One of the bigger questions surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe is who and what will be featured in a post “Avengers: Infinity War” world. The MCU isn’t going anywhere, but a number of their top stars aren’t long for this world, one way or another. As such, Kevin Feige and company are certainly thinking about new franchises. While future “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” and “Thor” installments are iffy at best, they do have “Ant-Man,” “Black Panther,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Spider-Man” sequels on the books. In addition, “Captain Marvel” is likely a new cornerstone character. Still, Feige and Marvel have their eyes on a new ensemble series for their future. If you’ve never heard of “The Eternals,” now might be the time to brush up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is looking to make “The Eternals” one of their next big properties. It’s not just idle chatter either, as a screenwriting team has been hired. Black List cited writers Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo are officially developing a script. Last year, their film “Ruin” was one of the top 2017 Black List entries, so they’ve seemingly got the goods. This series would still be a handful of years off, but it’s clear that a new Phase of the MCU is being planned. Rightly so, too. Feige knows what he’s doing, so it’s only fair to trust in his vision. He’s yet to let Marvel fans down.
Here’s a piece of the THR report:
Marvel Studios has pinned its next potential franchise, the Jack Kirby-created title The Eternals, and is moving ahead with development.
The studio behind Avengers: Infinity War has hired writers Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose spec script Ruin shot to the top of the 2017 Black List, to pen the script for the superhero team adventure.
In comics lore, the saga of the Eternals began millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered and near-immortal beings and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants. The two races moved behind the scenes throughout human history while also engaging in Game of Thrones-style cosmic powerplays.
Among the characters are Ikaris, fueled by cosmic energy; Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans; and Thena, often mistaken for the Greek goddess Athena.
“The Eternals” could be the next version of “The Avengers” for the MCU. It sounds like an epic property, that’s for sure. This will be one of their priorities moving forward, so it’s something to keep a close eye on.