An introduction to the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. After an unexpected tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Eternals—an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years—reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Marvel’s Eternals is directed by Oscar-winning Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao, director of the films Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider, and Nomadland previously. The screenplay is co-written by Kaz Firpo and Ryan Firpo, based on the Eternals comic series by Jack Kirby first introduced in 1976. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
Apparently Eternals, a film that is supposed to be bladder-defyingly long in the tradition the Lord of the Rings films (well, perhaps not that long but still …) , is set to shape up the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Given many of the well-known superheroes who kicked off the neverending cycle of epic blockbuster storytelling that is the MCU have now exited stage right, though a number remain, and new vitally exciting characters such as Shang-Chi have now entered the good vs evil fray to great acclaim, the idea that the MCU is in a period of exciting new flux is self-evident and greatly welcome.
That’s not to say that what came before has been a brilliant ride because for the most part it very much has, but everything has to change at some point or risks a descent into fossilisation or irrelevance so it’s great to see Eternals, with its diverse cast of characters literally changing the face of the MCU and giving it an invigorating refresh.
To get us even further into the mood for this epic film, a series of character posters have been released as has a featurette which goes someway, though not conclusively, to give us a tantalising taste of the great adventure coming our way in three weeks’ time. (And if, like this blogger, your knowledge of the Eternals is a tad scant, try this primer of sorts from CBR.com)
Eternals opens 4 November in Australia and 5 November in UK and USA.