isn't the only movie delayed as a result of the . has been pushed back to Feb. 12, 2021, after Marvel owner Disney opted to into Eternals' original Nov. 6, 2020, slot.
Eternals previously had a "The" in its title, but Disney's Aug. 27 release calendar removed it (and confirmed that the movie hasn't been further delayed). This prompted a tweet from director James Gunn, who joked that Marvel let him use "the" for . Chloe Zhao is the Eternals' director.
"My friends at @MarvelStudios did me the favor and gave me the 'The.' Thanks, guys!" Gunn tweeted.
Gunn signed on to direct The Suicide Squad forafter Disney fired him from . He's since been , but will finish his work on the DC movie before returning for the Marvel threequel.
Who are the Eternals?
They're the next superpowered group to join the MCU, and Marvel Studios has assembled an impressive cast -- including Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and-- to get everyone interested in the 25th MCU movie.
The official synopsis arrived Jan. 16 and noted that the Eternals are "ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years."
"Following the events of, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, The Deviants," it reads.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on Jan. 23, Nanjiani emphasized how different Eternals is from other Marvel movies and gave us a sense of its scale.
"It's a superhero story, but in some ways, it's the most sci-fi of all the Marvel movies and it's the most epic of all the Marvel movies," the actor and comedian said. "And the story spans thousands of years."
In December, a Brazil Comic Con Experience crowd was some art featuring a third group, the massive Celestials.and saw the heroes in costume. Last summer, Marvel Studios concept artist Rodney Fuentebella shared
Who's involved with the movie?
- Angelina Jolie as "fierce warrior" Thena
- Richard Madden as the "all-powerful" Ikaris
- Kit Harington as Dane Whitman
- Barry Keoghan as "aloof loner" Druig
- Gemma Chan as "humankind-loving" Sersi
- Kumail Nanjiani as "cosmic-powered" Kingo
- Salma Hayek as "wise and spiritual leader" Ajak
- Lauren Ridloff as "super-fast "Makkari
- Brian Tyree Henry as "intelligent inventor" Phastos
- Lia McHugh as "eternally young, old-soul" Sprite
- Don Lee as "powerful" Gilgamesh
The character descriptions are from Marvel's official synopsis -- poor Dane Whitman is apparently too boring for any hype. Or maybe he's just mysterious.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige introduced the cast and director Zhao at the Comic-Con Marvel Studios panel last summer. Zhao's previous film, The Rider, got a score of 92 out of 100 on CNET sister site Metacritic.
The movie will reunite Harington and Madden, who played 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.
In December, Nanjiani revealed the fruits of his training -- and the intense regime required to maintain it -- to play swordsman Kingo in some Men's Health photoshoot.. In March, he to pose as Wolverine ( ) and other iconic movie characters for a
"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."
Lauren Ridloff, whom you might know as Connie in first deaf superhero. Her character, Makkari, is male in the comics., will also play the MCU's
But what even is an Eternal, you ask? You may have already met one: Endgame. He's an Eternal in the comics, but we don't know yet if the same is true of his MCU counterpart.. The big, purple mass murderer took center stage in and took on a whole bunch of heroes in
Likeand , Eternals will shine the spotlight on Marvel's cosmic comic characters.
What is the history of 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 San Diego Comic-Con 2019 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, 2019, and updated regularly.