‘The Eternals’: The Extreme Measures Marvel Is Taking to Prevent Spoilers and Leaks

Marvel Studios’ web of secrecy is so thick, it could rival the webs Spider-Man shoots. Although The Eternals, due out in a little less than a year, is not one of the better-known Marvel properties, the security levels reportedly match those of the Avengers franchise.

If people want to know more about The Eternals, the best place to turn to is social media. There’s even a Twitter account dedicated specifically to The Eternals’ secrets. And even the information there is somewhat vague.

‘The Eternals:’ MCU Movie of Mystery

Angelina Jolie of Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019.
Angelina Jolie | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Up until now, all 23 of Marvel’s movies have been leading up to or sprang from the Infinity War/Endgame story. After introducing the core Avengers of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye in Phase 1, Marvel set up characters whose story may not be directly tied to the Avengers, but whose characters would play pivotal roles: Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, et al. It was all part of Marvel’s famous interconnectivity. 

Phase 4 opens with Black Widow, finishing unfinished business with that character. And, for the first time in a while, Marvel will be telling a story about characters who are not the Avengers. Or are they?

At first, the Eternals, a race of god-like celestial beings, have nothing to do with Earth’s mightiest heroes, especially since the Eternals story begins in the very, very distant past. However, befitting their name, the Eternals live a very long time, and one of the key figures, Sersi, eventually hooks up with the Avengers. 

Having blown up the original configuration of the Avengers, Marvel may be slowly but surely building their way back to a new configuration of the Avengers, making that group live on as the be-all and end-all of the MCU, long-living gods be damned. 

Why is Marvel being this secretive?

Marvel actors joke all the time about how they can’t say this, that or anything else about whatever they’re working on. Elizabeth Olsen told Jimmy Kimmel that when Marvel President Kevin Feige summoned her into his office, she thought she might be busted for letting something slip. (It turned out to be related to WandaVision.)

Marvel is up to its old tricks, with a Reddit thread reporting

“2 Facts:

“Eternals script is being treated like Endgame’s was.. whatever is in the script is huge and they don’t want any of it getting out.

“Shooting was so serious that they would pick up all the extras at a private location and drive them personally to sets.”

A lot of fans guessed that Thanos might be somehow involved. Yes, we saw him get dusted at the end of Endgame, but a bunch of other Marvel heroes got dusted in Infinity War, and they came back too. So who’s to say the Mad Titan isn’t due for a resurrection of his own? 

Other fans on Twitter pointed out that the Eternals gave rise to the X-Men, so some are guessing this is how the former Fox heroes could come into the MCU. On the other hand, Feige previously said it would be quite some time before they show up. 

What has Marvel let out so far?

Here’s what is known for sure: The cast includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Kit Harrington as Dane Whitman and Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo.

It is directed by Chloe Zhao, who made the acclaimed film The Rider. This will mean that both of Marvel’s 2020 films will have solo female directors, with Black Widow being helmed by Cate Shortland. 

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,” Feige said last year in The Wrap. And obviously they have.

It seems Feige and his team are world-building to a new mega-climax, although no one seems quite sure what that is yet. In any case, the Eternals may be obscure now, but Marvel is making sure everyone will want to know about them.