RUMOR: We May Know When We'll See The ETERNALS In The MCU Again

RUMOR: We May Know When We'll See The ETERNALS In The MCU Again

Rumors persist that an Eternals sequel is still in development at Marvel Studios, but we're now hearing that the characters may return to the MCU in a different project altogether...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 25, 2024 02:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Eternals

Marvel Studios still hasn't officially announced a sequel to Eternals, but rumors persist that a second film is in development - though, understandably, it may not be a priority for the studio right now.

MCU sequels are a regular occurrence, of course, but Eternals is the only Marvel Studios movie to drop to "rotten" status on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and the divisive superhero epic finished up its U.S. run with a disappointing $164.9 million, giving it the lowest domestic haul of any MCU-set movie aside from 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($134M).

Even so, the first film left quite a few dangling plot threads that still haven't been addressed (that giant Celestial sticking out of the ocean, for one), and it's difficult to imagine Kevin Feige would simply decide to forget about these characters.

Now, Alex Perez from My Cosmic Circus is reporting that the Eternals sequel is still in the works, but has been put on the "back burner" for the time being. However, he believes that all of the characters - presumably even the likes of Ikaris and Ajak who were seemingly killed off in the first movie - will return down the line, and we will see them next in animated form in the upcoming Marvel Zombies Disney+ series.

These will almost certainly be Variants of the android heroes introduced in the movie, but the show may still give us some idea of what Marvel Studios has in store for the characters going forward.

Marvel Studios’ Eternals follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who had protected the Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.

The outstanding ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, with Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, with Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena.

What did you guys think of Eternals? Was it unfairly maligned upon release? Drop us a comment down below, and click here to find out what we made of the film.

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MadThanos
MadThanos - 6/25/2024, 2:39 PM
Only Kingo, please.
QuietStorm
QuietStorm - 6/25/2024, 2:46 PM
@MadThanos - Kingo Hive stand up! User Comment Image
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 6/25/2024, 4:37 PM
@QuietStorm - User Comment Image
Alright jokes over guys, you can come out now......... seriously do yall want the actor back in therapy?
ItsNotForMeWahh
ItsNotForMeWahh - 6/25/2024, 2:39 PM
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Goldboink
Goldboink - 6/25/2024, 2:46 PM
@ItsNotForMeWahh -
That would be soon enough for me
TheNewYorker
TheNewYorker - 6/25/2024, 2:53 PM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - word!
RedFury
RedFury - 6/25/2024, 2:43 PM
I guess the beauty of the Eternals with them being androids is no matter how many times they die, you can bring em' on back as long as Arishiem and his robo factory are still kicking. It would actually be pretty interesting in that the Eternals that have died would get a fresh start, but still carry the weight of what their past selves have done. So even if it's a new Ikaris, could the team really trust him knowing that he's capable of betraying them? It's a cool avenue to go down if they ever get their second chance on the big screen.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 2:48 PM
@RedFury - agreed

It allows that version of Ikaris to maybe even go down a more heroic route then his predecessors
RedFury
RedFury - 6/25/2024, 2:57 PM
@TheVisionary25 - yeah exactly, which would create some rather interesting internal conflict for him. I'd be pretty rattled if I knew that I have the potential to go against the people I love and trust. It would probably make me go extra hard on being the best version of myself I could be.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 3:03 PM
@RedFury - yep

Not sure the direction someone like Ajak or Gilgamesh could go but I wouldn’t mind more Salma Hayek or Don Lee.
RedFury
RedFury - 6/25/2024, 3:11 PM
@TheVisionary25 - more of the two of them the better. Gilgamesh was actually my fav of the bunch. They could probably play up the fact that Thena would still have feelings for him, but he'd have literally no recollection of it. Though that might be a little close to the Gamora and Quill storyline.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 3:15 PM
@RedFury - Yup although I have to assume the plan will be if they do a second film, after some/all have been downloaded into new avatars, all the remaining spares will be destroyed somehow.
RedFury
RedFury - 6/25/2024, 3:20 PM
@Apophis71 - it would definitely add more permanent stakes to their stories if that safety net was removed for sure.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 3:26 PM
@RedFury - Ikaris was my favorite but Gilgamesh had his fun moments too

You might be right that might be too similar to that Guardians story though
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 3:28 PM
@RedFury - That is what I am thinking and could be as simple as Arishem himself destroying them after he has 'judged' the actions of those he took (who will ofcourse likely be saved or escape).

I enjoyed the film anyway and look forward to seeing what they do with the IP, shame the failed Inhumans show made them reluctant to do the same with it as would have worked better as a show cos too much trying to be crammed into a film timeframe, needed at least twice as much screentime a show would have given. That isn't to say I can't see all the flaws with pacing etc folk take issues with as well as the version of Deviants they went with as that is all true but...
RedFury
RedFury - 6/25/2024, 5:22 PM
@Apophis71 - I like that, it's be a full circle kind of thing. Arishiem both creates, and destroys the Internals. Especially if the Internals have a hand in the demise of their own copies.

