Eternals is a superhero film released in 2021 that is based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. It is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (MCU).
Chloé Zhao directed the film, which she co-wrote with Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo. Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie are among the ensemble cast members. After thousands of years in hiding, the Eternals, an immortal alien race, emerge to safeguard Earth from their ancient counterparts, the Deviants, in the film.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated in April 2018 that a film based on the Eternals was in the works, with Ryan and Kaz Firpo engaged to write the script in May. Zhao was scheduled to direct the film by late September, and he was granted a lot of creative leeway, resulting in more on-location filming than past MCU films.
Eternals premiered in Los Angeles on October 18, 2021, and was released in the United States on November 5, 2021. The film has earned more than $401 million worldwide, making it the tenth highest-grossing picture of 2021. Critics gave it mixed reviews, praising the concepts and images while criticizing the storyline, pacing, duration, and character development.
Eternals has generated $164.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $237 million in other regions, for a total of $401.8 million worldwide as of January 12, 2022. The film’s opening weekend grossed $162 million worldwide, making it the second-largest worldwide opening weekend for a Hollywood picture in the COVID-19 pandemic, with IMAX contributing over $13.6 million.