Just like when ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was first announced, fans were likely scratching their heads on why Marvel Studios is making a movie about ‘The Eternals.’ Also, like James Gunn’s vision, if this one pays off, we could have a monumental hit on our hands. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was recently asked about the film in an interview and shares that it is just the type of “risk” that the company had bet big on in the past.
With the multi-billion dollar behemoth that practically prints money at this point, it should come as no surprise that the studio is willing to take a risk. Why ‘The Eternals’, though? According to Feige:
“It is a very big movie. It is a very expensive movie. And we are making it because we believe in [director Chloe Zhao’s] vision, and we believe in what those characters can do, and we believe we need to continue to grow and evolve and change and push our genre forward. That’s a risk if I’ve ever heard one.”
The film is set to introduce quite a few new heroes and villains to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and some of them are being played by Hollywood royalty. The cast currently consists of:
- Angelina Jolie as Thena
- Salma Hayek as Ajak
- Gemma Chan as Sersi
- Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, the Black Knight
- Richard Madden as Ikaris
- Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo
- Lauren Ridloff as Makkari
- Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos
- Lia McHugh as Sprite
- Don Lee as Gilgamesh
- Barry Keoghan as Druig
This is an excellent mix of high profile celebrities and newer faces. Honestly, almost every film in the MCU since ‘Iron Man’ has been a risk to once extent or another. ‘The Eternals’ just happens to be one of their larger ones. It’ll be fun to see if it can pay off as successfully as ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Captain Marvel,’ and the other group ensemble of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ have been able to do.
Are you looking forward to ‘The Eternals’? Do you feel that this is a risk for Marvel Studios, or will fans turn out in numbers for anything at this point? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!