Meet the Eternals: A guide to Marvel's 10 new heroes
The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps getting bigger.
Avengers: Endgame may have closed out one Marvel chapter, but a new one has begun. Directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, the long-awaited Eternals hit theaters on Nov. 5, 2021, bringing some of Marvel comics' strangest and most memorable characters to the big screen.
The Eternals are a fascinating part of comics lore, first dreamed up by Jack Kirby in the 1970s, when he returned to Marvel after briefly working for rival DC. (In fact, the Eternals share some similarities with DC's New Gods, which Kirby created while working there.) The Eternals are essentially idealized, humanoid aliens from the planet Olympia, genetically engineered by the godlike Celestials. These particular Eternals were sent to Earth by the Celestials to fight against the evil Deviants and defend humanity, and they've been silently keeping watch for the last 7,000 years.
EW has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film, and as part of that, we talked to the cast about their new additions to the Marvel pantheon. Whether you're new to the MCU or you've read every Eternals comic Jack Kirby or Neil Gaiman ever wrote, here's your in-depth breakdown of the film's major players.
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