While things didn’t go so well for Marvel’s attempts with the Inhumans, their move from a possible film to television essentially sinking the characters for the time being, Marvel has their sights set on another group of powered beings that are an offshoot of humanity. The Eternals.
According to The Wrap, Marvel Studio’s President Kevin Feige confirmed that the studio is looking at the Jack Kirby created Eternals for a potential live-action film. Development of the possible film is underway, but it has not been greenlit as of yet.
“‘Eternals’ is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate,” Feige said.
However, he made it clear that the current focus for himself and the studio is on the next five films that are still left before they fully move into their fourth phase of films. Those films are Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers 4 and a Spider-Man Homecoming sequel.
“Those are the five things that are taking up 90 percent of our time,” he said. “But there’s 10 percent we’re starting to go, ‘What’s going to be best?’ And some of that is you can take cues from everything we’ve done in the 22 movies before those — which is sequels to existing characters, new interpretation of existing characters and trying whole new swings with stuff that most people never heard of. So there are writers coming in on lots of different projects and lots of different ideas. And you’ll only start to hear more and more of it.”
According to The Wrap, multiple screenwriters have had meetings with Marvel about the property with many of them focusing their ideas on the Eternal Sersi, a former member of the Avengers in the comics during the 90s.
After being created in 1976 by Kirby, The Eternals have had a presence at Marvel off and over the years, their most recent series were a miniseries from Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. back in 2006 a series that Marvel recently rushed out a new printing of, and a short-lived ongoing series from Daniel & Charles Knauf and Daniel Acuna back in 2008.