Phase 4 is about to take the MCU to another level.
In the latest (and final) trailer for Eternals, the mission for the new post-Avengers super-team is finally revealed. Having been ordered to never interfere in the Earth’s conflicts unless creatures known as Deviants were involved, the Eternals finally come out from hiding after thousands of years for that very reason — the Deviants are on the loose.
As Salma Hayek‘s spiritual leader Ajak tells fellow Eternal Ikaris (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones, Cinderella), the sudden Endgame re-appearance of all the people that Thanos snapped away back in Infinity War has caused an energy surge that has apparently triggered “the emergence” of these Deviants.
More aspects to this expanding mythology are hinted at as the trailer teases the Eternals getting back together from where each has been hiding, some of the unique powers, along with glimpses of the Celestials, cosmic beings who created the Eternals.
In the official synopsis, Marvel explains it this way (along with listing the cast of characters):
- 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.
As of now, even in the wake of some fall movies either considering or confirming delays in their release dates, Eternals (directed by Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao, Nomadland) is still scheduled to launch worldwide as planned — exclusively in theaters — on November 5, 2021, one year after it was originally slated to premiere before it was shelved (along with nearly everything else in 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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