Marvel Studios Eternals, a potential franchise based on creator Jack Kirby’s 1976 original comic book characters, is now being developed by the screenwriting duo of Matthew and Ryan Firpo.
The Firpo cousins made noise in Hollywood for Ruin, a script they developed that landed on the 2017 Black List, the annual survey of the most liked scripts. Ruin, which told the story of a former Nazi that set out to kill the members of his SS squad, generated a great deal of buzz, even drawing Gal Gadot’s attention as she tried to see the film mad at MadRiver Pictures.
As Marvel Studios looks to the future following Avengers 4, the conclusion to a 22-film Infinity Stone-centric story, Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that they will look to expand the settings to other places and other times and Kirby’s Eternals certainly fit that mold. The product of Celestial (seen in Guardians of the Galaxy) interference with Earth’s early evolutionary processes, the Eternals are one of three humanoid species to branch off. Both the Eternals and Deviants lived separate from man, though they weren’t entirely unknown. The god-like Eternals found their way into myths and legends and even into the Bible as gods and heroes; the monstrous Deviants found their way in through different devil/demon myths. An Eternals film could take place in any time period or in multiple time periods, giving Marvel Studios room to grow the franchise.
The studio was rumored to be centering the screenplay around the Eternal Sersi, a one-time Avenger who first appeared in Strange Tales #109 before reappearing in Eternals #3. Outside of the untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Marvel has not announced the titles of films for any of their 8 currently unfilled dates between 2020 and 2022. The studio is doing its due diligence in searching for a director for the Jac Schaeffer penned Black Widow solo film, indicating they could be targeting a July 2020 release; if development on Eternals follows suit, it remains a possibility that it could fill the studio’s November 2020 slot, though date will host a Doctor Strange sequel.
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