Marvel’s Eternals was the first project that was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. We got to meet the cast of the upcoming ensemble movie and Director Chloe Zhao. The film will begin production in September, and that means that the sets of the film and the locations where the movie will be filmed will be getting ready right now. Well, it’s not too long until September and we’ve probably got the first look at the set where the movie will probably be filmed.
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Exclusive: One of the sets at Black Park is for ‘The Eternals’ and not Star Wars As you all know, for around a month I’ve been following development at Black Park, England for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ reshoots. There’s three areas, Site One – where they shot the Millennium Falcon last year and the Orange X-Wing, Site Two – a set on a raised plateau with a giant wooden structure and finally Site Three which was used for swamp and snow locations for Episode IX late 2018/early 2019. I’ve always been questionable on Site Two as it’s not in an area where they filmed principal photography for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. After the Aztec looking statue arrived yesterday I started to have my doubts but today I’ve finally found out that it’s in-fact NOT for Star Wars but for Disney and Marvel’s upcoming movie, ‘The Eternals’ which begins filming in September. There is some signage in the area for Olympia Productions whereas the other set have Carbonado Industries, Carbonado was revealed last year by @fanthatracks to be the production company behind TrIXie/The Rise of Skywalker. I’ve come across LinkedIn profiles for employees of Olympia Productions (I’ve included one in the post) that show ‘The Eternals’ are part of Olympia Productions. Site One is still very much Star Wars, I’ve included an image of the Carbonado Industries signage at the area, a link to FanthaTracks’ original report and images of the site so you know which site I am referring to.
BespinBulletin (via GWW) has posted a few pictures of a set that is being built at London’s Pinewood Studios. We’ve seen reports suggesting that the upcoming Black Widow movie will be shooting in London, but these set images look nothing like that of the Black Widow film. The post gives us a confirmation that the site we’re looking at is for Marvel’s second film of 2020, i.e. Eternals.
Here’s what the post reads for Site Two:
“Site Two. Last week a large wooden structure had started to be built. Yesterday a statue of sorts was put in place whilst more work on the wooden structure continued. The statue didn’t look very Star Wars to me. However I don’t know why but my initial thought last week after seeing the wooden structure was Yavin IV and after looking at Yavin IV decorations and statues from non-canon video games such as ‘The Old Republic’ there is some similarities. However as I stated a few weeks ago, a notice at Black Park refers to all three sites as one production but that could be because it’s all a Disney production. Site Two might pan out not to be Star Wars at all. Marvel’s next movie, ‘The Eternals’ begins production at Pinewood in September so there is a good chance it’s for that movie.”
This site could obviously not have been for Star Wars because the film should be hard under post-production. Yes, reshoots could still take place, but this statue does look much more fitting for the setting of the Eternals. We recently got a concept art of the Celestials and the statue looks a whole lot like those Godly Beings.
Eternals will bring us an extremely diverse cast where every character is totally different from the other. There are fat superheroes, a kid, heroes of color and other races than the typical ‘White’ people that have a majority in the MCU. The cast includes Richard Madden (Ikaris), Angelina Jolie (Thena), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Don Lee aka Ma-Dong Seok (Forgotten One aka Gilgamesh), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Lauren Ridloff (Makari) and Lia McHugh (Sprite). These characters are different in certain other ways as well. We’ve got a deaf Superhero for the first time, and then there’s also Marvel’s first LGBTQ hero which will be among the cast members. Will it be Ajak or Phastos?
Kevin Feige described the Eternals to go around having a similar tone as the Guardians of the Galaxy. He said:
“You’re reaction about not being familiar with the Eternals is perfect, because most people weren’t familiar with Guardians [of the Galaxy] and believe it or not there were people that were not familiar with Avengers or with Iron Man. So for us, its finding great stories whether people have heard of them or not and bring them to the big screen in as amazing a way as we can.”
Directed by Chloe Zhao, and from a script written by brothers Matthew and Ryan Firpo, The Eternals will supposedly come out on November 6, 2020. Here’s the synopsis running around the internet:
“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.”