Kevin Feige, President Marvel, has promised a brand-new future for the company’s films, and the new information recently provided to Comic-Con shows that he has spoken. One example is the confirmation that we will soon see the first Marvel superhero moves in The Eternals.
The ComicBook website notes that the show in San Diego has featured a cast of actors, such as Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek, as well as Lauren Ridloff, a colorful, deaf birthday actress known for the role of Connie in The Walking Dead.
She will perform the Makkari character in The Eternals, which will be a major leap in the actress’s career in terms of her popularity and future roles. Ridloff (who also has Mexican origins) has several acclaimed roles, including the Children of a Less God, for which he was rewarded with a Tony Award. The last film he has starred in is Breathless, released in 2017.
Its distribution offers another example of the diversity Marvel wants to bring to the industry – a great jump ahead of the times when only the heterosexual white actors fit into the pattern of the hero. If last year I saw the first superhero in Black Panther, this year, the first superheroine debuted on the big screens in a self-contained film – Captain Marvel.
The second such production will be Black Widow. And Scarlet Witch will appear in her own adventures, in a series announced by Marvel at Comic-Con, where fans have also learned that Natalie Portman will return to action as the new Thor, and Valkyrie’s performer, Tessa Thompson, has been confirmed as the first LGBT character from the Marvel Cinema Universe.
Also, Sam Wilson / Falcon will become the next Captain America, and the first Asian superhero, Shang Chi, is heading to the big screen. Feige has even confirmed the plans for Miss Marvel, the company’s first film in which a Muslim superhero will appear.
The Eternals movie will premiere on November 6, 2020.