Shortly after a teaser of Marvel Studios’ next major film Black Widow was released, we also got our hands on an official synopsis for their other 2020 film, The Eternals. It still plays coy with details but does reveal when exactly the main plotline of this film will take place and also confirms that the Deviants will play a significant role in the film.
“Marvel Studios’ The 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.
The outstanding ensemble cast include Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as the cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayak as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-coul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as the aloof longer Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena. Kit Harrington was cast as Dane Whitman.
“Directed by Chloe Zhao, who helmed the critically acclaimed Sundance film The Rider, and produced by Kevin Feige, The Eternals opens in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2020
Marvel Studios did not hold back when getting together what may be one of their most impressive ensemble casts to date with this film. Besides the incredible casting list, there are some interesting tidbits one can pull from this synopsis. Quite surprising that they describe the Eternals as a team of superheroes as it is the name of their race. We know that the film will heavily feature the MCU’s untold history on how the Eternals were able to hide away. Yet, now we also know that this will take place after Avengers: Endgame. Now the question remains if the history of the Eternals will mainly be showcased through flashbacks throughout the film or if we get quite a bit of lore at the beginning.
Also, the Deviants are described as mankind’s ancient enemy rather than that of the Eternals. This may work as a massive reveal regarding the Deviant’s influence on human history. It would be quite fun for them to play around with how both factions affected major key events in our history shaping the MCU towards its heroic era. The Endgame tie-in might also hint at the actions of Thanos being a key player in the return of these alien races This makes sense given that he has strong ties to both races in the comics. The synopsis does not reveal how exactly Kit Harrington‘s Dane Whitman will fit into the plot so it will be interesting to see what the first trailer ends up revealing.
What do you think of the synopsis? Are you excited about The Eternals?