RUMOR ALERT: This information is just a RUMOR at this point, so take it with a grain of salt.
Once again, Angelina Jolie’s name has surfaced in connection to a Marvel Studios film project. Back in 2015, her name was rumored to be among those tossed out to direct ‘Captain Marvel’ (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck wound up tackling that job). And she was reportedly being sought by Fox to portray the character that Jessica Chastain ended up playing in ‘Dark Phoenix’. Now the latest buzz is that Jolie is being sought to star in Chloé Zhao‘s ‘Eternals’, one of the few movies known to be in the works post-‘Avengers: Endgame’. Disney had no comment on this RUMOR, but it is expected that after ‘Endgame’ comes out, fans should start finding out more about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Zhao is directing based on a screenplay by brothers Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo.
In the comics, the Eternals are nearly ageless beings created by cosmic entities the Celestials, who also created their evil counterparts, the Deviants. These beings were devised by Jack Kirby after he returned to Marvel in the 1970s, after leaving to work at DC for a time.
If I had to guess, I’d say that Jolie is probably being courted to play Sersi, an Eternal who has the power to transmute matter, who has a tendency to turn humans into animals. Sersi is based on Circe, the witch in classic Greek epic poem ‘The Odyssey’ who attempted to turn Odysseus and his sailors into pigs once she had lured them to her seemingly perfect island home.
At one point, it was believed that Sersi’s romance with Eternals leader Ikarus would be a major plot point, but it has since been revealed that Marvel will use ‘Eternals’ to introduce a gay lead character, with many speculating that this would be Ikarus. But once again, that’s a RUMOR and speculation, on top of that, so this may not be true.
There’s also no guarantee that the gay character will be male. Jolie is known to be sexually fluid, so who’s to say that Sersi won’t be presented as something other than heterosexual?
In Jolie’s favor, she has a successful relationship with Disney, and recently wrapped the sequel ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’. She also has ‘Come Away’, a Peter Pan prequel (not by Disney) wrapped. She is currently attached to star in ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, to be directed by Taylor Sheridan, based on the novel by Michael Koryta.
Would you like to see Angelina Jolie star in ‘The Eternals’?