Game of Thrones Vet Richard Madden To Join Marvel’s Eternals
by Erik Amaya
There will always be a Stark in the MCU.
Variety reports former Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden is in talks to join the cast of Marvel’s The Eternals. Based on the Marvel comic book created by Jack Kirby, the Eternals were a race of proto-humans engineered by the cosmic Celestials with the intent of installing them as the world’s first super-powered protectors. Later experiments led to the race achieving the power to control vast amounts of cosmic energy. Infighting, civil wars, colonization and a chance encounter with the Kree followed; leading to Inhumans, mutants and other major anchor points in the Marvel universe. They also constantly fight against a failed aspect of the Celestial experiment: the monstrous Deviants.
The script, by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, will reportedly center on Sersi (also created by Kirby), a fourth generation Eternal with the abilities of flight, strength, immortality and molecular manipulation who may have been the inspiration for the Marvel universe’s version of the legendary Greek god Circe. The character has strong ties to the mainline Marvel universe thanks to her Avengers membership in the 1990s. Madden will reportedly play Ikaris, an Eternal who guided humans to safety after an ancient cataclysm and may have inspired aspects of the Noah’s Ark legend. If talks are successful, he will join Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani in the film. Chloe Zhao is slated to direct.
At the moment, the film is still unscheduled, but with two Marvel release dates to fill in 2020, we expect The Eternals to arrive sooner rather than later.