Angelina Jolie as Thena in Marvel's 'Eternals'

Marvel's First Eternals Teaser Is All Kinds Of Glorious

The sheer star power in this video is jaw-dropping.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a singular success story in movie-making history. No franchise in film history has ever created a series of 20+ interconnected movies in which every single one is a box office success. But with every new movie, the MCU faces the possibility of the first failure in this high-wire act. But that doesn't mean the company is playing it safe. In fact, the details about Marvel's upcoming movie Eternals indicate it represents a swing for the fences of such immense proportions, it will be a ~marvel~ to see the company pull it off.

But then again, Marvel turned a franchise with a sweary raccoon and a monologos tree into one of the most popular trilogies in the whole pantheon. Doubters, to the left.

So, what are the Eternals? Well, they're no weirder than the Guardians gang. This ensemble represents some of the most powerful creatures in the Marvel universe. They are timeless, ageless, immortal, and have seen a lot in their 7,000+ years on Earth. The Celestials created them as the original "Defenders of Earth." Perhaps proving their shared strange DNA, the Celestials previously turned up in the GOTG films. (Ego, Starlord's father, is one. Also, the city of Knowhere exists within the severed head of a deceased Celestial.)

Here's what we know about Eternals so far:

Marvel's Eternals Teaser

Although Eternals finished filming way back in February 2020, the coronavirus pandemic shutdown delayed its release by a full year. That means Marvel has been biding its time. On May 3, Marvel released an overview of Phase 4, highlighting all the films to come from July 2021 onward. That trailer included several shots from the forthcoming Eternals trailer, giving fans their first look at the ensemble team in action.

But Marvel was saving the good stuff for the full Eternals teaser. Released on May 24, the two-minute clip introduces the entire Eternals’ team, all 10 of them, giving a good look at Sersi, Ikaris, Ajak, Thena, and Kingo. It also let fans get a glimpse of the group chemistry as they banter over dinner about stepping up to help the now-leaderless Avengers.

Marvel's Eternals Cast
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If the Eternals are timeless and ageless, that meant casting some serious A-list talent. Once you bring aboard one A-list Oscar winner, suddenly you're casting an entire crew of people who either are at that level or have that kind of talent.

Here's a rundown of the star-studded cast and who they play:

  • Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians) plays Sersi, an empath who can manipulate matter. Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview with Variety she is the film's lead character.
  • Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted) plays Thena, a warrior capable of forming weapons out of cosmic energy.
  • Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) plays Ikaris, the flying, cosmic energy projecting fighter with superhuman strength.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) plays Kingo, a fame-obsessed narcissist who can create cosmic energy projectiles.
  • Salma Hayek (Frida) plays Ajak, a healer and the Eternals' spiritual guide.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) plays Phastos, an inventor who secretly guides the human race's technological advancements.
  • Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) plays Makkari, a sonic boom creating super-speeder. She'll be the first deaf superhero in the MCU canon.
  • Lia McHugh (The Lodge) plays Sprite, the preteen Eternal who creates lifelike visual hallucinations.
  • Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) plays Druig, the group misanthrope who can control minds.

On top of that, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays the human swordsman Dane Whitman.

Marvel's Eternals Plot
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Eterntals is directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, so you know it's going to be good. Currently though, the Eternals official synopsis doesn't give much away:

After an unexpected tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Eternals — an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years — reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

So, what are the Deviants? Like the Eternals, they were created by the Celestials, but not purposefully. They were byproducts of the creation process, a mutant offshoot. The Celestials initially let them multiply as food for the Eternals, like sentient cattle.

But the Deviants proved to have superpowers of their own and formed not only society but also religion. (They worship the Dreaming Celestial, which they call "He Who Sleeps in Darkness.") They claim their god gave them dominion over Earth and battled the Eternals for it far in the past. Since losing that war, the Eternals have guarded the planet in peace.

Marvel's Eternals Release Date

Initially, Eternals was planned as the second film to arrive as part of Phase 4 and the third title overall, following The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. Its original release date was Nov. 6, 2020. The shutdown pushed it back twice, first to March 2021 and then to November.

It will now be the third big-screen release of Phase 4 and the ninth title overall when accounting for Disney+ TV series releases. It will arrive in theaters on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.