Who Are the Eternals? An Introduction to Marvel's Newest Superheroes

TVGuide.com | 8/24/2019 | Kaitlin Thomas
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Now that the Avengers have reversed Thanos' (Josh Brolin) Snap and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has successfully taken down Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to close out Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we're staring at a much different version of the MCU than the one we've come to know and love. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has already promised that Phase 4 will look much different, and that starts with The Eternals.

After months of rumors, the first wave of cast announcements for the upcoming Eternals film was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con: Richard Madden is Ikaris; Angelina Jolie plays Thena; Salma Hayek is Ajak; Kumail Nanjiani appears as Kingo; Lauren Ridloff is Makkari; Brian Tyree Henry will be Phastos; Lia McHugh plays Sprite, and Don Lee is Gilgamesh.

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The second wave of casting information came at the 2019 D23 Expo, with Kevin Feige announcing that Kit Harington would play Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight. Also announced to be joining the project were Gemma Chan, who will play Sersi, and Barry Keoghan, who will play Druid.

The film will be directed by Chloe Zhao and will hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2020.

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It's exciting to know who's joining the next chapter of the MCU, but... who exactly are the Eternals? If you don't know yet, that's totally OK. The Eternals aren't as well known as, say, Captain America (Chris Evans) or Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but let's be honest: How many people actually knew who Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) or Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) was prior to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy? You see my point.

So, who are the Eternals?

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Created by the legendary Jack Kirby, the Eternals debuted in Marvel Comics in 1976. Their story is deeply steeped in mythology, as they are a race of godlike beings tied to the very early beginnings of human...
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