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We now know where the MCU is heading.

The most ambitious film in the roster of Marvel's Phase Four has to a property that looks to become a fixture of its cinematic universe going ahead: The Eternals.

A race of super-powered beings created by the God-like aliens known as the Celestials, these figures exist on Earth and have done for thousands of years.

But when can we expect The Eternals and who do we know is involved in it?

Here is everything you need to know about the future stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel's The Eternals UK release date

The Eternals is due to be released in cinemas on November 5, 2021.

The film was originally set for release on November 6, 2020, until the coronavirus pandemic caused the delay of all MCU films, meaning Black Widow now occupies the slot for The Eternals.

It was first moved until February 12 but then got delayed once more.

Marvel's The Eternals director

The Eternals will be directed by indie director Chloe Zhao, making her one of the first solo female directors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with Cate Shorthand for Black Widow.

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Zhao has previously found critical acclaim with her 2017 film The Rider and has attracted awards attention with her 2020 film Nomadland – due to be released in the UK this year.

Marvel's The Eternals cast

Angelina Jolie as Thena

The Oscar-winner has been cast in the film, now confirmed as Thena, who in the comics is an Eternal with the powers of superhuman speed, strength, durability, regeneration,energy blasts, flight, illusion generation, matter transmutation, mind control, telekinesis, telepathy, and teleportation.

Initial reports suggested she would play the role of Sersi, but was announced at Comic-Con as Thena.

Richard Madden as Ikaris

Richard Madden will star as Ikaris in the film, who carries the ability to manipulate cosmic energy.

Richard Madden
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Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo Sunen

Kumail Nanjiani is likely to star in The Eternals
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The Oscar-nominee was cast in the film and will portray an Eternal with the powers of immortality and swordsmanship.

Salma Hayek as Ajak

Salma Hayek
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The Frida star will play the Eternal leading figure, who in the comics is typically a male character.

Bryan Tyree Henry as Phastos

The Widows star plays the character who is typically the master technologist for the race.

The character will be Marvel Studios' first openly gay superhero.

Lia McHugh as Sprite

In the comics, Sprite is in control of cosmic energy allowing energy blasts, invulnerability, immortality, telepathy, telekinesis, matter transmutation and illusion casting.

She is played by The Lodge actress Lia McHugh.

Don Lee as Gilgamesh

An Eternal who in the comics has the abilities of superhuman strength, stamina, agility, reflexes, durability, regenerative healing factor, flight, optic blasts, repressed aging, and immunity to disease.

He is described as a close ally of Thena.

Lauren Ridloff as Makkari

An Eternal who in the comics has had various abilities throughout the years.

Makkari is also a gender-swapped character and will be the first deaf superhero in the MCU.

Gemma Chan as Sersi

Gemma Chan
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The Humans actress has been confirmed to play the lead character of Sersi in the film.

The actress previously played the supporting role of Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, albeit under blue make-up and prosthetics.

On being cast as the lead character, Chan tweeted: "Been dying to share this news with you.. I couldn't be happier to be coming back to the MCU to play this iconic character and to work with this incredible group of people "

The news was confirmed at D23 Expo 2019.

Kit Harington as Black Knight/Dane Whitman

Kit Harington
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Jon Snow himself joins his Stark brother Richard Madden as the non-Eternal Marvel Comics character known as Black Knight.

In the comics, Dane becomes romantically involved with Sersi and also has been a member of the Avengers.

The news was confirmed at D23 Expo 2019.

Barry Keoghan as Druig

Barry Keoghan
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The Dunkirk star will play the role of the Eternal known as Druig.

In the comics, the character can manipulate all manners of energy.

Marvel's The Eternals plot

In Marvel Comics, The Eternals were created by the ancient alien Celestials and were seen as their designated defenders of Earth against their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Sersi of the Eternals
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Also in the comics, some Eternals existed on the planet of Titan, including Avengers villain Thanos and his brother Starfox.

It has already been reported that two characters who will apparently appear in the film include lovers Sersi, a female Eternal who longs to live with humanity, and Ikaris, a male Eternal who channels cosmic energy.

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This is a particularly interesting point as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has hinted it could span from far before all other MCU films to their future.

"Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble," said Feige to Collider, "doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people."

He added: "Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”

Colour us intrigued!

Eternals will be released in cinemas on November 6, 2020.