This year seems to be grand for Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Captain Marvel, followed by Avengers: Endgame, the future of the MCU has finally started to take shape, including new developments for The Eternals.

The Eternals To Cast Marvel’s First Gay Male Lead

The Eternals to reportedly cast a gay male lead
The Eternals to reportedly cast a gay male lead

As per a report by That Hashtag Show, Marvel Studios and Chloe Zhao are planning to cast their first openly gay male lead, potentially as Ikaris of the Eternals. As per the report, Marvel is taking precautions to keep the role a secret for now.

Ikaris is one of the main characters in Jack Kirby’s The Eternals, but there are many other possibilities for who this actor could portray.

As per the report, the filming of The Eternals is set to begin in U.K. later this year in September, ending in January 2020. After Endgame and Far From Home, we expect Marvel to reveal more details on The Eternals.

Marvel Boss Kevin Feige on The Eternals

The Eternals is set to release in 2020
The Eternals is set to release in 2020

Previously, Marvel Boss Kevin Feige explained why The Eternals are perfect to debut onscreen, equating them to other lesser-known properties that have since gone on to become focal points for Marvel.

You’re reaction about not being familiar with the Eternals is perfect, because most people weren’t familiar with Guardians [of the Galaxy] and believe it or not there were people that were not familiar with Avengers or with Iron Man,” Feige told Bionic Buzz. “So for us, its finding great stories whether people have heard of them or not and bring them to the big screen in as amazing a way as we can.”

While Feige has been secretive about details of The Eternals, he did tease the storyline would expand the scale of MCU after Endgame.

“Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not totally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people,” Feige told Collider. “You were asking about ’60s, and ’70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”

The Eternals: Release Date

We don’t know the exact release date of The Eternals, but Marvel has reserved the date of November 6, 2020.

Source: Comicbook, IGN

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