Stranger Things star / powerful badass Millie Bobby Brown is reportedly in talks to join The Eternals – the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By in talks, I mean Variety’s caught whiff of a lil’ something-something which 99 per cent of the time ends up being ~ officially ~ announced days, weeks, months later.
SO, phase four of the MCU will focus on The Eternals. The gist? Some five million years ago, the almighty godlike entities known as The Celestials created the Eternals and their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Imagine them as an even stronger version of the Avengers, with more cosmic energy. Since their time of creation, the Eternals and Deviants have been locked in a ferocious battle… and BAM, you have another long-ass movie franchise.
According to Variety, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is tipped to announce the official cast lineup of The Eternals film at the annual San Diego Comic-Con this month (July 18 – 21). Earlier this year, both Angelina Jolie and Bodguard and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden copped the “in talks” treatment for roles in the movie. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter quoted a source who said “one aspect of the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fuelled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.”
Then, the rumour mill kicked in and said the internet’s eternal boyfriend Keanu Reeves is also reportedly in talks for a role. Then again, a very keen Feige did actually say Marvel “talk to him for almost every film we make” so if we don’t see him in The Eternals, maybe we’ll see him in something else.
Other details are thin as hell but we do have a director for the movie, Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brothers Taught Me).
Other Marvel titles expected to be announced / talked about at San Diego Comic-Con include a sequel to Doctor Strange, the third Guardians of the Galaxy, a sequel to Black Panther, and the standalone Black Widow movie… which is interesting considering, uh, what happens in Avengers: Endgame.
Curious times at Marvel HQ.Image: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer