Even as fans eagerly await the Avengers: Endgame release, Marvel Studios is quietly organizing itself for the imminent rollout of “Phase IV” of the MCU, which will begin this summer with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Another project on the upcoming MCU slate that has appeared out of left field is The Eternals, a film about a secret race of superpowered beings that created by the Celestials to have exceptionally long lives.
The Eternals has been dropping some casting news as well as character hints for the last few weeks, with the biggest announcement that Angelina Jolie will be starring in the film. There previously has been a lot of speculation about who Jolie’s mystery MCU character would turn out to be. And now it seems that we have confirmation that Angelina Jolie is indeed playing the role of Sersi!
The Hollywood Reporter dropped this exclusive news that the Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani is joining The Eternals, and even buried in that report was this little mention:
“Angelina Jolie is understood to be playing the character named Sersi, a more outgoing Eternal who hasn’t been afraid to movie amongst humankind.”
For those unfamiliar, Sersi is an Eternal of the 4th generation (that confusing lineage is a whole other story). She was born in Olympia, Greece, in the ancient world of Earth after the fall of Lemuria and Atlantis. She’s distinct from her fellow Eternals since she actually enjoys being around humanity. Eventually, Sersi leaves the hidden city of The Eternals and goes to live amongst mankind.
In the comics, Marvel has since used Sersi’s virtually-immortal lifetime as a vehicle for having the character be tied to key points in history, such as the inspiration for the part of Homer’s “The Odyssey;” sealing the evil demons trapped in the Pandora’s Box; key incidents in Rome, Camelot and other such historical periods tied to both human development and Marvel’s superheroes. In the modern age, Sersi has joined The Avengers. And she eventually fell in love with Dane Whitman, the Black Knight. She’d also go through a major period where her mind and powers were dangerously unstable, making her a threat to the team as much as an asset. Ultimately she would kill herself along with rest of the Eternals, upon learning from the arrival of the Dark Celestials that The Eternals weren’t created to be humanity’s protectors, but instead the Celestials tool for harvesting humanity’s genetic potential.
In addition to the enhanced strength, flight, reflexes, intelligence, and durability of an Eternal, Sersi has cultivated her power of transmutation, able to rearrange the molecular structures better than any other Eternal before her. She has often masked this power as sorcery or illusion casting (depending on the era), but her power is virtually limitless.
Angelina Jolie as Sersi, a powerful woman who is wise from centuries of lifetimes lived amongst humanity sound pretty spot-on for the actress. No doubt die-hard Marvel fans are curious to see if Jolie would also some with the Sersi’s signature talent for dance, perfect over centuries of practice.
Avengers: Infinity War is available on Netflix while Captain Marvel is in theaters now. Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5.
GOT Star Kit Harington Joins the MCU, Casts as Black Knight in The Eternals
Just a few days ago, a report from Deadline surfaced saying Game of Thrones star Kit Harington would be joining the MCU. Now, it has been officially revealed the actor will be playing Dane Whitman in Marvel’s The Eternals due out next year. His character might be better known to fans as Black Knight, the wielder of Marvel’s iconic Ebony Blade.
The character of Dane Whiteman was first introduced to the Marvel Comics universe in 1967 as the nephew of the villainous Black Knight, who passed the mantle onto Dane and asked him to restore his honor to their legacy. Then Black Knight has joined forces with various superhero teams throughout Marvel Comics history, including the Avengers and the Defenders. Still, it is unclear how Black Knight will fit into The Eternals since he is not an Eternal himself. However, it is no doubt a significant role for Kit Harington to nab coming off the final season of Game of Thrones.
For the uninitiated, Black Knight is another superhero moniker used by more than one character through the vast Marvel history – Dane Whitman just so happens to be the most famous character to pick up the sword. First appearing in The Avengers #47 as himself before becoming Black Knight in The Avengers #48, Whitman’s genius-level intellect with all kinds of gadgetry at his disposal. He is also a master swordsman, and that allows him to put the Ebony Blade – a mystical sword – with ease.
Coincidentally enough, Dane Whitman has also been involved in a romantic relationship with the Eternal Sersi, starring Captain Marvel star Gemma Chan. Her situation is also the first time that a major actress has played two big roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Originally, the famed Ebony Blade was supposed to appear in Doctor Strange, although propmaster Barry Gibbs previously admitted that it was pulled from the final cut from the movie.
