Marvel's New 'Eternals' Trailer Is A Beautiful Trip In Ancient MCU Lore
It may be common knowledge that the MCU's heroes span the Earth, outer space, and even several dimensions, but it seems their history on this planet actually dates back to the earliest days of humanity -- at least according to Marvel's brand new official teaser for Eternals. Set to hit theaters on November 5, fans were finally able to catch a glimpse of Eternals' star-studded cast in action. Directed by Nomadland's Chloé Zhao, who recently nabbed the Oscars for Best Picture and Director at the Academy Awards last month, Eternals features Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Don Lee, and Richard Madden, making it one of the MCU's most diverse – and arguably celebrity-filled – casts to date, The Verge noted.
Although staying relatively opaque about the upcoming film's plot, the brand new teaser focuses on the fact that the MCU's newest band of heroes are actually old as hell. “We have watched and guided. We have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders,” Ajak, played by Hayek says in a voiceover during the trailer, featuring the film's heroes living throughout various points in human history. “Throughout the years, we have never interfered — until now.”
Although it's unclear what, exactly catalyzes a group of immortal aliens to go from passive observers into active participants in humanity's evolution, odds are it's probably pretty bad, especially if there's a film about it.
Despite the fanfare and social media hype surrounding the trailer, garnering nearly 500,000 views on YouTube within hours of appearing online, as fans on Twitter marveled at the film's beauty, Eternals has had a contentious history within the world of Marvel comics.
The series' original comic book run – the Eternal's longest run to date -- was canceled after only 19 issues, with the company even taking a Riverdale approach in 2003, rebooting the series with all sorts of gore and nudity only to get the axe after just six issues, Cracked contributor, Maxwell Yezpitelok wrote earlier this month. With other attempts at reviving the series spectacularly failing, all of story's heroes were ultimately killed in a 2018 Avengers comic, meaning that all of our heroes were canonically dead when the MCU adaptation was first announced the same year, proving the multiverse is actually pretty darn useful. However, the franchise's series is looking somewhat hopeful, for the first time in its immortally questionable existence -- aside from the highly-anticipated film, Marvel's latest attempt at bringing Eternals back to the page has been seemingly going well, Yezpitelok noted.
So folks here's to hoping that first time (on the big screen) is the charm for this Marvel series – in these trying times, we could all use some more Angelina Jolie and Gemma Chan.