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Avengers 4 will mark the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the franchise isn't hitting the breaks once that spectacle has concluded. Although Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are the only post-Phase Three movies to be officially announced so far, there are plenty of other movies in development, though until today, a Black Widow standalone movie was the only other project the public had been made aware of from this slate. However, as previously revealed, there will be a bigger cosmic presence in the MCU going forward, and one of the ways that might be accomplished is through an Eternals movie. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige:
Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate.
As Kevin Feige revealed to The Wrap, although there's still a fair amount of work to be done in the final stretch of Phase Three, which includes Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, Feige and his fellow MCU bigwigs have already begun planning what others movies will be released afterwards. To be clear, Eternals hasn't officially gotten the green light; in fact, it may be a while until we learn what the next full slate of Marvel movies looks like. However, since we'll likely be diving deeper into the MCU's cosmic realm, Eternals would be a worthy addition to the canon. Screenwriters have also reportedly met with Marvel about drafting an Eternals story that revolves around Sersi, one of the main characters from this corner of the Marvel universe.
Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, The Eternals are a long-lived race of beings that were created by the powerful Celestials millions of years ago. The Eternals were the result of a genetic experiment that also saw the creation of the destructive Deviants. Thanks to their accelerated evolution, the Eternals are long-lived, can't be hurt by extreme temperatures, are immune to disease and poison and are imbued with cosmic energy that can be channeled into a number of special abilities. The Eternals haven't been directly addressed in the MCU yet, but Thanos is an Eternal-Deviant hybrid, hence why in the comics he doesn't look human like most of the other Eternals. Considering that by the time Avengers: Infinity War begins, Thanos' homeworld, Titan, has long been devoid of life, one would imagine this means that an Eternals movie would be a prequel, taking place long before the events of the modern MCU began.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for updates on how development of the Eternals movie is coming along. In the meantime, you can look forward to Thanos finally stepping into the spotlight this Friday, April 27, during Avengers: Infinity War. If you're interested in learning what other Marvel movies are in development, look through our handy guide.