The character descriptions are from Marvel's official synopsis -- poor Dane Whitman is apparently too boring for any hype. However, he becomes sword-wielding hero Black Knight in the comics, so maybe the company is just keeping that quiet.
The movie reunites Harington and Madden, who played Jon Snow and Robb Stark in Game of Thrones.
"It never crossed my mind to be in a Marvel movie. I guess that I thought that boat had sailed, and it was an absolute shock," Hayek said in a May interview with Variety. She also told the publication that she was one of the first ones cast for the movie.
Chan was previously seen in the MCU as Captain Marvel's Minn-Erva, but Sersi is a different character.
"Sersi is not your typical superhero: She's not necessarily the best fighter, she doesn't have the most obviously impressive powers. The main thing is she's an empath," Chan told Vogue in August. "She has a connection with humans, and with the world and the earth. That is her strength, so I leant into that."
Separately, she said working on Eternals was a very different experience than on Captain Marvel, which employed more studio work and blue screen. Eternals was filmed in the Canary Islands and England, so it uses real environments and mostly natural lighting, as previously reported by IMDbrief.
"I would not have been able to do this if I didn't have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world," he wrote in his original Instagram caption. "I'm glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time."
His character was also showcased in Parking Spot, a Lexus promo set in the MCU and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (who helmed Avengers: Endgame).
Eternals offers two major firsts for the MCU: Brian Tyree Henry, from Godzilla vs. Kong, plays Phastos -- the first openly gay superhero in the MCU. And Lauren Ridloff, whom you might know as Connie in The Walking Dead, is the MCU's first deaf superhero. Her character, Makkari, is male in the comics.
Aside from blitzing through a bunch of Marvel movies on Disney Plus, there's also an augmented reality app you can try out. The 10-minute iOS exclusive experience is a walk-around diorama of characters, along with their origin stories, that sees Sprite appearing in your home like a hologram.
What's the Eternals' history in the comics?
Eternals have a comic history that stretches back to 1976. They were dreamed up by Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, after he created the very similar New Gods for DC six years earlier. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told the Hollywood Reporter that the movie pays tribute to the late artist, who died in 1994.
"The whole movie is a love letter to what one man was able to do with a pencil, sitting at a little desk on the East Coast," Feige said at the Eternals premiere on Oct. 18.
In the comics, they're an evolutionary offshoot of humanity living on Earth who possess greater powers and have longer lifespans. The Celestials, a group of space gods, created them to defend Earth. The current series, from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Esad Ribić, kicked off in January 2021.