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Marvel Releases Action-Packed First Teaser for Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Eternals’

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Marvel Studios has released an official teaser trailer for the upcoming film, The Eternals. The Cinematic Universe’s newest super team will premiere in theaters on November 5, directed by Oscar-winning Nomadland director Chloe Zhao.

According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in an interview with Variety, the Eternals story is “very bold and very ambitious, sprawling 7,000-year story of humanity and our place in the cosmos.” The official plot description for the film reads:

The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena. Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman.

Henry’s Phastos is Marvel’s first openly LGBTQ superhero, while Ridloff’s Makkari is Marvel’s first deaf superhero.

Zhao actually approached Marvel about making a film with them, Variety reports, and was first in the running for Black Widow. Ultimately, she joined The Eternals, based on a comic by Jack Kirby, and argued for practical effects and locations to be central to the film. “I had to keep saying, ‘This is right out of a camera; there’s no VFX work to this at all!’” Feige told Variety of an early cut of footage from the film shown to Disney execs. “Because it was a beautiful sunset, with perfect waves and mist coming up from the shore on this giant cliffside—really impressive stuff.”

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

In a recent interview with Variety, Hayek spoke glowingly about the upcoming film. “I think a lot of people are going to feel seen, and that’s important, and that’s what matters,” she told the outlet. “It’s not diverse for the sake of being diverse. It’s the way [Chloe Zhao] chose every single one of us that really creates a family for the purpose of the Eternals. For the purpose of the film. It doesn’t feel forced.”

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