It's an open secret that the post-Phase 3 MCU will be very cosmic in nature. The last month saw rumors that Marvel was working on an Eternals movie, and they've finally been confirmed by Feige himself. The Eternals are one of Marvel's many cosmic properties, an evolutionary offshoot of humanity created eons ago by the Celestials. Although the Eternals were originally conceived by Jack Kirby in 1976, their most well-known run was a 2006 relaunch written by Neil Gaiman and with art by John Romita, Jr. Things do sound to be in an early stage, though. "'Eternals is one of many, many, many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about," Feige noted.
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The Eternals would be a perfect fit for the MCU. The Celestials are already an established part of the franchise, with a reinvented Ego playing a major part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. They also have strong thematic ties to Thanos, who is an Eternal with the Deviant gene. It's true that this cosmic race are hardly well-known even among comic book fans, but Gaiman's series in particular is critically acclaimed. Besides, Marvel has already proved that they can make even the most obscure characters work on the big screen.
According to Feige, the superhero Nova is one character who has the "immediate potential" to join the MCU. The Nova Corps are an established part of the MCU, and they're likely to return in Avengers: Infinity War (they're currently the keepers of the Power Stone, which means Thanos will have to cut his way through their ranks).
In the comics, there have really been two prominent Novas; Richard Rider and Sam Alexander. Richard Rider is now an older, more established hero, who wound up on the front lines of galactic wars. Sam Alexander, on the other hand, is one of Marvel's current range of Legacy Heroes. Both wield the power of the Nova Force - and use it to devastating effect against their enemies. Rider is the one who's been name-dropped by James Gunn, but a film could conceivably include both versions.
These are only the characters who have been mentioned recently, but they needn't be the limit. Even before the Fox purchase, Marvel Studios have the film rights to over 7,000 characters, and the fact they're actively discussing an Eternals movie gives a sense of just how deep Marvel are willing to dig into comic book lore. Avengers: Infinity War may be the culmination, but it's also just the beginning.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018