feige confirmed that the film includes an LGBTQ character.[24]

Filming[edit]

By the film's official announcement in July 2019, principal photography had begun at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.[2][25] The following month, Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan were in talks to join the cast.[9][26] Chan previously portrayed Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, but was potentially being looked at by Marvel to play a separate character in this film.[9] Chan and Keoghan were confirmed as Sersi and Druig, respectively, at the D23 Expo in August, along with the casting of Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.[8] By early November, filming took place in the Canary Islands. The filming crew, including Jolie and Madden, had to be evacuated from a shooting location in the island of Fuerteventura, due to an explosive device found there, thought to be a remnant armament from a Nazi base.[27]

Release[edit]

The Eternals is scheduled for release in the United States on November 6, 2020.[3]

References[edit]

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