Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that the plan for Phase 4 film The Eternals is to not only introduce the characters as a full group, like Guardians of the Galaxy, but to also to embrace the complexity of the original Jack Kirby stories from the 70s.
“Everything after Endgame, and after Spider-Man: Far From Home, will be different and be unique, as we try to make every film,” Feige told Collider. “But seeing returning characters is certainly something we’re gonna do and want to do. But also introducing characters that the majority of the world has never heard of, much like Guardians, much like Avengers before we made Avengers. And there are lots of them."
"Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers," he continued. "More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people. You were asking about 60s, and 70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”
In an era where comic book films and TV shows are embracing their source material, Feige's comments suggest that Marvel will stick close to the original Eternals comics, while also taking inspiration from how the Guardians of the Galaxy were introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Chloé Zhao with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, The Eternals is expected to be released in theaters in 2020.