Eternals may give Avengers: Endgame some competition for the longest Marvel Cinematic Universe’s runtime. With 2 hours and 30 minutes, we’ll spend quite a bit of time with this new alien race that could go toe-to-toe with the Avengers. Not only will they face off against a new threat in the Deviants, but the film will also explore the mysterious Celestials we’ve briefly seen throughout the first three phases.
Chloé Zhao did highlight that the length is quite intentional, as she has quite a lot to tell. Not only will the standalone film explore the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, but we’ll also see the origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, she’s got quite the ensemble on her hands with ten brand new characters who have their unique role as part of this unlikely band of heroes. Zhao even highlights that this cut may be on the shorter end.
It could be longer! You know, it’s ten characters, the Celestials and 7,000 years. There’s a lot going on.Chloé Zhao
It’s no easy task to tell a story that spans millennia within a limited time. We don’t know how much she’ll dive into the history of the MCU, but we’ll certainly see its beginnings. The trailers also teased some parts of history that’ll build upon what we know from our very own. We might witness the events of the past few films through the eyes of the Eternals that recontextualize the events we spent the last decade with.