Who Are The Eternals

When Marvel was eyeing Chloé Zhao to direct Black Widow back in April (among others like Amma Asante and Deniz Gamze Ergüven; the job eventually went to Cate Shortland), the pairing seemed like a long-shot. A unique voice like Zhao’s doesn’t immediately seem like it would gel with the Hollywood studio system. We’ve seen Edgar Wrights and Lord & Millers a-plenty — Ant-Man and Solo would go on to be directed by Peyton Reed and Ron Howard respectively — but on the other hand, Disney’s own recent efforts like Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson), which both fit the mold of blockbuster filmmaking while allowing their creators a personal stamp, make speculating from this side of the studio gates a fool’s errand.

When it was announced on Friday that Zhao would not only be tasked with a Marvel movie, but with cosmic opera The Eternals of all things, reactions were understandably mixed. Some were enthusiastic, while others lamented a distinct eye being lost to the Marvel machine (this writer is optimistic, albeit cautiously) because alas, speculation is all we have in this 24×7 Disney-dominated news cycle. One can hardly begrudge anyone their extreme responses — for every Patty Jenkins leaving Thor: The Dark World due to creative differences, there’s Patty Jenkins knocking Wonder Woman out of the park and negotiation a seven-figure salary on the sequel — so the best we can do is look at the what’s what and the who’s who and hope for the best behind-the-scenes. Every creative partnership is different, after all. Read More »

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Chloe Zhao has been tapped to direct Marvel’s The Eternals.

Zhao, the director of the acclaimed indie Western film The Rider, was initially on the short list to direct Marvel’s Black Widow movie, which ultimately went to Cate Shortland. Now as The Eternals director, Zhao will be helming Marvel’s next potential franchise that could help shepherd the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmic realm.

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Update: Variety reporter Justin Kroll just revealed that Marvel Studios has met with over 65 directors for the directing job on this movie.

Our original article from April 27, 2018 continues below.

Avengers: Infinity War is now in theaters, and it will certainly keep Marvel fans occupied for a little while. Later this summer, we’ll have Ant-Man and the Wasp arriving in theaters, and the debut of Captain Marvel in March of 2019. But after Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019, the only movies that are confirmed to be on the way in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July of 2019 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 sometime in 2020.

Beyond the summer of 2019, Marvel Studios is being tight-lipped about the future so as not to ruin the suspense of who will survive the culmination of this era of Marvel movies. But one project that we know is in development is a solo outing for Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow. Fans have wanted the SHIELD agent played by Scarlett Johansson to get her own movie for years, and Marvel appears to finally be giving her a chance, and they’re looking for a female director to get behind the camera to make it happen. Read More »