The following contain unmarked spoilers for all Marvel Cinematic Universe works preceding this movie. Read at your own risk.
Eternals is a 2021 sci-fi/superhero film co-written and directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), and based on the Marvel Comics series The Eternals initially created by Jack Kirby. It is the 26th theatrical film and 30th overall installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the seventh installment of Phase 4.
For thousands of years, a race of immortal superpowered beings known as the Eternals have secretly been assisting humanity throughout their history, while never directly interfering with it. But in the wake of the events of Avengers: Endgame and the apparent disbanding of Earth's mightiest heroes, an unexpected tragedy forces a group of Eternals to come out of the shadows in order to defend the planet from their evil counterparts, a monstrous race known as the Deviants.
The film stars Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
The film is scheduled to release on November 5, 2021.note
Eternals provides examples of:
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: According to Ajak in the Official Teaser, the Eternals have watched over humanity for millennia but for the most part have not interfered in their development until the present.
- Ancient Astronauts: The Eternals are seen coming to Earth in a Prometheus-style ship in the official teaser, and settling into Earth and living throughout its history.
- Boyish Short Hair: In the official teaser, Sprite wears her hair in a short style that when combined with her more masculine clothing choices makes her easy to mistake for a boy at first glance.
- Continuity Nod: During the dinner scene at the end of the Official Teaser, Sprite brings up the question of who will be the new leader of the Avengers, what with Iron Man dead and Steve Rogers having seemingly disappeared. Ikaris jokingly says he could do so, which leads to the rest of the table cracking up.
- Cool Ship: In the Official Teaser, the Eternals arrive at a village overlooking an ocean cliffside in a V-shaped flying ship that has glowing runes on it and can turn invisible.
- Gender Flip: Makkari, Sprite, and Ajak are male in the comics, but here they're played by female actors.
- Instant Runes: Whenever the Eternals use their abilities in the Official Teaser, golden runes appear.
- V-Formation Team Shot: The official teaser shows the Eternals standing in this manner, with Ajak at the center.