Marvel Studios Reportedly Taps Chloe Zhao to Direct “The Eternals”

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.