Kevin Feige Declares Eternals Is A Necessary new Step For The MCU

Kevin Feige explains how Eternals takes the next step in MCU's history.
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Marvel Studios and President Kevin Feige continue their hot streak in 2021 with the upcoming release of Eternals, which is in the final stages of preparation for its worldwide theatrical release on November 5, 2021.

After six months of hype from trailers and footage coupled with intriguing interviews with the team behind the magic, the MCU’s 26th full-length movie is finally set to make its debut in theaters in the first week of November.


Featuring revolutionary director Chloé Zhao at the helm and Hollywood megastars like Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, Marvel is pulling out all the stops to make sure this film makes its mark in the superhero landscape. Taking the opportunity to film all over the world in visually stunning locations while giving fans a story unlike any ever told in the MCU’s 13-year-history, Kevin Feige hopes Eternals will expand on the MCU’s ever-growing narrative in more ways than one.

Kevin Feige Explains How Eternals Opens Up The MCU Even More

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This week, Marvel Studios held the long-awaited world premiere event for its latest 2021 release at the El Capitan and Dolby Theaters in Hollywood, California, bringing together the studio’s biggest names from behind the camera and in front of it for Eternals‘ first public viewing ahead of its worldwide release on November 5. The Illuminerdi had the incredible opportunity to not only attend this event and see the first screening of the film, but also to attend the following day’s press conference with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and the team that brought this film to life.

To start the conference, Kevin Feige explored how exactly he and the team at Marvel Studios found a way to take this movie to a new level of excitement even after 25 previous movies over the past 13 years. Specifically, he was asked if it was an intentional decision to have this movie use the locations it used for shooting and the representation it brought to the screen in that endeavor.

Kevin Feige admitted that this was an important goal for the team, mentioning Marvel producer Nate Moore by name as one of the driving forces behind this idea before director Chloé Zhao took that concept to a new level:

“Absolutely, that was the whole idea, and Nate Moore, producer who is not up here with us, really had that driving vision for what this could be, and when Chloe came in and pitched it to us and took some of these very general ideas that we had and, obviously, the Jack Kirby spectacular source material, it felt like a very new, special step for us.”

Additionally, Kevin Feige looked at how much of a risk Eternals was within the MCU landscape and spoke about some of the decisions behind the movie’s scale. Looking at comic writer Jack Kirby’s influences to the way the film used stunning locations all over the world, Feige explained how these tactics helped develop the movie, along with the way it introduced so many new heroes that are in their first MCU appearance.

“All of the above. And it was in a post-Infinity Saga world, we wanted to make a bold new step and say ‘You don’t know everything about the universe yet,’ and that there are these ten spectacular superheroes who you haven’t met who’ve been here the whole time.”

With this movie having been ready to release for some time, it’s clear that Feige and the team have had a clear vision for what they wanted to do with Eternals and how it would diversify the MCU landscape.

Combining the scenery in Eternals with a level of representation never seen before over the years, the newest MCU movie has an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and make its own mark in a unique way. Now, fans will wait to find out exactly how these new dynamics will come together to add the newest story into the MCU’s ever-expanding narrative.

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Eternals will debut in theaters on November 5, 2021.



Richard Nebens

Richard Nebens

I specialize in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the Illuminerdi; exclusives, news, and reviews. I also touch on subjects all across the movie universe and love being a part of the movie news world!