Marvel’s next franchise hopeful has found its director, as Chloe Zhao has signed to helm The Eternals.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, revealing that Zhao is set to direct the Marvel project from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, the writers behind Ruin, which topped the 2017 Black List. Though plot details are being kept under wraps, THR did have the following bit about the story:
“One aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.”
Jack Kirby created the title in 1976. In the comics, the Eternals are a fictional evolutionary offshoot of humanity who possess superpowers and longer lifespans than normal humans. Created by the Celestials over a million years ago, the superpowered beings were the result of genetic experiments that led to the creation of two divergent races: The Eternals and The Deviants.
Often defending Earth from their monstrous counterparts, the Eternals became embroiled in a civil war amongst themselves over whether or not they should conquer the other races. One faction was led by Kronos and the other by his warlike brother named Uranos, with Kronos’ side ultimately winning the conflict while Uranos and his followers were exiled.
Keep an eye on Heroic Hollywood as more details on this project come out.