Marvel's Eternals: Release date, cast, trailers, and everything you need to know

9 September 2019, 22:36

Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

The Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan as Sersi. The Marvel phase 4 film will be in theatres November 2020. The Eternals will also feature a gay superhero and a deaf superhero.

July's Comic-Con announcements confirmed many of the MCU Phase 4 rumours and theories that Marvel fans have been busy cooking up since Endgame premiered back in April. The Eternals has long been expected to represent a key component of Marvel's next chapter, and now we have confirmation about the film's cast (hellooo, Angelina!), plot details, and an official release date.

Here is everything you need to know about Eternals, including character details, its release date, and more on the franchise introducing the MCU's first deaf hero. Here's what you can expect from Marvel's Eternals.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Marvel Studios Hall H Panel. Picture: Getty

Marvel's Eternals release date.

First things first. When is Eternals hitting theatres? The official release date for Eternals is November 6, 2020. Mark your calendars. We're a little over a year out from seeing The Eternals in theatres, which means there will be plenty of updates, teasers, and trailers to look out for in the mean time.

Eternals is the second film in the next phase of the MCU–the first being Black Widow, out May 1, 2020.

What is Eternals actually about? - Plot

In the comics, the Eternals are an ancient race charged with defending earth and its inhabitants. We know you're pretty smart, so you can probably guess from their name that these beings are immortal.

The Eternals were created long ago by The Celestials (another ancient powerful race). Meanwhile, their counterparts, the Deviants, are described as "hideous" monsters who have 'genetic instabilities'.

In the upcoming film, the Eternals have been on earth for 35,000 years, though we have yet to meet them in the MCU.

Director Chloé Zhao told fans at Comic-Con more about the film saying: "It's about this group of incredible immortals but through their journey we really get to explore what it means to be human. And humanity. And our time on this planet."

It's not much to go on just yet, but we're betting the characters will make a big splash in their first outing.

Marvel's Eternals cast and characters - Who will be in the film?

Eternals has assembled a pretty impressive ensemble cast. In the run up to San Diego Comic-Con, Angelina Jolie's name was floated in connection with the project, and now we have confirmation. Interestingly enough, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown was also linked the film, but has since denied involvement.

Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Salma Hayek (Frida), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), and Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians) star in Eternals.

So, who is playing who? Here are the heroes and the actors who play them...

Angelina Jolie plays Thena

Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Mr. and Mrs Smith) plays Thena in The Eternals.

According to, Thena is "the eldest daughter of Zuras, leader of the Eternals of Earth." Thena has super human strength and abilities like the other Eternals, but it's unclear what her main powers will be in the film.

"I love the diversity of our cast and I think that's gonna bring something special and different and I'm excited about Thena. It's a good challenge," Angelina told MTV news in August.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Marvel Studios Hall H Panel. Picture: Getty

Salma Hayek plays Ajak

Salma Hayek (Frida, Grown Ups) will play Ajak, the leader of the Eternals and go-between for the Eternals and Celestials. In the comics Ajak is a man and revered as a God by the Ancient Aztecs and Incas.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Marvel Studios Hall H Panel. Picture: Getty

Kumail Nanjiani plays Kingo

Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, The Twilight Zone) plays Kingo. Kingo is a master swordsman.

2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios Panel
2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios Panel. Picture: Getty

Richard Madden plays Ikaris

Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Game of Thrones) plays Ikaris in Eternals. In the comics, Ikaris is the father of Icarus–from Greek mythology–who dies after flying too close to the sun with a winged-suit.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Marvel Studios Hall H Panel. Picture: Getty

Dong-seok Ma plays Gilgamesh

Dong-seok Ma will play Gilgamesh, nicknamed "Forgotten One" in Eternals. Gilgamesh is often mistaken for "strong men" in mythology and lore.

Per Marvel: "It is known that the Forgotten One was mistaken for the Olympian god Hercules in ancient Greece, and, at other times, he has been known as Hero, Samson".

In the comics Gilgamesh has also fought alongside the Avengers.

"I'm a huge fan of Marvel," Don-seok gushed to Access, back in August.

2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios Panel
2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios Panel. Picture: Getty

Brian Tyree Henry plays Phastos

Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) plays Phastos in Eternals. According to Collider, we might see Phastos handle things from a workshop, as he is the team's "technology/equipment" guy.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Marvel Studios Hall H Panel. Picture: Getty

Lia McHugh plays Sprite

Lia McHugh (American Woman, The Lodge) plays Sprite in Eternals. In the comics Sprite is male and immune to disease, extreme weather and injury like all the others Eternals. Sprite is prankster which leads to the character being admonished by the other Eternals.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Marvel Studios Hall H Panel. Picture: Getty

Lauren Ridloff plays Makkari

Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) plays Makkari in Eternals. Makkari has been gender-bent in the film and will be a departure from the comics which portray the character as a man. Makkari is an inventor in the comics and has "cyclone causing powers".

Ridloff, who was born deaf, will play the MCU's first deaf superhero.

The Paley Center For Media&squot;s 2019 PaleyFest LA - "The Walking Dead"
The Paley Center For Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA - "The Walking Dead". Picture: Getty

Gemma Chan plays Sersi

You probably know Gemma Chan best for her role as Astrid Leong in the 2018 runaway hit Crazy Rich Asians. Gemma plays Sersei in Eternals, which was revealed at August's D23 expo.

In Eternals, Sersei is an Eternal described as a "socialite". In the comics "she often entertained with her powers, which her normal human guests believed to be stage magic," Marvel explains.

Gemma also plays Minn-Erva in the Captain Marvel film.

Michael Kors Private Dinner
Gemma Chan Michael Kors Private Dinner. Picture: Getty

Kit Harington joins as Dane Whitman

Game of Thrones star joins Eternals as Dane Whitman, a master physicist who also happens to be the nephew of villain, Black Night (Garrett Castle).

Kit Harington joins his fellow Game of Thrones star James Madden in the upcoming film.

Belfast Premiere for Game of Thrones
Belfast Premiere for Game of Thrones. Picture: Getty

Marvel's Eternals trailer - when will it be released?

Sorry, folks. We're a long way from an Eternals trailer. However, when one appears (presumably in spring/summer 2020), we'll let you know.