The Cast Of Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Want To Take On The Avengers – ‘We Would Destroy Them’
Over the past decade, The Avengers have dominated the Marvel Cinematic Universe and grossed billions of dollars worldwide at the box office. As everyone knows, the original six went out with a bang in Avengers: Endgame, as it became the highest-grossing movie of all time.
But now, the MCU is changing as it heads into Phase 4, and a new team with new storylines is ready to take over. The Eternals is already generating some serious buzz, and some of the actors and actresses in the new Marvel group believe they could not only take on The Avengers, but they could destroy them.
They’re here to save humanity
Even though many MCU fans don’t actually know much about The Eternals, they are ready for a new team of superheroes. There are some major names attached to the project – like Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington – and the options are endless when it comes to where the story will go and which villains they will fight.
Fans have to wait more than a year before they see The Eternals in action on the silver screen. But, at the recent D23 Fan Expo, star Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos) made it clear that if The Eternals had to fight The Avengers, they would crush them.
“It’s in the title, we’re eternal. That’s exactly it. We’re here to save humanity,” Henry told Variety. “We built humanity and we’re here to save humanity because, you know, sometimes in this world we live in, things don’t always go as planned. And we are gods, in a way.”
He added that if The Avengers “want to throw down,” The Eternals would win. However, Henry says he’s “not trying to start no beef, no street beef. But, we would destroy them.”
Who are The Eternals?
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige understands that fans aren’t familiar with The Eternals, but he doesn’t believe that will be a problem because many Marvel Comics characters are not household names before joining the MCU.
“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,” Feige explained to Cinema Blend. “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.”
Jack Kirby created The Eternals for Marvel Comics in the 1970s. And, even though they aren’t technically gods, the Celestials did create them and they have been on Earth for millions of years. The Eternals are humanoids who experimented with early humans, and they are considered an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth.
Kumail Nanjiana, who will play master swordsman Kingo Sunen says that the Eternals are so powerful, there would be no Avengers without them, and there would be no galaxy.
“So, you’re welcome, Chris Pratt’s character,” said Nanjiana.
A diverse, star-studded cast
During Disney’s big presentation at the D23 Expo, they broke the news that Kit Harington will star as The Black Knight in The Eternals, which came as a shock to Jolie. The Oscar-winner told Entertainment Tonight backstage after the announcement that Marvel has been so secretive about the project that she had no idea Harington was joining the cast.
Other cast members include Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Barry Keoghan, and Gemma Chan. However, Chan will not reprise the role of Minn-Erva from Captain Marvel. Instead, she will play an entirely different character, Sersi, which is incredibly rare in the MCU.
Hayek says that each character in the film is ‘beautiful in different ways,” and she is like their mother. “They’re my children, I know them all,” explained Hayek.
The Eternals will also feature the first openly gay character and the first deaf character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Eternals will hit theaters on November 6, 2020.