The Eternals will recontextualize existing Marvel characters
Nate Moore, the producer of Eternals, explains how the 26th film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will recontextualize how fans see existing characters. Based on the Marvel Comics race with the same name, Chloe Zhao directs Eternals. The ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan and Richard Madden, Kit Harington and Salma Jolie. Dong-Seok Ma and Don Lee are also featured in the film. Lauren Ridloff is the producer. The film is part of Phase 4 of the MCU. It will introduce new heroes to the post-Avengers era.
The Eternals will follow the eponymous group, which consists of immortals who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years. The trailers reveal that the Celestials instructed the Eternals not to interfere with human conflicts unless their evil counterparts, the Deviants, were involved. Throughout history, the Eternals were impartial, even Thanos’ attack against the planet in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Iron Man’s defeat of the Mad Titan in the latter led to an “emergence,” which will allow the Eternals to reassemble.
Last year, Screen Rant visited the Eternals, and Nate Moore, the producer, explained how the film would recontextualize MCU characters. The Eternals are more than just well-informed, as they have existed since the WWII events in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). See what Moore had to share below.
It’s no secret that the Avengers are well-known in the MCU. The Eternals swear an oath to non-interference like What Ifs The Watcher. However, they have probably paid close attention and seen things audiences don’t see. The trailer for the first Eternals ends with the Eternals having a family dinner discussing who will lead the Avengers after “Captain Rogers,” Iron Man, and other characters have passed away. Madden’s Ikaris said, “I could lead them,” which prompted laughter from his fellow immortals. The latest trailer shows Ikaris saying, “Eternals assemble.” He is aware of existing characters and a fan (or even envious). This is.
Both the Avengers as well as the Eternals are formed out of necessity. Eternals will outline the backstories of each immortal and their motives, much like the MCU’s initial phase. It is safe to assume that other MCU characters will be made aware of their existence by the events of Eternals. This could happen in a cameo or post-credits scene.
The Eternals may make the Avengers redundant in the MCU. In less than a month, Marvel Studios will unveil a new superhero team with Chloe Zhao, Academy Award winner and blockbuster Eternals. The Celestials sent them to protect humanity from the Deviants. Although the Eternals are some of Marvel’s most powerful characters, they have existed for thousands of years. This is their first appearance.
Marvel Studios has assembled a stellar cast to play the ten main Eternals heroes of MCU. Thena (Angelina Jolie), Makkari, (Richard Madden), Phaistos [Brian Tyree Henry], Ajak (Salma Hayek], Sprite (Lia McHugh), Gilgamesh(Don Lee), Kingo (“Kumail Nanjiani”), Sersi” (Gemma Chan), Drug (“Barry Keoghan”) initially worked together as a unit. After a few centuries, they parted ways and have not been together since. The mysterious Emergence was triggered by Smart Hulk’s (Mark Ruffalo’s) reverse snap in Avengers: Endgame. This forced the team to reunite. Although it’s not clear what this new MCU tragedy is, it sounds severe. The Eternals are now called back to duty.
With a longer runtime than Infinity War, Eternals has a lot of work to do. Given the imminent introduction, the title heroes will soon be known. This is good news to the MCU, as it allows them to explore the characters going forward entirely. But not so for the Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the franchise’s premier superhero team. However, Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War effectively made them galactic heroes. The Avengers’ primary mission is to protect Earth from all threats. The Eternals can now openly act as Earth’s protectors, effectively taking over Earth’s superhero team. The Avengers are no longer necessary since the Eternals, with their diverse powers, could be more efficient in the same task, primarily because they are more powerful.