Marvel released the teaser trailer for the superhero-ensemble movie Eternals on Monday, May 24. The movie is directed by Chloé Zhao and stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Gil Birmingham, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
The Oscar-winner Director, Chloé Zhao is the second woman and first woman of colour to win the Academy Award. The Marvel Comic Universe (MCU) title released is going to be very important for her as she is making her debut with the comic studio.
Back in 2019, MCU announced its Phase Four plans at San Diego Comic-Con and mentioned the Eternals as the upcoming feature.
Who are the Eternals?
Eternals date back to thousands of years when aliens called the Celestials experimented on humans and created superhumans Eternals and a villainous race of Deviants, according to the Marvel Comic Universe. The Eternals protected and guided the first of the civilisation of humans on earth and lived a secret life. Later, they went away to explore other planets according to the comics.
Teaser trailer out
The teaser trailer for Eternals was released by Marvel Studios on May 24. It introduced many new characters of the MCU and indicated the possible conflict between Eternals and Deviants.
Eternals’ cast and characters
The new movie stars an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Gil Birmingham, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
We will see a group of superheroes with superhuman abilities. Salma Hayek’s Ajak is a wise and spiritual leader of the group. Angelina Jolie is cast as the fierce warrior Thena. Kumail Nanjiani is seen as Kingo, the one with cosmic powers who lives among humans and Gemma Chan’s Sersi among others.
The teaser trailer gives a reference to Captain Rogers, Iron Man and the Avengers thus we know that the story is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The immortal alien race created by the Celestials comes forward to protect and help mankind.
It is set thousands of years ago when Eternals come to earth and help ancient humans to establish civilisations and societies, in a fictional world (of course). They lead a secret life among humans without any interference in the human world. They come back to protect the life on earth from their ancient enemies, Deviants.
The movie also includes a female-led cast in which the male comic character of Ajak is seen to be played by Salma Hayek. It will be the first MCU movie to display a same-sex physical intimacy and an openly gay couple.
More on the teaser
The trailer opens with a scene with the coming of Eternals on earth where they help humans to establish civilisation. The cinematography seems eye-catching giving a supernatural treat to the audience. The teaser is 2:07 minutes long, giving us ample information as to what can be expected out of the feature.
A lot of mythological and historical reference is expected to be found in the movie since the teaser displays the start of a civilisation where we find humans bowing to the Eternals as if they were gods. In all, the new Marvel feature seems interesting and engaging in its first appearance.
Catch the trailer for Eternals here.
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