Eternals is a 2021 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was written and directed by Chloé Zhao, with Patrick Burleigh also contributing to the screenplay. It stars an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Gil Birmingham, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. In the film, the Eternals, an immortal alien race, emerge from hiding after thousands of years to protect Earth from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
In April 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that a film based on the Eternals had begun development, with Ryan and Matthew K. Firpo hired to write the script in May. Zhao was set to direct the film by late September, and was given freedom to use her own style when making the film such as filming on location more than previous Marvel Studios films. Zhao re-wrote the screenplay, which Burleigh was later revealed to have also contributed to. Starting in March 2019, a diverse cast was hired to portray the Eternals, which includes Marvel Studios' first depiction of an LGBTQ superhero. Principal photography took place from July 2019 to February 2020, at Pinewood Studios as well as on location in London and Oxford, England, and in the Canary Islands.
Eternals is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 5, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.
Marvel Studios' Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
- Gemma Chan as Sersi:
An empathetic Eternal with an affinity for humankind who can manipulate matter. She has been in love with Ikaris for centuries, and poses as a museum curator on Earth. Feige described Sersi as the lead of the film. Chan previously portrayed Minn-Erva in the MCU film Captain Marvel (2019).
- Richard Madden as Ikaris:
The tactical leader of the Eternals who can fly, project cosmic energy beams from his eyes, and has superhuman strength.
- Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo:
An Eternal who can project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands. Enamored with fame, Kingo becomes a popular Bollywood film star to blend in on Earth.Nanjiani wanted his performance to combine the wisecracking attitude of John McClane from the Die Hard film series with the look of Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan.
- Lia McHugh as Sprite:
An Eternal who can project lifelike illusions. Sprite appears to be a 12-year-old child, but she is stronger and cleverer than she looks.
- Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos:
An Eternal and an intelligent cosmic-powered inventor who secretly helps humanity progress technologically. He is the first superhero to be depicted as gay in an MCU film.
- Lauren Ridloff as Makkari:
An Eternal who uses her cosmically powered super-speed to scout planets. She is the first deaf superhero in an MCU film and, as such, she is not affected by the sonic booms she creates.
- Barry Keoghan as Druig:
An aloof Eternal who can use cosmic energy to control the minds of others. He becomes withdrawn from the other Eternals because he disagrees with their interactions with humankind.
- Don Lee as Gilgamesh:
The strongest Eternal who can project an exoskeleton of cosmic energy. He becomes Thena's partner in their exile from the other Eternals.
- Gil Birmingham
- Harish Patel
- Kit Harington as Dane Whitman:
A human warrior who wields a mystical sword.
- Salma Hayek as Ajak:
The wise and spiritual leader of the Eternals, who has aided the advancement of human civilization and is able to use her abilities to heal. Ajak can communicate with Celestials.
- Angelina Jolie as Thena:
A fierce warrior Eternal who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy, and develops a close bond with Gilgamesh over the centuries.
Additionally, Haaz Sleiman portrays an architect who is Phastos' husband, and Ozer Ercan plays a smuggler. Jashaun St. John and Zain Al Rafeea have been cast in undisclosed roles.