By 2019, Marvel will have successfully launched 10 franchises within their massive shared Universe and out of the 23 movies, with only the Incredible Hulk being a one off film while all others having one sequel out or confirmed to be under development. Come 2020, we will have not one, but 2 more potential franchises in the MCU as the two MCU movies reportedly coming out in 2020 are none other than Black Widow and Eternals.
Both these movies will be prequels, but since the timeline Black Widow will be placed in such a way that it won’t allow for a prequel sequel, so Marvel will bring out a sequel set up in the aftermath of Avengers 4 only if the response upon Black Widow will be extraordinary.
Otherwise, it will be similar to what The Incredible Hulk was. The same could go for the Eternals, but it will certainly have a bigger potential to bring in sequels because the movie will be set up millions of years back in the MCU, being a prequel to even the Thor franchise.
It was recently revealed thatThe Eternals will be written by brothers Matthew and Ryan Firpoand Marvel has hired Chloe Zhao to direct the film, and following Black Widow, this will be the second time we see a solo female director helming a Marvel movie. Captain Marvel has a female co-director, but it looks like 2020 will be all females in the Directors’ chair.
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 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.”
So, Ikaris and Sersi will certainly be the lead characters in the story, and the other characters have been revealed by That Hashtag Show which include character breakdowns for Karen, Druig, Piper, Elysisus, Forgotten One, Makkari, Starfox, Thena, Zuras, and an unnamed “Greek God” character.There’s no mention for the Deviants as of now, but the biggest surprise could be the inclusion of Starfox, who is the brother of Thanos.
This may even play with the fact that Thanos may appear sometime in the franchise, but there have also been reports suggesting thateven though the film is set in the MCU timeline which was millions of years agoit will still have connections to the characters that we are familiar with in the well-established present day MCU.
So along with the possibility of Thanos’ brother Starfox, the Mad Titan’s father A’Lars or mother Sui-San may also be involved in the story of the Eternals.
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 relation with the Captain Marvel franchise as well.
Rumor suggests that Marvel will somehow set up the Eternals by making one of the common characters appear in Avengers 4, but you have to take it as a grain of salt. Avengers 4 comes out on May 3, 2019 and here’s the official Synopsis:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”