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CBMB: Marvel Sets Writers for an Upcoming ‘Eternals’ Movie

By Muuka Muyumba

Marvel has reportedly set up Blacklist screenwriters Matthew and Ryan Firpo to write a pass on the recently discussed Eternals film debut, an adaptation of the classic Marvel title from Jack Kirby.

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The Eternals only recently cropped up on fanboys and girls radars when Feige announced that Marvel is investigating developing the cosmic title. In the comics, the race of superhumans was essentially Marvel’s answer to the New Gods from over at DC Comics, which was also created by ‘King Kirby’, kicking off in July 1976.

The Celestials, whom we’ve already seen in the movies in characters like Ego and in the cosmic scenes from The Guardians of the Galaxy. The Celestials are an omniscient group of god-like beings who created The Eternals as an off-shoot of humanity to defend Earth from destructive warriors called The Deviants.

Recently, we’ve also seen the introduction to aspect of the lore of The Eternals with the backstory of Thanos, a 3rd generation Eternal himself, in Avengers: Infinity War as Thanos’s homeworld Titan is a major setting in the film.

Much of the drama of the Eternals saga takes place millions of years ago, but no word on where a movie might take place. The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to plot its historical timeline with several looks back at the past. The Eternals could be tell the story of how Thanos came to be such a threat to the universe.

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By the time Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters in July of 2018, Marvel will have released and marketed 4 major blockbuster films in the span of 10 months. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is constantly being peppered by questions of Marvel’s future on big screen, and the press has had a particularly difficult time at nailing down when Marvel is headed despite a fairly compressed press tour schedule since November 2017. That doesn’t also include questions about The Disney/Fox merger either.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose spec script 'Ruin' shot to the top of the 2017 Black List, have been hired to adapt the Jack Kirby-created comic book.

“It’s all about getting Infinity War finished and out, starting Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Untitled Avengers, the next Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3,” Feige told EW. “These are the ones that are keeping us busy. When and how that deal with Fox finishes and comes together and we’re told, ‘Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,’ is when we’ll actually start thinking about it. I will say just the notion of having what, frankly, most other companies with [intellectual property] have all along, which is access to all of their characters, that would be fun.”

The Firpos are best known for writing a spec script called Ruin which reportedly has Gal Gadot attached to star. Despite all the excitement surrounding this news, Marvel may be looking at its first title that may be a bit too obscure to sate audiences beyond their core fans. The Eternals is a concept that Marvel has tried to tackle before as with the Inhumans which they ultimately shifted from movie project to the TV world for a near-death experience. The Inhumans were Marvel’s chance to have an X-Men-like group of characters, but ultimately proved to be another group of superpowered outerspace characters with a unique family and royal structure like The Eternals.

When I hear the description of the Eternals I wonder what the hook might be considering how much the MCU has relied on fans connecting to personalities. When you deal with obscure, regal, superpowered aliens, I wonder what’s the hook. Why would fans flock to something so obtuse.

That being said, I thought the same of The Guardians of the Galaxy, and that has proven to be one of the most successful franchises in the MCU. Marvel as a ton of cache after making almost $4 billion within the first 6 months of 2018. No word on when Marvel might start work on The Eternals or when we could expect it in the theaters.