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Marvel's Eternals movie with Angelina Jolie and buff Kumail Nanjiani explained

by Virgie Brake (2020-03-09)

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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> The Eternals gather at San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee and Lauren Ridloff.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney Black Widow isn't the only Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure we're going on in 2020 -- Eternals is coming out Nov. 6. They're the next superpowered group to join the MCU, and Marvel Studios sure has assembled an impressive cast -- including Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and a super buff Kumail Nanjiani -- to get everyone interested in this cinematic debut. 

The official synopsis arrived on Jan. 16, and noted that the Eternals are "ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years."

The cast of Marvel Studios' Eternals have arrived on stage at #D23Expo. See the film in theaters November 6, 2020. pic.twitter.com/AltxcOvGXU

— Disney (@Disney) August 24, 2019 "Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, The Deviants," it reads.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on Jan. 23, Nanjiani emphasized how different Eternals is to other Marvel movies and gave us a sense of its scale.

"It's a superhero story, but in some ways, it's the most sci-fi of all the Marvel movies and it's the most epic of all the Marvel movies," the actor and comedian said. "And the story spans thousands of years."

In December, a Brazil Comic Con Experience crowd was treated to the first footage and saw the heroes in costume. Last summer, 성인 웹툰 Marvel Studios concept artist Rodney Fuentebella shared some art featuring the massive Celestials.

View this post on Instagram Here is the Marvel's Eternals poster I did for the San Diego Comic-Con 2019. This was an exclusive poster given out on Sunday at the event. I cannot believe I was able to do this poster for @sdcc_2019 !! Thanks to @marvelstudios and @ryan_meinerding_art for letting me paint this poster. Be sure to check this movie when it comes out... we are working really hard on this one too! Enjoy! - @marvel #eternals #marvel #digitalart #digitalpainting #zbrush #photoshop #mcu #exclusive #painting #conceptart @rodneyimages

A post shared by Rodney Fuentebella (@rodneyimages) on Aug 14, 2019 at 9:41am PDT

Who's involved with this movie?

Angelina Jolie as "fierce warrior" Thena

Richard Madden as the "all-powerful" Ikaris

Kit Harington as Dane Whitman

Barry Keoghan as "aloof loner" Druig

Gemma Chan as "humankind-loving" Sersi


Kumail Nanjiani as "cosmic-powered" Kingo

Salma Hayek as "wise and spiritual leader"Ajak

Lauren Ridloff as "super-fast"Makkari

Brian Tyree Henry as "intelligent inventor" Phastos

Lia McHugh as "eternally young, old-soul" Sprite

Don Lee as "powerful" Gilgamesh
The character descriptions are from Marvel's official synopsis -- poor Dane Whitman is apparently too boring for any hype. Or maybe he's just mysterious.

Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige introduced the cast and director Chloe Zhao at the Comic-Con Marvel Studios panel last summer. Her previous film, The Rider, got a score of 92 on CNET sister site Metacritic.

The movie will reunite Kit Harington and Richard Madden, who played cousins Jon Snow and Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Gemma Chan was previously seen in the MCU as Captain Marvel's Minn-Erva, but Sersi is a separate character.

In December, Nanjiani revealed the fruits of his training -- and the intense regime required to maintain it -- to play swordsman Kingo in some super buff Instagram shots.

View this post on Instagram I never thought I'd be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I've worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel's Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn't have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I'm glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I'll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you!)

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"I would not have been able to do this if I didn't have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world," he wrote in the caption. "I'm glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time."

Lauren Ridloff, whom you might know as Connie in The Walking Dead, will also play the MCU's first deaf superhero. Her character, Makkari, is male in the comics.

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