So, What’s The Deal With The Eternals?
On the 5th of November this year - theoretically speaking, things like release dates are more like horoscopes at this point - the world will be introduced to the Eternals. They don’t exactly rank among Marvel’s A-list in terms of name recognition, but it seems that Disney and Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brain trust are banking a lot on them being a crossover hit in the manner of Guardians of the Galaxy.
And with Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao at the helm, and a seriously heavyweight cast - including the likes of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry and Richard Madden - they could potentially be right!
But first things first - who exactly the heck are these guys and gals?
Legendary comics creator Jack Kirby invented them in the 1970s after returning to Marvel, having had his epic mythological sci-fi series New Gods cancelled by DC before it could conclude. Clearly still in a crazy mythological sci-fi frame of mind, he created the Eternals, a similarly epic saga encompassing all of recorded history, infused with psychedelic, religious and space opera elements. The story never concluded (what, not again!!!!!), but the characters were incorporated into wi…
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