San Diego Comic-Con 2019 might have been your first time hearing about the -- 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 to get everyone interested in this cinematic debut.of the 's Phase 4 at
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.
Below are confirmed cast members, with more still to come. Gemma Chan is reportedly in talks to appear in the movie (she may not be playing the same character she did in ), as is and star Barry Keoghan.star
- Angelina Jolie as Thena
- Richard Madden as Ikaris
- Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo
- Salma Hayek as Ajak
- Lauren Ridloff as Makkari
- Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos
- Lia McHugh as Sprite
- Don Lee as Gilgamesh
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige introduced the cast and director Chloe Zhao at the July 21 Marvel Studios panel. 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.
Lauren Ridloff, whom you might know as Connie in, will also play the MCU's first deaf superhero. Her character, Makkari, is male in the comics.
But what even is an Eternal, you ask? You've already met one: Endgame. Like and , the Eternals will shine the spotlight on Marvel's cosmic comic characters.. The big purple mass murderer took center stage in and took on a whole bunch of heroes in
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 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 themovies -- most notably the space station Knowhere (actually a Celestial's severed head) and Peter Quill's dad, Ego, (who took a human form) in .
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 Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Blade.
He also dished out some details about thecoming to the : , Loki, The Falcon and Winter Soldier, the animated What If...? and Hawkeye.
Originally published July 22 and updated as news comes in.