Marvel's THE ETERNALS Movie Could Have Fun Exploring The Myths and Legends For Ancient Times of the MCU
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has already confirmed that one of the films that they been developing is The Eternals. Whether or not that will be a film included in Phase 4 has yet to be seen. I hope it is, though! A film involving The Eternals could be so cool! It seems like something that they will eventually want to explore.
While talking to Screen Rant, Feige opened up a bit about the potential of the movie, and how much fun it would be to use it as a way to explore the history and mythology of the MCU.
Screen Rant: Jack Kirby tied Eternals a little bit into the Greek mythology. I didn't really realize that until recently with Hercules and a few of the other characters. Is that something that you would kind of like bring to the table with that film?
Kevin Feige: Well, one of the cool things about that property and what Jack Kirby did with it and what's been done with it in recent years is it does tie into they're called Eternals, they've been around for a long time. You know? There's this notion of all of these myths and legends that we know from ancient times, were they inspired by the Eternals?
Screen Rant: Right.
Kevin Feige: Were they Eternals? It's a very ... you know, it's an ancient aliens kind of sci-fi trope that we think would be fun to explore someday.
That's exciting! A movie that would explore the ancient myths and legends of the MCU would be incredibly fascinating. It would be so different from any of the other Marvel movies. There's a million years of backstory that Marvel could explore through The Eternals! That's a whole new separate Marvel franchise of its own.
Disney CEO Bob Iger previously mentioned a Marvel franchise beyond The Avengers and fans have speculated that The Eternals could be it. Regardless, it seems like Feige will want to move forward with it at some point one day.
I loved Jack Kirby's style on this comic series and I would love to see that brought to life in film form. In the comics, "the saga of the Eternals began millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered and near-immortal beings and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants. The two races moved behind the scenes throughout human history while also engaging in Game of Thrones-style cosmic powerplays."
It was previously reported that the studio hired writers Matthew and Ryan Firpo to work on the script. It was also rumored that the story would focus on a female Eternal known as Sersi, who can manipulate cosmic energy to grant herself virtual immortality, invulnerability, and reshape the molecules of other people or objects. A couple of the other characters that the report suggests could be included are Ikaris, who "is fueled by cosmic energy" and Thena, who is "often mistaken for the Greek goddess Athena."
We'll just have to be patient and see how things shake out.