Feige Offers Major THE ETERNALS Update: Tone, Inspiration, and Scope
Little is known about the future of the MCU after Avengers: Endgame in April. There are broad strokes known, but the specifics are being kept under wraps. We do know that the cosmic side of the Marvel universe will get deeper exploration in Phase 4, and one of the properties exploring that corner of the MCU is The Eternals.
Talking to Collider, Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige said while there is world that you could give each one a solo movie, and team them up later, they are going to take the Guardians Of The Galaxy approach instead, and introduce them as a group.
“Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people.”
In Feige I trust. If he thinks this is the best approach, so do I. To be fair, I don’t know much about the group, other than Thanos being one of them. Whether he will be involved in the movie or not remains to be seen. But depending on his fate in Endgame, we could see him be a hero of sorts in the Eternals franchise. Comics are weird.
But let’s also single out what Feige said after that above quote, because it speaks to the scope and inspiration for the film:
“You were asking about ’60s, and ’70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”
Between that reference, and the way he made sure to specify that The Eternals would not have the same tone as the Guardians of The Galaxy films, it definitely seems like this movie will be far more grandiose and epic than the adventures of Peter Quill and co.
In the same chat, Feige also says fans will still get to see MCU characters they know and love again, despite them trying to explore new corners of the universe.
“Everything after Endgame, and after Spider-Man: Far From Home, will be different and be unique, as we try to make every film. But seeing returning characters is certainly something we’re gonna do and want to do.”
We know there is a Spider-Man sequel, as Feige mentioned. There are plans for a Black Panther 2, and a Doctor Strange 2. We will get Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, eventually. A Black Widow standalone movie is happening too. That’s not even including the new Disney + stuff, like Loki, Vision and Scarlet Witch, and potentially Lady Sif, and a Rocket and Groot show. So Feige is right. We’ll get lots of material with returning characters still. (The big
3 4 are conspicuously absent, but that is on purpose.)
So from what we do know, (again, we don’t know the full picture) it seems we will get a healthy mix of old and new. The MCU will never be the same after Avengers: Endgame. Big properties like The Eternals are coming, and we should be excited for the future of the comic book movie.