Marvel Brings Screenwriters On Board For ‘Eternals’ Project | Film News
With the events of Avengers: Infinity War in the rearview mirror, and potentially some last hurrahs for major characters in next year’s Avengers 4, Marvel is already looking towards the future where the MCU will look a lot different. While we don’t yet know for sure who won’t be coming along for the next phase, we’ve got a good idea of some of the new faces.
The studio has reportedly set their sights on Eternals as one of their next major franchises, and they have now recruited screenwriters Matthew and Ryan Firpo to adapt the comic book originally created by Jack Kirby. The duo earned industry attention last year when their spec script, Ruin, landed on the 2017 Black List.
The Eternals are one of the less well-known creations in the Marvel canon, but they do have an important link to the current MCU: Thanos, their most famous son. They are a race of genetically modified beings created millions of years ago when the Celestials experimented on humans, and are locked in eternal battle with their destructive counterparts, the Deviants.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (to be distributed by Sony rather than Disney) the only confirmed post-Avengers 4 movie, it’s a bit of a mystery how the MCU will look in just over a year’s time.
MCU boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that that Eternals is “one of many many many things that [they] are actively beginning to have creative discussions about”, but is keeping a tight lid on specifically what those projects are.
There’s the rumoured standalone, overdue Black Widow movie which recently had some traction, and Feige also added that we might see the studio “trying whole new swings with stuff that most people never heard of”, which sure sounds like Eternals to me, which makes total sense considering the link to Thanos and his current relevance.
It seems that any major Marvel details will be kept tightly under wraps until Avengers 4 is wrapped up, and until then we’ll have to over examine the snippets of info like this that get through. It’s a mysterious and exciting time to be a Marvel fan.