Chloe Zhao Hired To Direct Marvel Studios' Eternals
The upcoming Eternals movie from Marvel has a director!
Marvel's Eternals Movie Finds It's Director!
Marvel is bringing The Eternals to the big screen. Director Chloe Zhao has been chosen to bring Jack Kirby’s characters to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Via The Hollywood Reporter, Zhao will be the second woman to direct a Marvel Studios film. Zhao was apparently one of the contenders for the upcoming Black Widow movie, before Cate Shortland emerged as the director choice for that film. Zhao has previously directed the indie films The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me. Marvel hasn’t officially commented on the news, and no release date for the film has been announced as of yet.
The Eternals were created by Kirby in 1976, which established the title characters as a nearly immortal race of super humans. Eternals and their rival race, the Deviants, were created by the alien Celestials eons ago. The Guardians of the Galaxy films have already laid the groundwork for the Celestials in the MCU. As for the Deviants, Thanos is a member of that race in the comics, and that element of Thanos’ heritage may be retained for the movies. Matthew and Ryan Firpo are writing the script for Eternals, which will feature both the titular race and the Deviants. However, the script will reportedly focus on the love story between the cosmically powered Ikaris and Sersi, an Eternal who lives among humans. THR also notes that Marvel will likely “assemble a diverse cast of various shapes and sizes.” Many of these characters are largely unknown to the general public, so there isn’t necessarily a preconceived expectations for them outside of the two leads. Now that a director has been chosen, casting should begin within the next few months.