Marvel has just revealed a first look at one of its most exciting upcoming projects: Eternals, the studio’s next big superhero team-up that’s set to arrive in theaters on November 5th. It’s the next big project from Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao, following her Best Picture and Best Director wins for Nomadland earlier this year.
Unfortunately, the teaser (which primarily serves as a hype reel for Marvel’s return to blockbuster films after a months-long pandemic-induced break from theatrical releases) doesn’t provide too much footage from Eternals. Instead, there are just a few quick glimpses of some of the bigger stars, including Salma Hayek’s Ajak riding a horse, Kumail Nanjiani’s Kingo staring off into the distance, and Richard Madden’s Ikaris standing at the front of the team.
The teaser’s biggest moment (aside from a wide perspective showing several of the new heroes suited up) goes to Angelina Jolie, wielding a gigantic sword made of light. Presumably, a more substantial trailer will arrive in the coming months.
The biggest takeaway is that Eternals may start to deliver on Marvel’s years-long promise of creating films with more diverse casts than the seemingly endless array of dudes named Chris who have dominated the first decade of films — something that’s particularly encouraging to see.
Along with a brief look at Eternals, the teaser reel also drops a surprising amount of Marvel news, including official title announcements for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (previously referred to as Black Panther 2) and The Marvels, the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel, which will also serve as a follow-up to the upcoming Ms. Marvel show on Disney Plus and will see Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan team up.
The hype reel also gives updated release dates for the next two years of Marvel Studios projects, including Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3. The current release schedule is as follows:
- Black Widow: July 9th, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: September 3rd, 2021
- Eternals: November 5th, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home: December 17th, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: March 25th, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder: May 6th, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: July 8th, 2022
- The Marvels: November 11th, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: February 17th, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: May 5th, 2023
The teaser video wraps with another quick glimpse of the logo for Jon Watts’ upcoming MCU reboot of The Fantastic Four, but with no release date information. Given its place in the lineup, though, it won’t hit theaters until late 2023 at the earliest.