In a recent interview with Fandango, Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao has confirmed that Marvel Studios’ Eternals will have a total running time of over two-and-half hours, making it one of the longest films in the MCU. Zhao revealed that she could have made the final cut longer than the said runtime, teasing fans that they should expect some deleted scenes in its eventual home release.
“It could be longer!” Zhao said. “You know, it’s ten characters, the Celestials and 7,000 years. There’s a lot going on.”
In addition, the Nomadland director also confirmed that the highly-anticipated film will be featuring two post-credit scenes that both potentially have major implications to the future of the MCU.
“Don’t just stay for the first one — also stay for the second one, too,” She teased. “They are equally as important in weight, and both have big surprises for you.”
Based on Jack Kirby’s Marvel comics of the same name, Eternals welcomes an exciting new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants.
The film features a star-studded ensemble including Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.
Eternals is directed by Chloe Zhao from a screenplay co-written by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo. It is being produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Nate Moore. Zhao is coming off from winning numerous awards including Best Picture and Best Director at the recent Golden Globe and Oscar awards for her acclaimed work on 2020’s Nomadland.
The star-studded superhero film is currently slated to arrive in theaters on Friday, November 5 for a 45-day exclusive theatrical run.
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