Marvel producer Nate Moore says Eternals doesn’t necessarily require a sequel. The cosmic story centers on the group of near-immortal beings who were sent to Earth thousands of years ago to protect humanity from the Deviants, an evil race of aliens. While the group had since parted ways and scattered across the globe, a rising Deviant threat in the present day unexpectedly brings them back together.
Eternals boasts a star-studded cast that features Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, and Kit Harington.
It’s very on-brand for Marvel movies to have sequels. Not only does it serve as more context for the greater good of the MCU (and its intricate web of storytelling) but also provides more backstory to characters that we aren’t all that acquainted with. Speaking to The Toronto Sun, Moore said an Eternals sequel, while not out of the question, isn’t completely guaranteed. “It’s not something that is a must-have,” he said. “Obviously, we have ideas of where we could go, but there isn’t a hard and fast rule where we have to have three of these things and this is the first.”
This film was unlike any we have seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is this the first group being introduced after the dramatic ending of Avengers: Endgame, but it’s a group with 10 main characters. Sequels are a great opportunity for audiences to connect better with each member of the group and their individual motives.
However, it sounds like Eternals was crafted so it could stand on its own — it’s already been revealed that the end-credits scene says a lot about the MCU’s future. Now, this doesn’t mean Eternals won’t receive a sequel, it’s still pretty likely it will. The bright side is that this film was constructed in a way that allows fans and audiences to enjoy Eternals for what it is — a visually stunning film with a bold introduction to extremely important Marvel characters.
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