Eternals is arriving on Disney+ soon – much to the excitement of Marvel fans.
Boasting an action-packed plot line and star studded cast (including a rumoured Harry Styles cameo), Eternals is another recent film in the Marvel universe to have tongues wagging. Premiering in cinemas across the UK in November of last year – ahead of Marvel’s latest movie Spider-Man 3: No Way Home – it’s now about to make it’s Disney+ debut. Giving subscribers a chance to catch the drama at home for the very first time.
It follows in the footsteps of the now-streamable No Time To Die and the trend of new releases coming to TV soon after release to keep the popularity and hype alive. But just like many of the other fantastic films and TV shows on Disney+ – you’ll need to make sure you’re got a membership to take advantage of this new release.
When does Eternals come to Disney+?
Marvel’s Eternals will be on Disney+ from January 12 2022 in the UK.
The Disney+ release date was confirmed in December by the official Eternals twitter account. And fans have been counting down to the date ever since.
The latest Marvel film was first released in cinemas across the UK on November 5 2021. And in September, Disney announced that all their film releases for 2021 would run for 45 days in cinemas before making their way onto their own streaming service. Hence the January streaming date.
It’s unlikely that the film will be available to stream on other sites like Netflix though. As it’s a Marvel film and the franchise was bought out by Disney in 2009. So, be sure to sign up for a Disney+ membership if you want to watch Eternals at home.
This Wednesday, Marvel’s newest Heroes are arriving to @DisneyPlus. Stream Marvel Studios’ #Eternals January 12. pic.twitter.com/XCRuIeJ8w3
— Eternals (@TheEternals) January 10, 2022
What is the film about?
As Marvel Studios have said themselves, the film “features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.”
These aliens were created by the Celestials, creatures mentioned in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. They were first introduced into the cinematic universe in 1976 when the comic book, written by Jack Kirby, came out.
The Deviants, mutating monsters, are the Eternals arch-nemeses in the film.
But aside from this, we’re not actually entirely sure what the plot will be. As ever, Marvel are keeping a lid on the action until movie fans get a glimpse of the film themselves.
Chloé Zhao, who won two Oscars for her role as director on Indie flick Nomadland, confirmed that she wrote the script for the film. So, following the success of her biggest debut, we can be sure that this new Marvel movie is going to be a winner.
Is Harry Styles really in Marvel’s Eternals?
Yes, Harry Styles will play the part of Eros in Marvel’s Eternals.
However, he only appears in the film briefly at the end during the mid- and post-credit scenes, according to multiple reports.
Matt Donnelly, film writer at Variety magazine, dropped the news initially on Twitter. He wrote, “Big reveal from #TheEternals premiere — Harry Styles has joined the MCU as Eros, brother of Thanos.”
Big reveal from #TheEternals premiere — Harry Styles has joined the MCU as Eros, brother of Thanos.
— Matt Donnelly (@MattDonnelly) October 19, 2021
While it’s only a minor role for the former One Direction star and ‘Watermelon Sugar’ singer, fans were undoubtedly over the moon to hear that he would be joining the cast.
“I’ve been a mcu fan before harry and i can’t explain how much happiness this gives me,” one wrote on Twitter.
Another said, “My favourite celeb and my fav movies combined in 1?! What have i done to deserve such greatness?!”.
My favourite celeb and my fav movies combined in 1?! What have i done to deserve such greatness?!
— Rayan (@RayanKReal) October 19, 2021
But other fans complained that the big reveal was actually just a disappointing spoiler. Many said they’d rather have found out like Matt did – in the cinema.
One fan wrote, “Not trying to sound rude, but as a Marvel and 1D fan I wish that I could’ve been surprised when I watch it in theaters. Yes there have been rumors that he was in it but I would’ve liked to actually witness it myself then it get spoiled for me. Please don’t spoil things!!”
Not trying to sound rude, but as a Marvel and 1D fan I wish that I could’ve been surprised when I watch it in theaters. Yes there have been rumors that he was in it but I would’ve liked to actually witness it myself then it get spoiled for me. Please don’t spoil things!!
— Heather_is_a_fangirl (@HeatherRai) October 19, 2021
Eros is the son of two Eternals, A’Lars and Sui0San. Originally Eron, Eros gets rechristened after developing an interest in the opposite sex.
Revealed as the brother of Thanos, Josh Brolin‘s character in Avengers: Endgame, the two characters couldn’t be more different to each other.
This is Harry Style’s second feature film appearance. He had his starring role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, a WW2 epic released in 2017.
The singer will also appear in two further films over the coming months. My Policeman, where he stars alongside The Crown’s Emma Corrin, and Don’t Worry Darling.
Eternals really has an all star-cast with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Richard Madden playing some of the starring roles.
Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Game of Thrones): Ikaris
Salma Hayek (Frida, Bliss, Fools Rush In): Ajak
Angelina Jolie (Mr & Mrs Smith, Lara Croft, Maleficent): Thena
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones): Black Knight
Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel, Crazy Rich Asians): Sersi
Don Lee (The Outlaws, The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil): Gilgamesh
Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley): Kingo
Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer): Druig
Lia McHugh (Totum): Sprite
Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead): Makkari
Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta): Phastos
Marvel’s Eternals comes to Disney+ in January 2022. (Credit: Alamy)
It seems that actor Richard Madden – who plays Ikaris – had a part to play in casting another character in the film.
As Eternals director Chloe Zhao told Elle: “So for Sersi, for example, we searched, we’d auditioned so many women, and we couldn’t really make a decision. And then once we cast Richard, he said, ‘Oh, have you read my friend, Gemma Chan?’
“I thought, ‘Wow, they’d been friends for so long. That’s Sersi and Ikaris.’ That’s just how I think. So we brought Gemma in to read her alone and also with Richard. Right away, all of us go, ‘Wow, that’s our Sersi.’”
Other cast members have been full of praise for the award-winning director and the magic she has weaved on the film.
Following the worldwide Eternals premiere, actor Kumail Nanjiani wrote on Twitter that he felt “grateful & fortunate” to be a part of the film and Marvel universe.
“The movie is wonderful,” he added. “Chloe made a gorgeous, moving, gigantic, philosophically complicated sci fi epic. I can’t wait to watch it again.”
Last night’s Eternals premiere was overwhelming. I feel grateful & fortunate to be a part of the MCU with this cast & director Chloe Zhao. The movie is wonderful. Chloe made a gorgeous, moving, gigantic, philosophically complicated sci fi epic. I can’t wait to watch it again. pic.twitter.com/pHUEWER65Y
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) October 20, 2021
But if you can’t wait for all the Eternals action, check out some of the month’s top television shows. Screw on Channel 4 is the show everyone is watching right now, set inside a fictional UK prison. Whilst those who prefer a dose of drama have been gripped by Four Lives about the victims of Grindr killer Stephen Port. Which you can catch up on via BBC iPlayer now.
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