Marvel Studios has just released its first featurette for the upcoming Eternals film. Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao builds off of her work of Nomadland to explore not just the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, but also the origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The trailers only gave us a glimpse of the Celestials, the ones that started it all but there might be a lot more to them, especially with what it may mean for the MCU moving forward.
In an interview with Fandango, Zhao offered some insight into her approach to the film, such as how she pitched it with a blow-up macro photo of sand while reciting a William Blake poem. She then went on to discuss how the film dives into the origins of the entire fictional universe and how the Celestials play a big part in the mythology they are building and may have larger implications for its future.
Well, let’s see… I think a big part of it is that audiences will be discovering the origin of the MCU through the mythology of the Celestials. I think by the end of the film, we will have a new understanding of planet Earth’s relationship with the cosmos, and also with her own inhabitants. But in that sense, it would have a huge effect on the future of the MCU.Chloé Zhao
The origins of the MCU through the eyes of the Celestials may explore how Earth’s creation may tie into the appearance of many superpowered individuals. If it explores the history of the franchise, perhaps we’ll get a window into what makes humanity such a unique host for abilities and powers. In the comics, they also have close ties to Thanos, who’s referenced openly in some of the trailers. Perhaps there’s more to the Deviants than we first expect.