When does Eternals come out? Marvel movie release date in cinemas and on Disney Plus - and who is in cast

The new Marvel film picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame

Eternals, the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) comes from Oscar winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland).

Starring a new team of MCU superheroes, the Eternals, who first came to earth 7,000 years ago to protect humankind, the movie follows the events of Avengers:Endgame.

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Following an unexpected tragedy, the Eternals reunite to fight against The Deviants - mankind’s most ancient enemy.

This is what you need to know about the movie’s release date, cast, and plot.

What is Eternals about?

The film follows the Eternals, an immortal alien race who have secretly been living on Earth for 7,000 years, and who must come together and use their powers for the sake of humankind.

Having abstained from interfering with major events in human history before - including the battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame - the group must now come out of hiding when their evil counterparts, the Deviants, begin wreaking havoc.

Eternals is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Photo: Marvel)

From what we have seen so far, it appears that the team will face up against a global disaster, and an intimidating new enemy as well.

Who is in the cast?

Eternals features a star-studded lineup, including:

  • Angelina Jolie (Those Who Wish Me Dead, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) as Thena
  • Salma Hayek (Bliss, The Roads Not Taken) as Ajak
  • Gemma Chan (Humans, Crazy Rich Asians) as Sersi
  • Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, The Bodyguard) as Ikaris
  • Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Criminal: UK) as Dane Whitman/Black Knight
  • Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Life as We Know It) as Kingo
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, The Woman in the Window) as Phastos
  • Barry Keoghan (Chernobyl, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) as Druig
  • Lauren Ridlogg (The Walking Dead, Sound of Metal) as Makkari
  • Ma Dong-seok (Train to Busan, 38 Task Force) as Gilgamesh
  • Lia McHugh (American Woman, Songbird) as Sprite 

Eternals is directed by Chloe Zhao, who recently made history as the second woman, and first woman of colour, to win Best Director at the 2021 Oscars for her film Nomadland, starring Francis McDormand, which also scooped the Best Picture and Best Actress awards as well.

Zhao shot Eternals and Nomadland back to back, utilising the same camera and operating rig.

Chloe Zhao, winner of Best Directing and Best Picture for “Nomadland,” poses in the press room at the Oscars (Photo: Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)

Speaking to Variety,  Hayek discussed the importance of diversity in the film.

She said: “I think a lot of people are going to feel seen and that’s important and that’s what matters.

“It’s not diverse for the sake of being diverse. It’s the way [Zhao] chose every single one of us that really creates a family for the purpose of the Eternals. For the purpose of the film. It doesn’t feel forced.”

Is there a trailer?

The first trailer for the new Marvel movie was released earlier this year, in May. A final trailer was later released by Marvel on Thursday 19 August.

The main thing that the latest trailer told audiences, in comparison to the May trailer, is why these super powered aliens did nothing to help when the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel gang were battling against Thanos as he wiped out half of the universe.

In the trailer, Dane asks: “Why didn’t you guys help fight Thanos? Or any war, or any of the other terrible things throughout history?”

Sersi explains: “We were instructed not to interfere in any human conflicts unless Deviants were involved.”

Eternals picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame (Photo: Marvel)

While the explanation may not have sat well with Marvel fans, it at least addressed a major question ignored in the first teaser.

The trailer also revealed why the immortal aliens have been brought out of hiding after all these years.

It opens with Ajak saying: “Five years ago Thanos erased half of the population of the universe.

“But the people of this planet brought everyone back with the snap of a finger.

“The sudden return of the population provided the necessary energy for the Emergence to begin.”

Ikaris asks how long they have, to which Ajak ominously replies: “Seven days.”

When was it released in cinemas?

Eternals hit cinemas on 5 November, after having been moved from an initial release date of 12 February.

Before that, originally, it had a release date of 6 November 2020.

Eternals star Gemma Chan confirmed on Twitter in February 2020 that filming for the film had officially wrapped.

When will it come out on Disney+?

Due to the pandemic, some MCU films like Black Widow debuted on streaming services the same day as they were released in cinemas.

However, newer films like Eternals have been exclusively launched in cinemas only to begin with.

Unfortunately for fans, there has been no confirmed date for when Eternals might be making its way onto Disney+.

If Eternals was to follow the same timeline as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which debuted in cinemas and was then released on the streaming platform, the film might appear on Disney+ roughly two months after it was released in cinemas.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that Eternals would be released on Disney+ “after [its] exclusive theatrical run” which keeps the film in cinemas for at least 45 days.

This would mean that its earliest possible arrival on Disney+ would be Monday 20 December.

What Rotten Tomatoes rating does it have?

On movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, Eternals currently holds a 51% critic score from 226 reviews, and an 86% audience score from over 250 verified ratings.

The critics consensus reads: “An ambitious superhero epic that soars as often as it strains, Eternals takes the MCU in intriguing - and occasionally confounding - new directions.”

Lauren Ridloff and Chloe Zhao at the “The Eternals” UK Premiere (Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Critic Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal wrote: “[Director Chloé Zhao does] more than well enough, even though the story, stretched out over 157 minutes, is rambling and repetitive.”

Chris Hewitt, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, wrote: “The elements seem to be there for "Eternals" to further stretch the boundaries of what constitutes a Marvel movie but too much of the time, it settles for being more of the same.”

Why has it been banned in some countries?

Eternals has been pulled from showing in the Gulf region of Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar in an apparent ban.

It’s understood that the film, which had been slated for release in the region on 11 November, had been met with a number of edit requests by local censors - edits that Disney was not willing to make, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news outlet states that sources suggest that the requested edits were in regards to a same-sex couple in the film. In one scene, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) kisses his husband Ben (Haaz Sleiman).

Homosexuality continues to be officially illegal across the Gulf, and it’s standard for films containing any LGBTQ+ content to be pulled from release.

It is still listed as a title that’s “coming soon” in the United Arab Emirates.

Director Zhao recently spoke about her hopes that no scenes would need to be changed to appease censors.

Speaking to Indiewire, she said: “I don’t know all the details, but I do believe discussions were had and there’s a big desire from Marvel and myself - we talked about this - to not change the cut of the movie.”

Salma Hayek, director Chloe Zhao, Angelina Jolie, Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan attend the “Eternals” UK Premiere (Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie has criticised the “ignorant” beliefs which led to the film being banned.

During a press roundtable, Jolie told News.com.au: “I’m sad for [those audiences] and I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out.

“I still don’t understand how we can live in a world today where there’s still [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love.

“How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant.”

In Singapore, Eternals became the first MCU film to be awarded an M18 certificate, restricting potential cinema-goers to those aged 18 and up.

It was confirmed that this decision was a result of the “homosexual references” in the film by a spokesperson for the country’s Infocomm Media Development Authority.

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