For the past decade, the Avengers have been the Marvel Cinematic Universe's premiere superhero team. And while Earth's Mightiest Heroes have been defending, well, Earth, the Guardians of the Galaxy have been holding down the fort as far as space is concerned. However, the cast of Marvel Studios' upcoming Eternals film believe they're the real Marvel movie team to beat. Their reasoning: they're not just heroes, they're gods.
During an interview with Variety at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Eternals cast members Barry Keoghan, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry and Kumail Nanjiani were asked what exactly sets their characters apart from the MCU's other superhero teams. Said Keoghan, "We're legends. Legends."
The cast of #TheEternals explains why they're the most powerful superhero group in the Marvel universe (and yes that includes the Avengers) #D23 #TheEternals https://t.co/eh6n1iAGLS pic.twitter.com/eYalECnO9d— Variety (@Variety) August 24, 2019
"It's in the title. We're eternal," Henry added. "That's exactly it. We're here to save humanity. And we built humanity and we're here to save humanity because, sometimes, you know, in this world we live in, things don't always go as planned. And we are gods, in a way."
"In a way," Nanjiani agreed. "Without us, there would be no Avengers, there would be no Guardians of the Galaxy, there would be no galaxy. So, you're welcome, Chris Pratt's character."
When asked about a potential battle between the Eternals and Marvel's other on-screen teams, Henry responded, "We're gods. If they wanted to throw down, they wouldn't win. But it's all good. Not trying to start no beef, no street beef." Nanjiani then interjected, "But we could destroy them."
Of course, the tone of the interview suggests the Eternals' digs at the Avengers and Guardians are all in good fun. After all, at the end of the day, they're all on the same team. With that in mind, however, it should be interesting for Marvel fans to see just how much Eternals ups the ante when the film arrives next fall.
Directed by Chloé Zhao with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The film arrives in theaters Nov. 6, 2020.