Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Marvel Studios’ ‘The Eternals’ Movie Gets a Director

Marvel Studios’ ‘The Eternals’ Movie Gets a Director

Recently, Marvel killed off the Eternals in Jason Aaron's Avengers comic. Marvel chief Kevin Feige produces from a script penned by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.

IndieWire reports that Chloe Zhao will be the first woman with a sole directing credit on a Marvel Studios film, as Captain Marvel is being co-directed by Anna Boden with her male directing partner.

For the movie-going audiences unfamiliar with the source material, the basic premise of the Eternals characters is that they are creations of the Celestials, all-powerful beings that we've briefly seen in the cosmic MCU films before. Marvel is no doubt looking to expand its franchise holdings after that, though, and since the Inhumans were used in a poorly received ABC television series, the Eternals could fill the need for another superteam in the universe. Chloe Zhao has been chosen to bring Jack Kirby's characters to life. Zhao was one of the directors vying for Marvel's upcoming Black Widow solo movie, and while she lost out on that job to Cate Shortland, the studio was apparently impressed enough with her to hand her this project instead.

Zhao made a name for herself directing film festival hits Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider, which told stories set in a Native American reservation and the South Dakotan badlands, respectively.

Created by Kirby in 1976, The Eternals are characters inspired by Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods, which explored ancient gods as aliens. That film's sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, expanded the lore further with the introduction of Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell), father of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), who was an immensely powerful Celestial.

"One aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans."

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