It’s safe to say Eternals arrives with more gravitas than any other Marvel Studios film before it. Following on the heels of Chloe Zhao’s multiple Academy Awards for Nomadland, including Best Director and Best Picture, she brings a level of criticical anticipation the likes of which you don’t get from a typical superhero movie.
Kevin Feige has said that all of Zhao’s sensibilities would be felt in Eternals, and you can see that in this teaser, which boasts a naturalistic look similar to Nomadland and The Rider before it.
What we get is a look at the impact the Eternals, an immortal alien race that has been living among humanity for thousands of years, have had on the world. They’ve never interfered in anything until now, in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, when the world comes under threat by their evil cousins, the Deviants. It’s worth noting that Thanos was a member of the Deviants, which may explain why the Eternals are jumping into action. We also see the group gathered at a dinner table discussing who will be the next Avengers leader, with Richard Madden’s Ikaris tossing his name into the hat.
Eternals boasts a huge, star-studded ensemble that includes Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh,Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Kit Harington, and Angelina Jolie. The film opens in theaters on November 5th.
“Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” welcomes an exciting new team of Super Heroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena. Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman.”