Bleeding Cool has a scoop from a reliable source that claims Marvel Studios has been meeting with writers to develop an Eternals film. But just who are the Eternals?
Jack Kirby left Marvel Comics to go to DC where he created New Gods (which conveniently has a film in development at Warner Bros. with Ava DuVernay attached to direct). However, DC cancelled the series before it was finished and Kirby went back to Marvel and created The Eternals, a fictional race of humanity and an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth, which focused on a lot of the same material and issues New Gods had used. That series was also cancelled before its story was told, although later writers have attempted to finish it.
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies have focused on some elements tied to The Eternals, so a film would not be out of the question. It would also fit into the plans for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as both Kevin Feige and James Gunn have talked about the MCU going more cosmic beginning in Phase 4.
Just when could we see Eternals? Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is first out of the gate for post-Phase 3 films with a July 2019 release. Marvel Studios has snagged three 2020 release slots, so Eternals could easily take one of those. However, we know that sequels to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and a solo Black Widow film are in the works, so perhaps 2021 seems more optimistic.
We won’t really know for sure until after Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 when it becomes clearer just how many characters we have come to love will be gone.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27, 2018.