In an Avenger: Endgame Easter egg Marvel hinted at the presence of Namor, the submariner, now with The Eternals, he might finally rise from the sunken city
The new phase of MCU boasts a huge catalogue of sequels and origin stories, accompanied by an adequate dose of heroes and villains. However, that grand game-plan for 2020 had to be shelved due to the Coronavirus pandemic. That advertently shut global operations down. But last few weeks has seen several countries ease lockdown. While Hollywood movie productions are slowly adjusting to the new normal.
Origins of MCU Atlantis
So if the release line up from Comic-Con is still valid then Black Widow and The Eternals will headline MCU Phase 4. The events of Romanoff’s solo outing precede the events of Endgame by a few years. While The Eternals timeline is set to span over a thousand years.
The events of The Eternals would follow the activities of a group of celestial beings disguised as humans. They’ve lived on earth for over a thousand years, influencing the events of different civilizations across time. One of the cities set to feature in The Eternals is the ancient city of Atlantis. But in what capacity isn’t clear yet.
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However, speculation suggests that The Eternals’ movie would explore the city before it sank over 20,000 years ago. Further, it would probably reveal the events that transpired leading to the submersion of the ancient city.
Released photos from The Eternals set have been revealing tit bits of information about the direction the movie would take. In a released set photo, a tag can be seen in the background reading “Babylon 800 BC”. This gives a clue as to how far back the timeline for the movie could go; further amplifying the notion that Atlantis might play a major role in the movie plot.
In the comics, The Eternals were created along with The Deviants over 4 million years ago. With the Eternals having to mingle with mankind for centuries in order to prevent the latter from conquering earth.
A major target during The Deviant’s attack on earth was Atlantis. While the Eternals were heavily involved in the defensive efforts, Atlantis was actually saved by its then ruler King Lamuu. The fallout from the raging battle led to the submersion of The Deviants’ stronghold, Lemuria and the city of Atlantis.
Eternals Easing Namor’s MCU Debut
It is easy to see how these plots lean into each other. And how an Eternals movie makes sense in the current MCU timeline. The city of Atlantis and its ruler, The Submariner has been cued up for MCU entry for some time. So while a standalone movie for Namor isn’t in the rearview, The Eternals will be a good point to introduce fans to the magnificent city.
It will be interesting to see how much of the Atlantis story will feature in The Eternals movie. Considering, the time stamp relevant to the Eternals story will feature Atlantis before it sank to the bottom of the ocean.
From another point of view, considering the fact that a pre-sunken Atlantis – which is also a pre-Namor era – might not hold so much relevance to the current underwater city Okoye spoke about in Endgame. The Eternals could just serve as a way to familiarize fans with the magnificent city and its people.
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A current version of the city of Atlantis, with its civilization of blue-colored warriors and anti-heroic ruler, could feature in other slated movies. Sequels to both Doctor Strange and Black Panther are currently favorite entry points for Namor.
While Namor would easily play a supporting role in the Multiverse of Madness, opinions are swayed as to whether introducing him in the sequel to Black Panther would do justice to the abilities and storyline of the Atlantean ruler.
Directed by Chloé Zhao with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Gemma Chan as Sersi and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight. The film arrives in theatres on Nov 6, 2020.