Kumail Nanjiani says The Eternals is Marvel’s most sci-fi movie yet
As Marvel Studios moves into the fourth phase of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, their success has afforded them the opportunity to try just about anything, and one of the more unique movies in Marvel’s upcoming slate is THE ETERNALS. Following the events of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, an unexpected tragedy forces The Eternals, a race of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years, out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants. We haven’t seen or heard much of the film yet, but Kumail Nanjiani teased to Entertainment Weekly that THE ETERNALS may be more sci-fi, not to mention epic, than anything Marvel has done so far.
It’s really, really an epic. And it’s really such a science-fiction story. It’s a superhero story, but in some ways, it’s the most sci-fi of all the Marvel movies and it’s the most epic of all the Marvel movies. And the story spans thousands of years. So it’s really not like any of the other Marvel movies.
“I love superhero movies, but beyond that, this is exactly the type of movie that I love,” Nanjiani continued. “If someone would say, ‘All right, what kind of movie do you want to watch? What are the things that’s going to have?’ I would say all these things. And that’s what this movie is. It really spans thousands and thousands of years. And the story is just so big and so epic. And I don’t mean epic in the internet way, I mean epic in the old-school way…It doesn’t look like any of the other Marvel movies. I was on set shooting, and the director showed me just a still of all of us together in the scene. And I was like, ‘I mean, look at all of us together.’ We all look so different. It’s me and a huge buff guy from Korea [Ma Dong-seok] and Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie and Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff. You don’t ever get to see people like this together in the same room, let alone in awesome superhero costumes.” Nanjiani’s superhero costume is likely to look quite good on him as the actor got incredibly ripped for the role.
THE ETERNALS is slated to hit theaters on November 6, 2020.