As the big narrative arc in the MCU come to its culmination with Infinity war and next year’s still-untitled fourth Avengers film, Marvel is looking at how else to continue expanding this universe.
Make way for The Eternals, the next potential franchise coming from Marvel. According to THR, the studio has gone into development on an adaptation of the comic book created by Jack Kirby in ’76, hiring writers Matthew and Ryan Firpo to pen the screenplay.
In the comics, the Eternals are a fictional race of humanity, described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. The instigators of this process, aliens named Celestials, originally intended the Eternals to be defenders of Earth. The counterparts to the Eternals are the religious, monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants, and the two groups of beings have clashed throughout human history.
The Firpos have gathered attention with their spec script Ruin, which made it to the top of the Black List (a yearly list of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays) in 2017. Ruin follows an ex-Nazi captain who navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany, hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad to atone for his crimes during the war. That project has been set up at Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures and has Gal Gadot circling to star and Aussie helmer Justin Kurzel (Snowtown,Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed) to direct.
Stay tuned as this one comes together.