Marvel Buzz: 'Eternals,' 'Moon Knight' and 'Nova' Likely Joining the MCU, According to Kevin Feige

Marvel Buzz: 'Eternals,' 'Moon Knight' and 'Nova' Likely Joining the MCU, According to Kevin Feige

Apr 23, 2018

We're just days away from the release of Avengers: Infinity War! While you wait patiently just a little bit longer, here's some news about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: 

An Eternals movie is a confirmed possibility

While talking to press at the Infinity War junket over the weekend, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige (pictured above) confirmed to The Wrap that we could see an Eternals movie in the near future. While that just means there's a chance, fans are hopeful of the addition. The Eternals are an ancient race evolved from humanity and of course they have superhuman abilities. Here's what Feige said specifically:  

Eternals is one of many, many, many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate...sequels to existing characters, new interpretation of existing characters and trying whole new swings with stuff that most people never heard of. So there are writers coming in on lots of different projects and lots of different ideas. And you’ll only start to hear more and more of it.

Regarding the Eternals development, apparently the focus is on the Eternal called Sersi, a character who can "manipulate cosmic energy to grant herself virtual immortality and invulnerability, reshape the molecules of other people or objects, release heat, light and other energies from her eyes and hands, fly, teleport herself and others, and cast illusions," per Marvel.com

 

Nova could join the MCU in the next phase 

Another possible movie for Marvel fans to look forward to is Nova, about the titular Earth-born cosmic character who has been a part of the intergalactic police force the Nova Corps (seen in Guardians of the Galaxy) and other teams. On the potential for this project happening, Feige spoke to ComicBook.com at the same junket, telling the site:

Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board...Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting.

Feige also acknowledged that Nova was in early drafts of the first Guardians movie, but he's right that the character should be easy to spin-off since we've already met Nova Prime (Glenn Close), corpsmen Rhomann Dey (John C. Riley) and Garthan Saal (Peter Serafinowicz) and others. They just need the right story to tell.

 

Moon Knight will probably eventually also join the MCU

Another fan favorite is Moon Knight, a superhero with multiple personalities with powers that are enhanced when the moon is out. He is in high demand for the MCU in some capacity, and Feige is aware of the popularity and admits the character is also on the big board. When asked if/when Moon Knight might one day be introduced, the Marvel boss told ScreenRant

Yes. Does that mean five years from now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now? There are stacks of character cards that we have in our ... development offices, which we look at. Which we pull for him, which we discussed.

Moon Knight was sort of hinted about in dialogue in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a superhero located in Cairo, and James Gunn has admitted to having pitched Marvel on a movie for the character, but it doesn't sound like he's priority number one for the MCU. 

 

Spider-Man is going global

As for movies we know are happening, Feige also talked to journalists about the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel over the weekend. From the sound of two different reports, though, it's unclear how much the movie will resemble the hometown superhero teen movie vibe of the original. The Marvel head told io9:

We start filming early July. We film in London. We shot [the] first film in Atlanta. And we shoot a lot of films in London but there’s another reason we’re shooting in London which is, yes, Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York, but he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe.

We previously learned that Peter Parker, Spidey's alter ego, would be in his junior year of high school, and we'd all hope he's still palling around with Ned and MJ, because that teen stuff was key to its sucess. Perhaps they go on a class trip to Europe? Meanwhile, Feige told IGN

What is it like to try to go back to a normal life after what happens in this movie [Infinity War]? Not to mention what happens in the next [Avengers] movie...It’s fun to see that, because [Peter] can represent, you know, the world as a whole, as they try to move forward. And you can do it in a way that is tonally unique, and tonally different than, certainly, the two Avengers films that people are about to see.

That makes the sequel sound less epic and globetrotting than the other quote does, but then again we don't know what all happens in the upcoming Avengers movies, so traveling the world could be small potatoes and "normal" in comparison.

 

Black Panther 2's release date is up in the air

One of the most anticipated movies for Marvel now is a Black Panther sequel. The original is still going strong at the box office, having just had a bump in attendance over the weekend ahead of Infinity War, and while fans will get to see the title character and Wakanda in the new Avengers movie, it's unknown when we'll see a direct part two. Feige told Collider

We definitely want Ryan [Coogler] to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to, and not rushing anything. But I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-Avengers 4 movies until hopefully after Avengers 4.

So far, MCU sequels have arrived from two to four years after the last installment, so hopefully we get something by 2022 at the very latest. Apparently we won't know anything about any of these future movies, though, until Avengers drops on May 3, 2019. In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters this Friday, April 27. 

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