“It was [going to be in the film],” Barry Gibbs said when the sold black blade was pointed out. “That’s going to go into a book called the Lexicon of Relics, but the Ebony Blade was taken out of the script. I don’t know why. Again, as things evolved, it was not pertinent to the script. Things just moved on.”
The Eternals is set to arrive on November 6, 2020. Are you excited to see Kit Harington join the MCU?
Keanu Reeves Reportedly In Talks to Star in Marvel Studios’ The Eternals
According to a recent report, it sounds like John Wick could bring his particular set of skills to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though there is a lot of fan art clamoring for Keanu Reeves to join Marvel Studios as the new Wolverine, it is possible that the actor could be taking on an entirely different role altogether.
As fan site MCU Cosmic reports, Keanu Reeves is currently in talks to join the cast of The Eternals from director Chloe Zhao. Keanu Reeves would be joining Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, an Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming Marvel flick that will continue to expand the cosmic side of the franchise.
Though MCU Cosmic does not reveal what part Keanu Reeves could possibly be playing, they do note that he hasn’t yet signed on and that the talks are still underway. Apparently, Marvel Studios is seeking Keanu Reeves out to join their film.
The Eternals is one of the mysterious projects in the pipeline from Marvel Studios. It’s one of the few confirmed movies we actually know is coming out. Meanwhile, producer Kevin Feige is excited to see it happen, as he explained to Bionic Buzz last year.
“You are reaction about not being familiar with The Eternals is perfect, because most people were not familiar with Guardians [of the Galaxy] and believe it or not, there were people that weren’t familiar with Avengers or Iron Man,” the president of Marvel Studios said. “So as for us, it’s finding great stories whether they’ve heard of them or not and bring them to the big screen in an amazing way as we can.”
During promoting Captain Marvel earlier this year, Kevin Feige also reiterated those points.
“Eternals are one group. We like the idea of introducing an ensemble and doing an ensemble film from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. And more like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people,” Feige previously told Collider. “You were asking about the ‘60s and ‘70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense and amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years. And that is also something we have not really done, which is why among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”
However, keep in mind that this is the same source that claimed Avengers: Endgame was going to be titled “Annihilation.” and Deadpool would likely show up next in a Disney+ series or the third Spider-Man film. That said, anything is possible. Stay tuned!
“The Eternals:” Angelina Jolie Reportedly in Talks to Star in the Marvel Film
The Eternals is aiming to be one of the most interesting projects going into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the introduction of the cosmic group will open up the fictional world in some interesting ways. And if a new report is any indication, a pretty big A-lister, Angelina Jolie, could be joining the project.
According to THR, Angelina Jolie is now in talks to make her debut in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, The Eternals. However, it’s unclear exactly what role Jolie would be playing, but this would make her the first cast member officially to join the film.
Angelina Jolie is a pretty notable name within the entertainment world, with her filmography including Girl, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Interrupted, and Maleficent. And this is just the latest example of her being tied to the world of Marvel, with rumors circling back in 2015 that she was being eyed to direct Captain Marvel.
In 1976, Jack Kirby created the Eternals after he returned to Marvel Comics following a stint with DC Comics.
While at DC Comics, Jack Kirby created the New Gods. However, the comics were canceled before Kirby could resolve all of the plots he had in place. The Eternals was thematically similar to the New Gods but failed to find its audience, and it was canceled before Kirby could finish his story. Though the group might not be as well-known amongst casual Marvel Comics fans, these tied to the MCU have argued that that is exactly why they are perfect for the film world.
“Your reaction about not being so familiar with the Eternals is perfect because most people were not familiar with Guardians [of the Galaxy]. Believe it or not, some people weren’t familiar with Avengers or Iron Man,” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said during last year’s interview. “So for us, it is finding great stories whether people have heard of them or not, and it can bring them to the big screen in as an amazing way as we can.”
Chloe Zhao will direct The Eternals, with production expected to begin later this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the part of this film will revolve around the relationship between Ikaris, a man who is fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.
So, what do you think of Angelina Jolie possibly starring in The Eternals?
Currently, Captain Marvel is in theaters. The blockbuster will be followed by Avengers: Endgame on April 26, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5.