Do you know who Marvel belongs to? Eternals to be? It’s okay if you don’t. The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make every effort to introduce the immortal heroes.
In the first preview clip of the film, three of the Eternals show off their powers during a battle with the Deviants. Makkari is the speedster of the group, while Kingo can project cosmic energy from his body. As for Ikaris, he has Superman-style eye rays, strength and the ability to fly. He may be the mightiest of the Eternals, but even Ikaris is not invincible.
To put this clip into context, it appears to have taken place thousands of years ago. The film will have a two-part story where the Eternals can be seen as a team in the past, as well as a storyline in the present that forces the group to reunite. It also ties into Avengers: Endgame, as the Celestials noticed that humanity undone Thanos’ snap. That means the cosmic gods are returning to Earth to pass their judgment, and even the Eternals don’t know if humanity will survive the return of the Celestials.
The short version of the backstory of the Eternals is that they were created by the Celestials, the cosmic gods who briefly glimpsed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Full. 2. The mandate of the Eternals was to protect humanity from their rivals, the Deviants. In fact, the Eternals are prohibited from interfering in human history unless the Deviants are involved.
Earlier Game of Thrones star Richard Madden headlines the cast as Ikaris, while Gemma Chan gets a second chance in the MCU as Sersi. Centuries ago, Ikaris and Sersi had a strong romantic bond. In the present, Sersi is romantically involved with Dane Whitman, played by another Game of Thrones veteran, Kit Harington. That’s right, the Stark boys are back together, competing for the same woman’s heart.
Partly to counter EternalsLacking big heroes, the cast is stacked with established stars. Chief among them is Angelina Jolie as Thena, while Salma Hayek plays the leader of the Eternals, Ajak. Kumail Nanjiani portrays Kingo, with Lia McHugh as Sprite, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.
Additionally, Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos is breaking new ground as the first openly gay male hero in the MCU. He also has a human husband, played by Haaz Sleiman.
Eternals will hit theaters on November 5.