Marvel Studios has reportedly hired Chloe Zhao to direct of the upcoming addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Eternals, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

  • The future Marvel film will focus on two super-powered races of humanity who border on immortality, known as the Eternals and the Deviants.
  • Zhao will make the leap to the superhero genre after having directed only two feature-length films (The Rider and Songs My Brother Taught Me).
  • Incidentally, Zhao was reportedly on the shortlist to direct Marvel’s standalone Black Widow film before the position was given to Cate Shortland back in July.
  • Matthew and Ryan Firpo have been tasked with writing the script for the new Marvel film.
  • Marvel Comics legend Jack Kirby created The Eternals with their first appearance coming in their self-titled series in 1976.

More about The Eternals:

  • The Eternals and the Deviants were created as a result of scientific experiments conducted by cosmic beings known as the Celestials on early humanity.
  • The Eternals appear human but have much longer lifespans (though not completely immortal) as well as other superhuman abilities.
  • The Deviants are genetically unstable and grotesque in appearance.
  • Throughout their comic runs, the Eternals have had run ins with familiar Marvel aliens like the Kree and their interactions actually led to the creation of the Inhumans.

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  • A new female superhero-based television series from Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is in development for ABC.
  • Disney reportedly announced the addition of new Marvel shows based on existing Marvel Cinematic Universe characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch for the Disney Streaming Service.
  • Marvel released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated upcoming film Captain Marvel.
  • Marvel and Netflix announced the release date and shared a new poster for the upcoming third season of Daredevil promising more darkness for Matt Murdock.
  • Hasbro will be launching a collection of action dolls based on the characters of Marvel Rising.