All eyes are on Marvel Studios at the moment. They just managed to nab three Oscar wins at the Academy Awards with Black Panther, such as Best Original Score. With Disney+ on the horizon, they are planning to venture into new territory with mini-series that expand the MCU through the streaming service. Of course, they are also about to end their third phase with Avengers: Endgame that will lead the way into a new unknown future. Many well-known characters will be hanging up their cape and it is unsure what we can expect from the studio. 2020 might become their most important year as they prove that the MCU can continue ruling the Box Office with brand new IPs, as we get the release of Black Widow and The Eternals. Director Chloe Zhao is spearheading the project which will introduce the world to a new galactic group of heroes. In an interview for Captain Marvel, Marvel CEO Kevin Feige offered a bit more insight into the project and what we can expect from it.
“Everything after Endgame, and after Spider-Man: Far From Home, will be different and be unique, as we try to make every film. But seeing returning characters is certainly something we’re gonna do and want to do. But also introducing characters that the majority of the world has never heard of, much like Guardians, much like Avengers before we made Avengers. And there are lots of them. Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people. You were asking about ’60s, and ’70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”
It looks like we are going to see a very new incarnation of the MCU moving forward. Feige might be pushing the studio into a more creative route. This may be their way to defy expectations and also play on the whole “Marvel formula” that has been a common criticism towards the studio’s storytelling over the years. Moreover, introducing the world to a group of heroes that span thousands of years is quite a new venture. The Eternals may reveal to us the moment that Knowhere came to exist, how the Asgardians came to be and maybe even why Earth seems to create so many powered individuals. Avengers: Endgame may also tease this history, as Thanos is strongly connected to this race.
What do you think? Are you excited for The Eternals?