Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is finally shedding a little light on what new franchises will populate the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers 4 closes out Phase Three next May. Most of the studio’s time is still dedicated to all the films we already know about, but their are some big, cosmic ideas flying around for the future.
Feige has listed Nova and Eternals as projects currently in development.
Neither project is guaranteed a spot on Marvel’s future film slate, but Nova seems pretty close. Feige told Comicbook.com that the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has already opened the door for Nova.
“Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board. Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you’re absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy].”
Feige did not provide any hints as to which Nova would lead the franchise, but my guess is the studio would favor Sam Alexander over Richard Rider. There could obviously be a film with both characters that shows a passing of the torch, but I’d be surprised if Sam doesn’t take the lead to join the growing population of teenage heroes in the MCU, like Spider-Man and Shuri.
The Wrap asked Feige about Eternals and while the studio boss acknowledged the project is in development, it does not sound like it is as close to being made as Nova.
“‘Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate.
“[The already-announced films] are taking up 90 percent of our time, but there’s 10 percent we’re starting to go, ‘What’s going to be best?’ And some of that is you can take cues from everything we’ve done in the 22 movies before those — which is sequels to existing characters, new interpretations of existing characters and trying whole new swings with stuff that most people never heard of. So there are writers coming in on lots of different projects and lots of different ideas. And you’ll only start to hear more and more of it.”
Even if Nova has the early lead, Eternals could still wind up being made first depending on how quickly each project moves along the development process. They could both get beat to the big screen by other films, for all we know.
What we can see in these revelations from Feige, however, is that Marvel Studios is working hard on expanding the cosmic side of the MCU. The Guardians of the Galaxy won’t have deep space all to themselves for much longer.
Eternals is about as crazy and cosmic as it gets. Jack Kirby created them for Marvel when he returned to the company after a stint at DC. In the comics, the Eternals are a race of god-like humans created by Celestials, like the huge being we saw wielding the Power Stone in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Here’s a fun note that could factor into the next two Avengers movies: Thanos and the people of Titan are descendants of the Eternals and are often referred to as Eternals themselves.
The Wrap reports that multiple screenwriters are developing story ideas for the character Sersi. This detail, however, was not confirmed by Feige.