A recent report from That Hashtag Show has brought into light some new details about Marvel’s 2020 projects, as it has revealed that Disney will be bringing out Marvel’s Black Widow and Marvel’s The Eternals as the two projects of 2020.
It was announced a while ago that The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao and it will be written by brothers Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The report from THS had a lot to uncover and we know that the writers will be taking more inspiration from Jack Kirby’s 1976 series rather than Neil Gaiman’s iteration.
The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby along with Stan Lee, and they are described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth.
The original instigators of this process, the alien Celestials, intended the Eternals to be the defenders of Earth, but their experimentation led to the creation of their destructive counterparts and things did escalate to the inevitability of war between the Eternals and the Deviants.
The first synopsis of the film that has been circulating around the internet will tell you what to expect from the project:
“The story of ‘THE ETERNALS’ is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as Deviants. The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race. The story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.”
THS report suggested that the even though the film is set in the MCU timeline which was millions of years ago, it will still have connections to the characters that we are familiar with in the well-established present day MCU. It will really feel good to know the ancient history of Marvel.
So far we’ve only heard some aspects of it with the Thor franchise and now we will be seeing it in the flesh. According to the report, the biggest present-day MCU connection that we will be seeing in The Eternals would be with Thanos. Avengers 4 may or may not kill off Thanos, but The Eternals will keep his race alive as the plot of the film will actually involve the Mad Titan’s father A’Lars or mother Sui-San.
Apart from Thanos, the Kree will also have some connections to this property, and you will be amazed to know that the enemies of Kree, i.e. the Skrulls have actually been portrayed as the offshoots of the Deviants in the comics. So, that brings in their relationship with the Captain Marvel franchise as well.
So, all in all, it is amazing that Marvel is going to leaps and bounds in order to flourish their larger cinematic Universe really well. We will obviously know more about the project when we are done with Avengers 4.
Disney’s D23 Expo will be taking place in the US next year, and there’s obviously San Diego Comic Con where Marvel will surely have a presence this time, so we could expect a full movie slate be revealed then.
Disney will have acquired Fox in 2019, and they probably will have launched their streaming service Disney Play, so we will surely get some info about what’s next for us on the part of Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four, and what new movies & series will be getting on Disney Play.
For now, let’s focus on Avengers 4 which is going to be a very special MCU outing and here’s what Kevin Feige had to say about the film:
“I will say, the entire intention of Infinity War and the next Avengers film next year was to have an ending – to bring a conclusion to 10 plus years, 22 movie narrative in a way that hadn’t been done before in this particular type of film. It’s been done before in films where there are a finite number of books, and they finish telling the story for the books, so they come to an ending. Characters like Spider-Man or Batman or James Bond or Iron Man, who have been around for so long and are always refreshed in comic books or novels or movies, you don’t necessarily get that kind of an endpoint – and we wanted to do that, which is what these next two Avengers films are.”