Of the Phase Four slate of Marvel Studios’ films, one of the big question marks remains that of “Eternals” – the film about what is effectively a race of gods in the Marvel universe and a film with an ensemble focus and a real push into the cosmic angle – arguably more so than “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Thor” have gone.
Speaking to Good Morning America this week, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the cast of the film discussed the diversity and inclusivity which is a key part of the film, including the first deaf character and the first major openly gay superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In fact, Feige says the gay character goes beyond token sexuality: “He’s married. He’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is.” While it has yet to be confirmed which character he’s referring to, the most common speculation has been that of Richard Madden’s Ikaris character.
Another big bit of news about the film revealed on the weekend is that of Kit Harington joining the cast, the former “Game of Thrones” regular signing to play Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight. Feige hints that the role is designed in a way that the character could expand to other MCU franchises: “We were so happy when [Harington] agreed to join. And it is a part that could perhaps grow into something else in the future.”
Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the super fast eternal Phastos in the film spoke with Variety and had fun contemplating an Avengers vs. Eternals match-up: “Without us, there would be no Avengers. There would be no Guardians of the Galaxy. There would be no galaxy. So you’re welcome, Chris Pratt’s character… we’re gods, if they want to throw down they wouldn’t win. But it’s all good. Not trying to start no beef, no street beef but…” and then co-star Kumail Nanjiani interjected with: “but we would destroy them.”
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