Eternals writers have some great ideas for a Disney+ prequel

Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) in Marvel Studios' ETERNALS. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) in Marvel Studios' ETERNALS. Photo by Sophie Mutevelian. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

Writers and cousins Ryan and Kaz Firpo are behind the script for Eternals, Marvel’s newest superhero blockbuster. And if things work in their favor, an Eternals sequel might not be the only Marvel project they’ll work on.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kaz shared that he and Ryan been “jokingly” thinking about doing a Disney+ prequel show for Eternals, and had a few ideas in mind for what that would look like. “Go back and do a Kingo episode in 1890s Mumbai where he is juggling his life as a movie star, dealing with Gandhi’s peaceful dissolution of the British empire in India,” Kaz said. “And there’s an episode with Thena where she’s in Greece. I would love to make that show. There are a lot of opportunities.”

Kaz also hinted at a future for Kit Harington’s character Dane Whitman, who will almost certainly become the superhero the Black Knight. “If the audiences allow us, there’s going to be a story to tell with Dane Whitman. There’s going to be a story to tell in the Cosmos with the Eternals confronting Arishem and all the Celestials who are these incredible metaphors for creation. I think there’s a lot of stories in the Eternals universe.”

The future of the Eternals

Despite the film’s producer Nate Moore previously saying that Eternals would be fine as a standalone film, it certainly sounds like a lot of thinking has been going on in the background about how to expand the Eternals universe. That’s kind of Marvel’s thing, so no one’s surprised.

The Dane Whitman/Black Knight storyline seems like it’s all but confirmed to appear in a future MCU project, whether it’s a Disney+ series or he crosses over into another film. And naturally, between Eternals‘ cliffhanger ending with Arishem as well as everything that went down in the mid-credits scene, the probability of an Eternals sequel is at 99.999% right now.

Still, it remains to be seen whether the MCU has space for Eternals 2, something with Dane Whitman and an additional Eternals prequel, because that would have to be added on top of all the other gazillion projects currently in development at Marvel Studios. At some point, they have to reach a limit on their bandwidth, right?

At the very least, I do think the Disney+ idea would be fascinating, and it’d give us more time to get to know each of these heroes outside of the small amount of screen time they had in the film. So, ideate away, Marvel Studios!

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