Alex and Joe go over the Eternals trailer and this week’s Marvel Legends reveal from Hasbro.
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How are The Celestials and The Eternals like Diana Ross & The Supremes? Find out as Kieron Gillen (obviously) returns to discuss his new series for Marvel Comics, a relaunch of The Eternals, in which he and artist Esad Ribić interpret Jack Kirby’s classic “powerchord of a visual”. We follow up with his critically acclaimed re-imagining of Peter Cannon Thunderbolt as well as his current indie series Once and Future, which politicizes Arthurian legends in powerful new ways.
Plus, catch up on Die Comic’s success as an RPG and RPG’s in general during COVID.
The Eternals are getting the spotlight by Marvel with a new high-profile comic series and film coming soon. It’s unknown exactly what direction Marvel Studios will take the cosmic property created by Jack Kirby but we have a look at four upcoming LEGO sets that hint at what’s to come.
The Eternals are genetically modified by the Celestials who were created to take on the dangerous Deviants.
Deviant Ambush – Thena, Gilgamesh, and Makkari take on a 6-legged Deviant – $24.99
In Arishem’s Shadow – Featuring Ajak, Kingo, Ikaris, and Sersi, the set also features a Celestial with a light-up brick – $59.99
Rise of Domo – Makkari, Ikaris, Thena, Sersi, Druig, and Phastos plus a ship which opens up, take on the leader of the Deviants and an accomplice – $89.99
Eternals’ Aerial Assault – Sprite and Ikaris take on a Deviant – $9.99
So, what have we learned? Deviants are the “big bad” of the film and we might be getting some Celestial action, something that’s been hinted at through previous films from Marvel Studios.
With COVID-19 closing down theaters, Disney has been forced to shift the release dates of numerous films, impacting the future of Marvel Studios as well.
The movie studio has announced that Black Widow will now arrive on November 6, 2020, while The Eternals will be released on February 12, 2021.
What’s interesting is this signals Disney’s expectations that things will be somewhat back to normal in November. The earliest film on their new release schedule is in June 2020 and many areas haven’t predicted issues into May.
It is also pulling the film Artemis Fowl from theaters and it will debut exclusively on Disney+ in the future.
More “comic” films under the Disney umbrella have been pushed. The King’s Man which is a 20th Century Studios film will release in September 2020. That film is a spin-off of Kingsman based on the comic series. Empty Man, another 20th Century Studios film based on the BOOM! Studios‘ series, will be released on August 7, 2020.
Below are all of the named comic related releases below:
Empty Man (20th Century Studios)—August 7, 2020
The King’s Man (20th Century Studios)—September 18, 2020
Black Widow (Marvel Studios)—November 6, 2020
The Eternals (Marvel Studios)—February 12, 2021
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios)—May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios)—November 5, 2021
Nimona (20th Century Studios)—January 14, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios)—February 18, 2022
Though they were introduced at San Diego Comic-Con, more casting for Marvel Studios’ The Eternals was revealed at D23.
On the stage at the convention was Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, and Don Lee. Three new members of the cast: Barry Keoghan, playing “Druig”, Gemma Chan who will be playing “Sersi” and Kit Harrington who’s playing “Dane Whitman,” were introduced.
Chan is already a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe having played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.
Dane Whitman is also known as the Black Knight, a character who has been rumored to join the Marvel live-action universe for quite some time and was rumored to have seen his debut in Avengers: Endgame, which obviously didn’t happen. A British superhero, his introduction plays to more rumors we might see more British superheroes like Captain Britain.
Also revealed was concept art for the film and the cast in their costumes.
Marvel Studios’ The Eternals comes to theaters November 6, 2020.
Hey, kids. The dust settled on San Diego Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, and we had quite the earthquake of Marvel Studios news. I’m going to take a bit of a look at what we know about Phase 4 and just prognosticate on what we might get.
Generally, since 2014, every time there’s a film, we get at least one assortment associated with it. Typically, we’ve been getting something on the order of one Spidey assortment per year, one Avenger assortment (more or less), and others influenced by what’s on-screen. Examples include the Cap-centric Mandroid group of 2014, GOTG waves in 2014 and 2017, Doctor Strange in 2016, and so on. With that set-up place, let’s look at what’s coming, beginning in 2020.
Phase 4 was introduced with the idea that it will include both the films AND the Disney+ series. Films slated are Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, andThor: Love and Thunder, while the Disney+ series are The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If? (animated),Loki, and Hawkeye. I’m also going to note that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up next year, too, while Cloak and Daggercontinues on FreeForm and Ghost Riderand Helstromjoin Runawayson Hulu (though it’s questionable at this point if ANY of those canonically belong to the MCU. That’s a debate for another time).
It’s interesting to note that a lot of potential figures for
items above have been covered in recent years or will be soon. There’s a
classic comic-style Shang-Chi coming in a Spidey wave. Cloak and Dagger hit in
a Spidey wave last year. The Mighty Thor (Jane), Loki, and Valkyrie were
covered in the sole Ragnarok wave,
with Loki and Valkyrie getting other versions in recent Avengers product (a
Wal-Mart exclusive two-pack in Loki’s case). David Harbour is playing Red
Guardian in Black Widow, and the
comic version of RG appeared in the 2016 Cap wave. MCU Scarlet Witch and Vision
were in a TRU exclusive two-pack more than a year ago, and other versions of
both have found their way into other waves. Both MCU Falcon and Winter Soldier
were in a Target exclusive two-pack last year, and Hawkeye’s Ronin persona was
in this year’s second Endgame
assortment. That’s a lot, right?
Again, purely speculating, it seems likely that Black Widow will bring us a couple of Natashas (yeah, we’ve had some recently, too, but she’s the lead), Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz’s Iron Maiden, and some form of Taskmaster (yeah, there have been 2 others in the last 3 years, but still). I’m going to publicly hope right now that, movie appearance or not, the BAF is Ursa Major. That would be very appropriate and very awesome.
The Eternals, to me, is wide open. I figure we’ll get a nice round-up of the mains, like Ikarus, Thena, Ajak, Gilgamesh, and the rest. Similarly, Shang-Chi will obviously get us an MCU version of the lead and the first “real” Mandarin. It would be cool to see a classic comic Mandarin, too. Lots of room to move there.
For Doctor Strange, well, it’s a bit harder. We have recent
Wandas and Doctor Voodoo (who is rumored to appear). However, if they do
introduced the rumored Clea and Nightmare, they could do them, the Doc, Wong
(still not a Legend!), maybe a Damian Hellstrom (nod to the series) and get a
cool assortment with an appropriate supernatural BAF. I actually think Thor: Love & Thunder has it the
hardest, as ALL of the announced leads have had multiple figures in the past
couple of years. That’s to say that they might not lean in hard; hell, they
never did the Warriors Three, and I want a comic-style Volstagg BAF.
I would like to see TV’s Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D. get some love before they go. Seven seasons, and no Quake?
Or Agent May? Even if this turns into an exclusive boxed set repurposing
Coulson and using Everett Ross parts for Fitz, etc, it would be great to see
before they retire.
All right, kids, that’s just some initial speculation. What
do you hope to see happen out of these various projects? Peggy as Cap? A new
Kate Bishop? A new US Agent? Talk to us.