The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a cultural sensation and grabbed a lot of attention globally with its storyline and visuals by bringing beloved comic book characters to live-action movies. The architect behind the whole thing is Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, who has successfully taken the cinematic universe through its ups and downs.

Kevin Feige
Kevin Feige at San Diego Comic Con International | Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

Among the major problems faced by MCU in 2021 was Eternals. The movie introduced brand new characters. While possessing a great cast and a complex story, it still faced a lot of criticism from the viewers and a mediocre box office collection, which left a question mark on its future in the MCU.

Eternals’ Future Hanging in Balance

Eternals | via Marvel Entertainment YouTube

According to Daniel Richtman, Iger’s leadership at Disney is becoming more cautious, choosing only what is certain to succeed and avoiding any risks at all costs. As a result, it is alleged that this decision may scrap the sequels for Eternals, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel.

However, Kevin Feige is still rooting for an Eternals sequel despite the reluctance of Bob Iger. For the future of these movies, Marvel Studios’ struggle must find a balance between sticking to the story arcs and achieving wider commercial success.

However, certain reports state that contrary to a sequel, it is very likely that Marvel Studios might be considering other variations of storytelling for Eternals. According to an insider, MyTimeToShineHello, Eternals 2 has transformed into another project.

The Eternals could simply be characters who become part of larger projects, either as supporting characters or as members of a team with Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy. This could decrease the financial risk and still enable the studio to complete the second part by resolving the cliffhanger ending of the initial movie.

However, according to The Direct, Eternals 2 could be called Celestials: End of Time. This name became popular online after many trademark filings of Marvel were leaked online. It is also reported that Marvel Studios did file a request to the European Union Intellectual Property Office for the exact title in July 2022.

Upcoming MCU’s Phase 5 Projects

Deadpool & Wolverine
Deadpool & Wolverine | via Marvel Entertainment YouTube

While Marvel Studios will face various challenges and opportunities, Phase 5 of the MCU is about to bring different projects that are not only unique but familiar as well. The highly anticipated Deadpool & Wolverine and the return of beloved characters in Daredevil: Born Again and Captain America: Brave New World excites fans all over the world.

Following are the upcoming projects of Phase 5, along with their release dates.

  • Deadpool & Wolverine (July 25, 2024 in the UK and July 26, 2024 in the US)
  • Agatha All Along (September 18, 2024)
  • Captain America: Brave New World (February 14, 2025)
  • Daredevil: Born Again (March 2025)
  • Thunderbolts (May 2, 2025)
  • Ironheart (2025)

Although the future of the Eternals franchise is no longer clear, the fact that Feige supposedly tried to convince Iger to give those characters another chance gives fans hope. Only time will tell whether the Eternals will reappear on screen in the future or if their story will be integrated unconventionally.

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