While thousands of fans are anticipating with excitement to know more about the future of the Movie Universe of Marvel (in English, Marvel Cinematic Universe, abbreviated to MCU), after the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios already is moving forward with its plans, which include a series of productions. One of the most anticipated is the movie The Eternals, which already has an all-star cast despite being in the early stages of development. Below you’ll find all the news, images, rumours, and information that you’re interested in learning about this ambitious project.
NOTE: this article includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
And is that the cast in this upcoming production of Marvel is nothing less than impressive. The Eternals is scheduled to be directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider) from a script written by Matthew, and Ryan Firpo, and has already committed to several actors of high profile, that were winners or nominees for the Oscar awards.
So far, the members of the cast of the project of MCU include Angelina Jolie, comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden of Game of Thrones, and a number of other well-known actors.
But surely this will draw attention to the Spanish speaking public, is that more recently, the mexican Salma Hayek joined the cast. Although the role Hayek played in the movie remains unknown, since there is a great expectation for your participation in this ambitious project.
By being a project in development, had not yet been confirmed for the role of Angelina Jolie in the movie, but even though everything indicated that was going to interpret one of the main characters called Sersi, a member of the immortal race of The Eternal living among the humans, now on the social networks, it was announced that the role will be to Thena.
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In regards to Sersi, a love story that involves Sersi and another to be called Ikaris, is one of the central elements of the plot of the film. Madden, who played Robb Stark in the recently concluded Game of Thrones HBO, be construed to Ikaris in the film.
The Eternals will not be the first foray Jolie in movies comics. Previously, she starred in Wanted in 2008, an adaptation of the comic of the same name, and has starred in several other films of the science fiction and fantasy over the years, including the franchise Tomb Raider (based on the video game) and Maleficent in 2014. However, The Eternals would be his first movie of live action based on comic book superheroes.
In April, it was reported that the comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani was in talks for a role as co-star with Jolie, but not revealed details about the character that would be interpreted. After being nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Big Sick along with his wife, Emily Gordon, Nanjiani starred in the first episode of the series anthology of Jordan Peele, The Twilight Zone, achieving excellent reviews.
The Eternals are an immortal race formed by powerful beings created by The Heavenly, the entities mass introduced in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel, as part of the evolutionary experiments performed in the Earth a really long time ago. The Eternal were trapped in a never ending war with The Deviants, their counterparts equally powerful, but they are malignant and destructive. The Eternals, who made his debut in 1976, is based in a world created by comic book legend Jack Kirby.
The acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman wrote a popular remake of The Eternals , along with artist John Romita Jr., it was published for the first time in 2006 and led the characters into the modern age of Marvel Comics. There is No information on when to expect The Eternals hits theaters, but we’ll keep you informed with the latest news.
WHO (AND WHAT) ARE THE ETERNALS?
The Eternals were created in 1976 by Jack Kirby, the legendary artist from Marvel Comics who co-created Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the X-Men, Iron Man and many other characters. At that time, Kirby had returned to Marvel after a stay of five years in DC Comics, where he created the great evil cosmic universe of DC, Darkseid, the style of Thanos, and the rest of the new gods. In The Eternals, Kirby worked with a similar mindset, so buckle up we’re going on a trip to explore new beings incredible of the MCU.
As was revealed in the first issue of The Eternals, a race of powerful giant space, called the Heavenly, visited the Earth and decided to play with the evolutionary process and natural of our planet. During their experiments they created three races: the Deviants, a race of hungry monsters of war obsessed with the destruction, the humans and the Eternals. Unlike normal humans, the Eternals were extremely powerful thanks to special skills and were intended to act as stewards of the Land.
As the human civilization grew and evolved, the Deviants and the Eternals launched the war for control of the planet, and that is where comes into play the great hook of the Eternals: along the centuries, the adventures of the Eternals became the basis of many of the religions of mankind. Do you remember all those Greek gods and romans (and incas, hindus, etc) that you learned in school? Because those were the Eternals. The old stories were wrong in some details, including their names: Ikaris became Icarus, the sorceress Circe of the Odyssey is, in reality, Sersi, and so on. The same thing happens with the Deviants, which inspired legends about demons and devils.
