Eternals is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Chloé Zhao and written by Kaz and Ryan Firpo. It stars an ensemble cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harington. In the film, the Eternals, who have hidden themselves for thousands of years, must re-unite to protect Earth from their enemies, the Deviants.
In April 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that a film based on the Eternals had begun development, with Kaz and Ryan Firpo hired to write the script for the project in May. By late-September, Marvel had hired Zhao to direct the film. A diverse cast was hired to portray the Eternals, which include Marvel Studios' first depiction of LGBTQ characters. Principal photography began in July 2019, with Zhao able to use her own style and film more on location than previous Marvel Studios films. Filming continued until February 2020, with locations including Pinewood Studios, London, and Oxford in England, as well as the Canary Islands.
Eternals is scheduled for release in the United States on November 5, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.