Marvel has unveiled the first official character designs from their upcoming Phase 4 film The Eternals courtesy of a stage display at D23! Check it out above and below you’ll find the full cast breakdown, including a couple of surprise confirmations. It should be noted that a majority of the character descriptions are taken from the comics, which may or may not be reflected in the final film.
The full cast consists of:
Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Salt) as Thena, a warrior and scholar who in the comics was once a lover of Kro, leader of the Deviants and later worked as a researcher for Stark Enterprises.
Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Cinderella) as Ikaris, an Eternal “fueled by cosmic energy”.
Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber, The Big Sick) as Kingo, a master swordsman who honed his skills in ancient Japan.
Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) as Makkari, a deaf Eternal, making her the first deaf superhero in the MCU. Her comic book iteration was a member of the Eternals’ Technologist’s Guild and was skilled at designing and building high-speed vehicles in addition to operating on Earth as a superhero in the 1940s.
Brian Tyree Henry (Child’s Play, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as Phastos, genius and master technologist for the Eternal race.
Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Savages) as Ajak, leader of the Eternals. In the comics, the character was originally male and the father of Thena. Additionally, the leader of the Eternals was Zuras, not Ajak.
Lia McHugh (The Lodge, Along Came the Devil) as Sprite, a playful trickster who was the inspiration for Puck in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Don Lee (Train to Busan, The Good the Bad the Weird) as Gilgamesh, originally depicted as an adventurer and warrior who was cast out of Eternal society for meddling too often in human affairs and rechristened the Forgotten One. He also served as a member of the Avengers for a time.
Barry Keoghan (Chernobyl, Dunkirk) as Druig, a telepath who worked as a KGB torturer in Russia.
Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Captain Marvel) as Sersi, a powerful Eternal who—unlike the majority of her race— “revels in her humanity,” choosing to live amongst mortals.
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii) as Dane Whitman, an enchanted warrior known as the Black Knight from a lineage stretching back to the reign of King Arthur. He wielded the mystical, cursed Ebony Blade; was later selected by the Lady of the Lake herself as “the Pendragon for his age” and eventually became ruler of New Avalon, a kingdom located in the reality known as Weirdworld.
Read the official synopsis for the film below:
The Eternals, an immortal alien race created by the Celestials, are sent to Earth to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
While pretty much all of the cast was previously confirmed prior to the start of filming, Chan and Harington’s inclusion are more recent. The latter has been unofficially attached to the film for months, but confirmation on her role was announced just this weekend; along with Jolie and Harington. The fact that the Game of Thrones alumnus is playing Black Knight is definitely a surprise (top candidates for his MCU role were Wolverine, Namor, Adam Warlock and Johnny Storm), but one that makes sense. In the comics, Sersi and Whitman met and fell in love while both were serving as Avengers and have had a long and tumultuous relationship ever since. The original plot summaries for the film seemed to indicate Sersi and Ikaris would be involved in some sort of relationship, which persisted alongside long-standing rumors that Jolie would be appearing as Sersi. Chan was expected to reprise her role as Minn-Erva from Captain Marvel, but the studio appears to be doubling down on its burgeoning practice of recasting previous MCU actors in different roles (e.g. Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard).
The Eternals is scheduled to premier November 6, 2020.