The original saga of The Eternals Kirby -sadly, never got to finish – it begins when the Heavenly return to Earth to determine if the human race deserves to survive, which brings to the Eternals and the Deviants to the light.
In 2006, the creator of American Gods, Neil Gaiman and artist John Romita Jr. renewed The Eternals miniseries of seven numbers in which the ancient gods have had their memories erased and are now living as a normal human. Ikaris should be to restore the minds of his fellow Eternals, and bring them together to fight against the Deviants, who are also organizing their forces. This seems to be the starting point most likely for the movie.
If any of this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Marvel has already cast some references of the Eternals in his films. The character in the MCU played by Benicio Del Toro in The Collector lives inside a severed head of a Celestial. The father of Star-Lord, Ego, who appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is also a Celestial. In the comics, Thanos is also a rogue Eternal, although that was through a retcon , and it is not clear if the film will adhere to the origin story.
ALL ABOUT IKARIS
The hero of The Eternals is Ikaris, a character is honorable and extremely powerful that has played a pivotal role in the history of mankind. For example, according to the comics, it was Ikaris who bore the ark of Noah to a safe place after the Heavenly flooding of the Earth in an event known as the Great Cataclysm, although all on board mistook Ikaris for a bird (in the script of Marvel Comics, Noah was also an Eternal called Utnapishtim). Interestingly, Ikaris is in reality the father of Icarus in Greek mythology: Ikaris took the name of his son as a tribute after the child flew too close to the sun, burning the mechanism flying that kept him in the air.
Ikaris has all sorts of superpowers, which makes him a formidable enemy of the Deviants. Flying seems to be his main asset, but like other Eternals, he is also immortal, has super strength and superspeed and has psychic abilities of a low level. You can also shoot “cosmic energy” through their eyes and their hands, and can create shields from the air.
On Earth, Ikaris is called Ike Harris. If the movie The Eternals has a male protagonist, it will probably be Ikaris, although Angelina Jolie is a name so important that it is hard to imagine that won’t be the protagonist.
SO IS SERSI
The female character more prominent of The Eternals is Sersi. Unlike the other Eternals, who settled on the top of a remote mountain, Sersi decided to settle among the humans, using their abilities to change matter and projection of illusions to be a witch powerful. As demonstrated in the Odyssey, to Sersi particularly likes turning people into animals.
Sersi is also, according to the comics, who filled the box damn Pandora and taught magic to Merlin. Is a dancer and athlete skilful and has fought alongside Captain America and Thor over the years, thanks to some trickery in order to travel in time and space. In the mini-series Eternals of Gaiman, Sersi embarks on a career as an organizer of parties for the rich and powerful, a work that continues even after you remember your true nature. It is of strong will, a little mischievous and appreciates the good things in life. In other words, it fits perfectly with the woman she played in Maleficent.
In addition to Ikaris and Sersi, there are many other Eternals that Marvel can put into action. Makkari (i.e., Mercury) has superspeed. Thena, which is often confused with the goddess Athena, is able to manipulate cosmic energy. Zuras, former leader of the Eternals, is basically Zeus, while the brother of Thanos, Eros (also called Starfox) can make people fall in love madly for him. Yes, it is as problematic as it sounds.
When three Eternals are brought together, they can combine the style, Voltron to form one entity ultra powerful called the Uni-Mind. Few more Eternals to lend his skills to the Uni-Mind, the more formidable it becomes. The Eternals also suffer from some conditioning mental of third parties: in the most recent Marvel comics, the Eternals found that will protect the Heavenly at any price, even if you do not believe it is the right thing.
Basically, The Eternals contains enough characters and ideas for crazy and fun to be a saga the size of the X-Men to the MCU (apart from the franchise X-Men to MCU recently acquired) if the study wishes to do so. And what if they are not the most famous characters list of Marvel? In 2008, Iron Man was also a superhero of B-series and things went very well.
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