Although Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the next Marvel Phase 4 movie set to release on September 3, 2021, many Marvel fans are already gearing up for Marvel Studios’ November 5, 2021 release — The Eternals.
Created by Jack Kirby, The Eternals first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1976, but the upcoming feature film will be their debut in Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now that popular Avengers franchise characters like Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) finally defeated Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Infinity Saga has drawn to end, allowing the MCU to move in a new direction.
Amid the ongoing controversy regarding Johansson’s Black Widow (2021) being released simultaneously in movie theaters and on the Disney+ Premier Access tier — the actress is suing the studio for a cool $50 million for breach of contract — Marvel has quietly confirmed that The Eternals will, in fact, be getting an exclusive theatrical release.
The news was revealed somewhat discreetly, as there was a new TV commercial for the upcoming film during the Summer Olympics on NBC. It was just a re-airing of the previously shared teaser trailer for the film, only now the commercial ends with “Only in theaters November 5.”
The Chloe Zhao-directed film is officially described as:
Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
The Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harrington.
What do you think about The Eternals releasing only in theaters?