Marvel Studios has announced the official release date for The Eternals. Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to a close with this month's Spider-Man: Far From Home, which served as something of an epilogue to April's Avengers: Endgame, but also the bridge to the incoming wave of MCU films. And while much of Marvel's Phase 4 movie lineup will be composed of sequels featuring established superheroes like Doctor Strange and Thor, there are also some newcomers to the franchise.
Among the latter are The Eternals, a group of super-powerful and semi-immortal beings who've secretly resided on earth since its beginnings. Created by Jack Kirby, The Eternals comic books are being adapted for the MCU by acclaimed director Chloé Zhao (The Rider), with the Eternals being portrayed by a cast that's so far said to include Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek, among others. It's long been expected to serve as one of the first movies in Phase 4, too.
The official MCU Phase 4 slate was unveiled today during Marvel Studios' Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and, sure enough, The Eternals made the cut. Marvel announced a November 6, 2020 release date for the film at its SDCC panel, and went on to confirm its central cast (which includes all of the aforementioned names, and more). You can check out the movie's official logo below.
A less competitive November release date makes sense for Eternals (as it's now officially titled), seeing as it's a non-sequel based on a relatively lesser-known Marvel comic book property. The November frame has served MCU films like Thor: The Dark World and Doctor Strange well in the past (as far as the box office is concerned), and should do the same for Eternals in 2020. At the moment, the movie is set to open against Sony's animated musical Vivo in theaters, and will arrive two weeks before Warner Bros. and Denis Villeneuve's big-budget Dune adaptation opens stateside.
Eternals will be the first non-sequel released as part of Phase 4, just ahead of the newly-announced Shang-Chi movie (which opens in February 2021). The pair are now confirmed to be joined by Doctor Strange and Thor sequels - titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder, respectively - in addition to the already-filming Black Widow, which will kick things off in 2020. Suffice it to say, between Eternals and everything else announced at SDCC, Phase 4 has the makings of a pretty exciting and ambitious venture for Marvel on the big screen alone (to mention nothing of its Disney+ series).
Source: Marvel Studios