Marvel Phase 3 comes to a close with Avengers: Infinity War and next year's Avengers 4. So, many are already looking ahead to see what the studio will be developing for the future. A new rumor hints that one of the Phase 4 movies will be The Eternals. While still unconfirmed, this report claims Marvel is getting ready to make an official announcement regarding Jack Kirby's The Eternals comic books. Many believe this could be the MCU's answer to The New Gods currently in developing for the DCEU at Warner Bros.
There had been an earlier rumor about The Eternals movie that recently surfaced from a different, more unreliable source, but this report comes from Bleeding Cool, who claim they have been informed about by a "very reliable source," who claims that we should expect an official announcement, "imminently." Marvel Studios has reportedly been meeting with writers to tackle this script, and while this should still be considered a rumor, this source is said to be "ultra-reliable in the past for this kind of thing."
Jack Kirby created The New Gods when he made the surprising move to switch from Marvel to DC in 1970, with the first issue debuting in 1971. The series didn't quite go as planned, with DC ultimately cancelling all of the comics in The New Gods line, resulting in Kirby moving back to Marvel. In 1976, Kirby created The Eternals, which was thematically quite similar to The New Gods, following a fictional race of humanity who were intended to be the defenders of Earth, created by alien creatures known as Celestials. They would ultimately end up going to war with their destructive rivals known as the Deviants.
Much like The New Gods, The Eternals comic book series was also canceled with unresolved plot lines, although writers Roy Thomas and Mark Gruenwald used The Eternals in a Thor storyline that ended in Thor #301, which sealed these plot holes. The Eternals were then brought back in 1985 for a 12-part mini-series from writer Peter B. Gillis, with Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. creating another mini-series in 2006. A new ongoing series from Charles and Daniel Knauf was created in August 2008, but its run would only last until March 2009.
While there is no confirmation of this rumor yet, it also remains to be seen which Eternals comics will serve as the basis for this possible movie. As of now, the MCU has only confirmed two movies for Phase 4. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, which kicks off Phase 4 on July 5, 2019,arrives just two months after Phase 3 ends with Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which doesn't have a release date at this time, but is expected to hit theaters in 2020. You can head over to Bleeding Cool for their full report, and hopefully we'll get confirmation, or clarification, about this potential MCU movie in the very near future.