Kevin Feige Is Glad ‘The Eternals’ History Is Shrouded in Mystery: Here’s Why

What do we know so far about Marvel’s The Eternals? The upcoming superhero soiree will feature a star-studded cast, including Angelina Jolie, Game of Thrones alumni Kit Harington and Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, and more. The tale will trace a race of immortal beings who lived on earth and shaped its history across civilizations. 

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Recent reports also indicate that the movie will span 7,000 years, making the film one of the largest cinematic and narrative ventures the MCU has ever dared to approach in a single installment. The movie will definitely be a spectacle; however, beyond the basics, many MCU fans are not familiar with these characters, as they would be, say, with Captain America or Hulk. 

In simple terms, The Eternals do not represent flagship Marvel characters (those non-comic book aficionados are moderately versed in) like Spider-Man. Meaning, much of what’s to come remains a mystery; expectations remain high, but not specific. And, Kevin Feige is happy about this! 

Kevin Feige talks mystery surrounding ‘The Eternals’

Kevin Feige has been pleasantly surprised with fan reactions to The Eternals, as he has noted that many are inquisitive but not utterly informed about every single aspect of the characters’ existence, as is sometimes the case. Feige stated:

Your reaction about not being familiar with the Eternals is perfect, because most people weren’t familiar with Guardians [of the Galaxy] and believe it or not there were people that were not familiar with Avengers or with Iron Man…So for us, its finding great stories whether people have heard of them or not and bring them to the big screen in as amazing a way as we can.

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Feige seems thrilled that he gets to bring a story as massive as The Eternals to the silver screen — a story that covers thousands of years and world history as we know — without relying on established familiarity.

Marvel Studios has built such a name for itself that it can take risks with its heroes and its villains. Feige and Co. built the MCU on heroes not as well known as Superman and Batman, and it continues to thrive on lesser-known names, bringing unique characters and narratives into the spotlight for all to admire. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Eternals will be tasked with exciting viewers and drawing them in for future installments. 

The upcoming Phase 4 movie will present an entirely new set of heroes, who may come to carry the torch in later phases; meaning, this movie has to be a hit. We have to feel connected to the characters. We have to yearn to know more upon exiting the theater; otherwise, an entirely new set of heroes may fail to keep viewers hooked on the ever-expanding MCU universe. However, such a turnout doesn’t seem likely with Kevin Feige behind the operation. And, if history repeats itself, these unfamiliar heroes will quickly become familiar, and hop on the express train to beloved.