Rumors have long-suggested that Marvel is apparently toying with an Eternals movie, something Kevin Feige has confirmed is in some stage of development. That's not too surprising after Avengers: Infinity War, considering it technically includes the first reference to them in the MCU. The film reveals the history of the Eternals' homeworld of Titan, reinvented as a barren, doomed world in the movies. It also name-drops Thanos's father, A'lars, while a vision of pre-crisis Titan confirms that the Eternals of the MCU don't all look like Thanos.
It's currently unknown how Marvel will adapt the Eternals to fit the MCU, not least because Thanos's MCU backstory is radically different. How did some Eternals survive to the present day, and why does Thanos believe his race to be extinct? Or will the movie instead actually be set in the past, exploring Thanos's history and giving a glimpse of a doomed race?
2015's "Secret Wars" event saw Marvel introduce their first all-female Avengers team, dubbed "A-Force." The team featured a wide range of prominent female superheroes, from She-Hulk to Medusa, from Captain Marvel to Nico Minoru of the Runaways. The last few months have seen growing rumors that Marvel are considering an all-female ensemble film, and the actors have done their level best to fan them into flame. Tessa Thompson has suggested Marvel's Kevin Feige is "really excited by the idea." Phase 4 is definitely going to see the MCU's gender balance problems addressed - Wasp is clearly becoming a major character, next year will launch the new Captain Marvel franchise, and Marvel are working on a Black Widow film. The time certainly seems ripe for a female super-team.
But things have already begun in Avengers: Infinity War. The Battle of Wakanda includes one stunning scene that seems almost like a trailer for an A-Force film; it sees a handful of Marvel's strongest warrior women - Okoye, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch - team up against the Black Order. It's a thrilling sequence, reminding every viewer that Marvel's women can kick ass just as well as the men.
Marvel movies are full of secrets, so it's likely some future-minded clues in Avengers: Infinity War have been so hidden they're yet to be found. Even so, what's abundantly clear is that the "culmination" isn't really the end.
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