Just in time for the debut of the new movie, the Eternals will be back at the forefront of Marvel’s comic book universe. The publisher has just revealed a new ongoing Eternals series set to kick off in November 2020.
Eternals boasts quite an impressive creative team. Writer Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader, Journey Into Mystery) is returning to Marvel to helm the series alongside Secret Wars and King Thor artist Esad Ribic and The Mighty Thor colorist Matthew Wilson.
Marvel hasn’t revealed much about the plot of the new series beyond the tagline “Never Die. Never Win.” That may be a reference to both the Eternals’ immortality and their seemingly never-ending conflict with the Deviants. Most likely the series will deal with the fallout of 2018’s The Avengers #4, which showed Ikaris and his people seemingly killing themselves after learning the truth about their own origins.
Ribic’s cover to Eternals #1 depicts the evolution of man culminating with the birth of Ikaris. Interestingly, the Eternals and Deviants have always been depicted as separate races from humanity, but this image could imply the Eternals are more fundamentally linked to mankind than they ever realized.
“I said if I was ever to do a book again at Marvel, it would have to be something I’ve never done before. This is exactly that,” said Gillen in Marvel’s press release. “This is me teaming up with literally my favourite artist of the epic, taking one of those lightning-storm Kirby visions and re-making it to be as new as the day it was forged.”
Gillen continued, “While Esad makes whole worlds on the page, I’m applying all the skills I’ve developed when I was away. It’s a lot. It’s everything. There’s enough scale packed in here that I believe that when you look at the comic, you’ll see the pages slightly bulge. Essentially ‘Eternal’ has to mean ‘never going out of style’ which means we’re aiming for ‘Instant classic.’ Also – fight scenes, horror, human drama, emotions, explosions. Comics!”
Eternals #1 will be released in November 2020, while the movie Marvel’s The Eternals is currently scheduled for release on February 12, 2021. You can head over to Marvel.com to check out a new video teaser for the comic that shows off more of Ribic’s art and character designs.
For now, be sure to check out our Eternals Explained and Deviants Explained features, as well as our breakdown of the movie’s two villains, Kro and Arishem the Judge. Then learn how the movie could potentially set the stage for the X-Men in the MCU.
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