The Eternals Could Draw From the Jack Kirby Original

Ever since this site was the first to reveal the existence of Marvel Studios’ The Eternals, comic fans have wondered how they’d adapt the characters to the big screen.

Over the decades there have been two big versions of The Eternals. Most recently Neil Gaiman sort of reinvented them for the modern 616 comic universe, while the Jack Kirby original had a “Chariots of the Gods” tone to the story.

Screenrant asked Kevin Feige about this, and it sounds like they could be looking back to Kirby for the MCU version of The Eternals:

Screen Rant: Jack Kirby tied Eternals a little bit into the Greek mythology. I didn’t really realize that until recently with Hercules and a few of the other characters. Is that something that you would kind of like bring to the table with that film?

Kevin Feige: Well, one of the cool things about that property and what Jack Kirby did with it and what’s been done with it in recent years is it does tie into they’re called Eternals, they’ve been around for a long time. You know? There’s this notion of all of these myths and legends that we know from ancient times, were they inspired by the Eternals?

Screen Rant: Right.

Kevin Feige: Were they Eternals? It’s a very … you know, it’s an ancient aliens kind of sci-fi trope that we think would be fun to explore someday.

I think both the Gaiman and Kirby Eternals could work in the MCU, but hearing Feige say they’re thinking of the ancient aliens version is exciting.

The Eternals is expected to arrive in 2021 or 2022 after some of the characters are introduced in a future Phase 4 movie.