I think a show would have suited them well too. You can have team up episodes, and solo episodes show their journeys through time on earth and their effect on the planet without rushing through it all. I enjoyed the film as well, even with its faults. I think the main issue was the deviants, without them I believe it could have been a much better film.
CerealKiller1
CerealKiller1 - 6/25/2024, 2:43 PM
Marvel already said at least Ikaris was in the Marvel Zombies show, that’s been confirmed for nearly two years, they even showed an image of him at the panel when they announced the show

So…I don’t really get what the actual news is here?
Forthas
Forthas - 6/25/2024, 2:49 PM
The thing to do is to have the Eternals intervene in a War between Asgard and Olympus to get them to help stop the Celestials. This can redeem Thor, Zues, and all of the Eternals in an epic saga that is consistent with the comics.
Vigor
Vigor - 6/25/2024, 3:00 PM
@Forthas - ohhhh
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 6/25/2024, 3:08 PM
@Forthas - That's a solid idea!
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 6/25/2024, 3:11 PM
@Forthas - That is a solid idea!
mountainman
mountainman - 6/25/2024, 3:14 PM
@Forthas - Bring on the pantheon! Let’s just make sure if they bring Zeus back, he’s a completely reinhard character from that travesty we got in L&T.
Forthas
Forthas - 6/25/2024, 3:17 PM
@mountainman - "Travesty" is putting it mildly!
mountainman
mountainman - 6/25/2024, 3:29 PM
@Forthas - I don’t care if it’s Marvel or something else, I want to see an epic movie depicting a full on battle between different mythological pantheons in my lifetime. I really hope that Percy Jackson on D+ isn’t the closest we get to that (although I don’t know if the pantheons cross over in those books or not). And I hope they go deep and not just pull from European gods. Marvel has already introduced gods from the Americas and Africa.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 3:34 PM
@mountainman - After beig humbled by a 'lesser god' it would be easy to explain and do a more brutal/serious Zeus.

As fun as some may have found him in L&T it was a total disservice to the character but can be passed off as drunk with power and forgiven (by most) if he comes back as the powerhouse he should be with a WAY more dramatic approach we KNOW Russel Crowe can pull off.
mountainman
mountainman - 6/25/2024, 3:48 PM
@Apophis71 - If they redeemed the character I could forgive it (although I will never for the rest of my life watch that terrible movie for a second time). Maybe he was drunk with power and hadn’t faced a real threat in millennia. But that’s IF they redeem him and completely change the character from what we got.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 3:56 PM
@mountainman - Oh for sure, unlikely to watch the film again either and they HAVE to fully go all in on fully redeeming him as the top dog of the pantheon he should be.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/25/2024, 3:06 PM
Isn’t it rumored that Tiamut will play a big role in Captain America:Brave New World (it was also mentioned in She Hulk aswell)?.

People really need to have patience man , they want all the answers & shit now smh.

I’m glad that they are still developing a sequel even if it’s understandably on the back burner for now but I hope it happens..

I thought the first one was just decent but it land the groundwork for a series that has potential imo.

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Spike101
Spike101 - 6/25/2024, 3:07 PM
I actually enjoyed the movie, true it’s a bit slow in places and the gay item did nothing for it but it’s very well made. The cinematography is amazing, it lays the foundations for several stories still in the pipeline like Galactus, the Black Knight and Star Fox.
MarvelousMarty
MarvelousMarty - 6/25/2024, 3:10 PM
The general public have no interest in The Eternals. A sequel will never happen.
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 6/25/2024, 3:11 PM
The characters have been introduced, now I think they should probably exist as side characters in other films. I don't think they can carry their own film. Heck, they can barely carry their own comic.

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DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/25/2024, 3:29 PM

Just bring them back for all the shenanigans in Avengers 5 & 6.

Then pepper individual characters in other movies as appropriate.

Something to do with Galactus or Annilihus would be good.

bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 6/25/2024, 5:59 PM
@DocSpock - I was thinking the same thing. I wouldn't be surprised if Galactus is gonna be part of Celestial lore, and with Annihilation I kinda just was see every cosmic character be part of the united front
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/25/2024, 6:04 PM
@bkmeijer1 -

I too am hoping for this sort of thing. Also thinking outside the box, how about after the X-Men show up, what happens when the Brood or the Shi'ar come calling?




Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/25/2024, 7:06 PM
@DocSpock - I could see Xmen facing the Brood very early on, Lockhead merch potential is too great for Disney to not want to get included ASAP and doubt they would JUST make do with it being created by Magik for Kitty Pryde after telling her a bedtime story, lol
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/25/2024, 10:30 PM
@Apophis71 -

Good point. Mickey the Rat is a huge merch whore.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 6/26/2024, 2:29 AM
@DocSpock - that would be pretty cool to see though. That's a corner I wanna see explored first in a Starjammers project though
sammac13
sammac13 - 6/25/2024, 3:46 PM
Just want to point out that Ant Man and the wasp quantumania was also Rotten on rotten tomatoes. Eternals was the first but NOT the only one
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 6/25/2024, 5:01 PM
I’d be ok if they simply ignored them going forward. I don’t think there would be too much backlash.
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