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Marvel's Eternals movie with Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie explained

D23 reveals that another Game of Thrones actor is joining the cosmic Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure, and gives us the first look at the movie's stars in costume.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel

The Eternals gather at San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee and Lauren Ridloff.

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The wild unveiling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 or its showing at Disney's biannual D23 convention might be the first time you've heard about the Eternals, with a film set for release Nov. 6, 2020. They're the next superpowered group to join the MCU, and Marvel Studios sure has assembled a superpowered cast -- including Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Gemma Chan -- to get everyone interested in this cinematic debut. 

Below are confirmed cast members, with more still to come.

Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige introduced the cast and director Chloe Zhao at the Comic-Con Marvel Studios panel on July 21. Her previous film, The Rider, got a score of 92 on CNET sister site Metacritic. But it's also a naturalistic indie film, a far cry from the effects-driven banging and crashing of a Marvel movie. She'll no doubt bring a cool sensibility to the Eternals.

The movie will reunite Kit Harington and Richard Madden, who played cousins Jon Snow and Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Gemma Chan was previously seen in the MCU as Captain Marvel's Minn-Erva, but Sersi is a separate character.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel

Jolie, who'll play Thena, greets the audience in San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H on July 21.

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Lauren Ridloff, whom you might know as Connie in The Walking Dead, will also play the MCU's first deaf superhero. Her character, Makkari, is male in the comics.

On Aug. 15 we got a hint of how the movie will look, when Marvel Studios concept artist Rodney Fuentebella shared some art featuring the massive Celestials.

But what even is an Eternal, you ask? You've already met one: Thanos. The big purple mass murderer took center stage in Avengers: Infinity War and took on a whole bunch of heroes in Endgame. Like Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy, the Eternals will shine the spotlight on Marvel's cosmic comic characters. 

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Ikarus will be played by Richard Madden. You know he's an intense character because he's shooting eye-beams into the sky on the cover of the sixth issue of Marvel's 2008 Eternals comic series.

Marvel Comics

Who are the Eternals?

Thanos may be the only Eternal we've seen on screen, but 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.

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. 

We've already seen a few Celestials in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies -- most notably the space station Knowhere (actually a Celestial's severed head) and Peter Quill's dad, Ego, (who took a human form) in the second Guardians flick.

For more on the characters from the comics, check out our sister site ComicBook.com's detailed explainer

What else is coming in Phase 4?

Feige gave us plenty of other movies to salivate over during the MCU panel: Black Widow, Thor 4: Love and ThunderShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Blade

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He also dished out some details about the Marvel TV shows coming to the Disney Plus streaming service: WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and Winter Soldier, the animated What If...? and Hawkeye. 

Originally published July 22 and updated as news comes in.