Throughout the past few hundred millennia, while humans have generally screwed things up (there have been some good things, too), an immortal race of ancient alien overlords has remained largely uninvolved in our mess.
But, in a world that has lost a few heroes
as a result of the events of "Avengers: Endgame," there has never been a better time for an influx of distractingly good-looking superheroes to join the party. Enter, the Eternals
The first full-length trailer
's upcoming epoch-spanning tentpole, set against the backdrop of "Nomadland" director Chloé Zhao's now-signature pastoral landscapes, arrived on Monday, giving fans a first look at what the studio's Phase Four rollout plan can expect.
“We have watched and guided. We have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders,” Salma Hayek
’s Ajak says in the trailer, as we see how the Eternals have aided us mere mortals with their array of magical powers since the beginning of time.
As for what compelled the group, which includes a newly blonde Angelina Jolie
, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, and Brian Tyree Henry, to come out of the shadows, the film's description teases that confronting mankind's most ancient enemy, The Deviants, brings them back together. At the very least, their collective coming-out party might allow Jolie to touch base with he
The trailer concludes with the group sharing a meal together “Avengers”-style, sans shawarma, as they ponder the future of the superhero team without Iron Man and Steve Rogers.
Aside from the now-standard blockbuster special effects we've come to expect from Marvel, "Eternals" appears to be interested in capturing a new take on what it means to be a superhero, with Marvel CEO Kevin Feige previously calling Zhao's pitch for the film the best he's ever heard.
“Not only does Chloé make remarkable, small, personal movies
in a remarkable, small, personal way, but she thinks in grand, cosmic gigantic terms, which fit perfectly with what we wanted to do,” Feige explained to Rolling Stone. “Eternals is a very big, sweeping, multimillennia-spanning story. And she just got it.”
Zhao's first film since her historic Oscar victory in April
, when she became the second woman and first woman of color to win Best Director.
The film "Eternals" is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 5, 2021.