Once Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home are out of the way, Marvel Studios will turn their attention towards The Eternals, which sounds like it’s going to define the future course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With immortal characters and a plot that may span millennia, the film will dive deep into the history of the galaxy and perhaps even lay the seeds for the arrival of mutants in the MCU. Currently, the project’s still in pre-production and though we don’t know much about what’s being planned just yet, it does seem as if things are moving along quite well.
That’s because casting is now underway and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in The Eternals. The Oscar-winning actress is apparently ready to get into the superhero movie game and she’s looking to do so by taking a lead role in the Chloe Zhao-directed film.
Details on who she’d be playing are being kept under wraps, but THR notes that the pic will feature a love story “between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.” Whether or not Jolie will be bringing Sersi to life, we can’t say, but it’s hugely exciting to hear that she’s on board and her involvement bodes very well for The Eternals.
As comic book readers will know, the Eternals are a different species of human – in much the same way as homo neanderthalis differs from homo sapiens. Unlike Neanderthals though, they have cosmic energy which more or less makes them immortal and gives them a pretty powerful set of abilities, including super strength, flight and a variety of psychic powers.
Some folks think that Marvel Studios will use the film to bring the X-Men and mutants into the MCU as well, with the Celestial race having apparently been teased in the comics as being the ones responsible for inserting the X-gene into the human race. Chalk that up as speculation for now, but as soon as more on The Eternals and Angelina Jolie’s role in it emerges, we’ll be sure to let you know.