Jack Kirby's Eternals are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel isn’t saying much about the Marvel Phase 4 slate at the moment, but they’re keeping lots of possibilities open. One of those possibilities is The Eternals, a group of immortal ancient aliens offshoots created by Jack Kirby.
“Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate,” Kevin Feige told The Wrap, before acknowledging that Ant-Man & The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man 2 are still taking up “90 percent of our time.”
But that other ten percent? “We’re starting to go, ‘What’s going to be best?’ And some of that is you can take cues from everything we’ve done in the 22 movies before those — which is sequels to existing characters, new interpretation of existing characters and trying whole new swings with stuff that most people never heard of. So there are writers coming in on lots of different projects and lots of different ideas. And you’ll only start to hear more and more of it.”
Of course, Feige isn’t really saying a hell of a lot, here. Especially considering how coy Marvel Studios has been about any of the Marvel Phase 4 movies beyond their untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.
But The Wrap also has further details, indicating that “multiple screenwriters have taken meetings” looking to craft an Eternals movie that focuses on Sersi, an immortal who chooses to live among humans and who can manipulate matter at the atomic level. When Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. took on The Eternals in 2006, Sersi was a central character, albeit one who didn’t remember her immortal heritage. It’s easy to see how that could make for a central character in a movie.
And now, The Hollywood Reporter has word that Marvel has hired writers for The Eternals movie. Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose Black List script Ruin has made waves, will write the screenplay.
We’ve already seen other Eternals concepts appear on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy, where one of the Celestials had a brief appearance in the first movie. The problem, of course, is that the last time Marvel tried to adapt one of Jack Kirby’s more out-there concepts, it was The Inhumans, which was a spectacular failure on TV after floundering around as a potential movie for several years. Of course, it’s all about the execution, and depending on who they bring on, anything can work. But in the meantime, it doesn’t even sound like The Eternals is officially one of those nine untitled Marvel movies currently on the schedule between 2019 and 2022.