Marvel Studios picked The Rider director Chloe Zhao to direct their upcoming The Eternals film.
A report from Variety indicates that after Zhao met with Marvel Studios executives they “moved fast to book her before she landed another job.” Zhao’s The Rider was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige previously confirmed he was developing a movie based off The Eternals in an interview in April:
“Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate. We have started working on what are the films post-phase 3.”
The Variety reports echoes Feige’s previous statements stating, “Marvel sees this as the perfect transition into its next phase along with Captain Marvel.”
The Eternals are an ancient race that were created by the Celestials through genetic experiments on early humanity. They created both the Eternals and the Deviants through their experiments. The two would battle throughout the ages with the Eternals working to protect Earth and even mix with their human cousins.
Early reports about the film indicated it would focus on the Eternal known as Sersi. Sersi is a unique choice because she’s different than most Eternals in the fact that she would actually venture out in the world and live among humanity. On a number of occasions she would actually join the Avengers. In fact, it’s possible Sersi might make a cameo in the upcoming Captain Marvel film. The character played a role in the Kree-Shi’ar War where she attempted to kill the Kree Leader, the Supreme Intelligence. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think that Sersi might be involved in a murder plot against the Kree in Captain Marvel.
Sersi’s power set is formidable. She can lift 20 tons with ease and she has the ability to manipulate cosmic energy which grants her virtual immortality and invulnerability. She can also project cosmic energy from her hands and eyes. However, her greatest strength is her ability to psionically rearrange molecular structures of objects. She can manipulate matter on the subatomic level.
If Sersi doesn’t make an appearance in Captain Marvel, it’s possible she could appear in Avengers 4. In comic lore, Thanos is actually a Deviant. It’s possible that Sersi would be motivated to take action against Thanos following his use of the Infinity Gauntlet which erased half of all living life in the Marvel Universe.
How do you think they will introduce Sersi? Will she first appear in this Eternals movie or will she get a cameo in Captain Marvel or Avengers 4? Are you interested in an Eternals movie about Sersi?