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Angelina Jolie plays Thena in Marvel Studios The Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao
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This is what everyone is saying about Chloé Zhao’s Eternals

Twitter sure loves Phase Four of the Marvelverse

By Rhys Thomas
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Chloé Zhao recently won both Best Picture and Best Director at the 2021 Academy Awards. Yesterday, the trailer for 'The Eternals' her first directing role within the Marvel Comic Universe, has been released. It's one of the most hotly anticipated films of the years, boasting a jaw-dropping cast including Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Richard Madden (heard of them?) and more. It also features Marvel's first LGBTQ+ and deaf superheroes. For all of these reasons and many more, everyone is talking about the movie, which will be released on November 5 2021. So to save your doomscrolling thumbs, we've picked out everything you need to know about the upcoming movie.  

Given the trailer was a mere snippet among a host of soon coming Marvel films (more on that shortly) and half the red carpet has been cast, it takes a lot to be a stand-out person in the film. However, this is Angelina freaking Jolie we're on about. Add to that Jolie with a majestic glowing gold sword and mythical name like Thena, in a Marvel film, and you have the moment within the moment. Shortly after the trailer dropped #AngelinaJolie was trending worldwide, that is clout.   

According to an unofficial Twitter news page for 'The Eternals', it is going to be Marvel’s most ambitious film yet. The word ‘ambitious’ has been used on a lot of the social media posts. Details that are getting fans excited include the story spanning 7000 years, and the images of how the film has been shot. 

Easter Eggs are big in the Marvelverse, of course. 'The Eternals' follows on from 'The Avengers: Endgame (2019)' and one Twitter user noticed a little hint to Zhao's Marvel link in her Oscar-winning movie 'Nomadland'. Nice.  

Along with 'The Eternals', the trailer announced a host of new Marvel Studios movies as part of their 'Phase Four' of cinematic (if not world) domination. Phase Four is the mysterious sounding name they've given to their productions being released between 2021 and 2023. Other upcoming films include 'Black Panther' sequel 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'. Naturally, Marvel fans are losing their minds a little. 

In an interview with Variety in December 2020, Zhao revealed that she used to, and still writes, fan fiction. While she refused to reveal her pen name, someone has shared a screenshot of the interview and got people excited by the idea that some of the fan fiction they may have read could have been written by an Oscar winner. From fan fiction to Marvel Studios, not a bad trajectory at all. 

 
The Eternals is out worldwide on November 5.  

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