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Marvel introduces Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and rest of The Eternals cast at SDCC

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Jul 20, 2019, 8:42 PM EDT

One of the most fascinating projects that Marvel will roll out in Phase 4 is The Eternals, and today in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige officially introduced the cast of this cosmic epic to the world.

After a brief victory lap for the success of Avengers: Endgame, Feige revealed that The Eternals will be the lead-off film for Phase 4 of the MCU, and will arrive in theaters Nov. 6, 2020. After revealing the release date, he brought out director Chloe Zhao to help introduce the cast.

 "I just wanted to make a Marvel movie for so long!" Zhao said upon her arrival.

Chloé Zhao Kevin Feige SDCC 2019 Eternals

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Then it was time for cast announcements, as Feige and Zhao confirmed Richard Madden as Ikaris and Angelina Jolie as Thena, along with Salma Hayek as Ajak, the leader of the Eternals, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, the MCU's first deaf character.

The cast only had a brief moment to address Hall H, but Hayek was already fired up about her character.

"The way she approaches leadership as a strong woman is that she sees it as a family ... this is very exciting, and I feel honored to be part of this movie," she said.

Jolie, who's one of the biggest casting victories for the MCU even with its long history of casting victories, spoke about the responsibility she feels to continue the Marvel Studios commitment to excellence by ushering in a new super team.

Angelina Jolie SDCC 2019 Eternals

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

"I'm gonna work 10 times harder because what it means to be part of the MCU, to be part of this family, we know what the task ahead is, what you all deserve, and we're all gonna work very hard," Jolie said.

Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the Eternals are a race of near-immortal superbeings who are the result of Celestial experimentation on early life on Earth. They were intended as protectors of the planet, which places them in a constant war with the Deviants, a race also created as the result of Celestial tampering with Earth evolution, who believe the planet is their domain.

After the cast took the Hall H stage, Marvel unveiled the film's official logo on Twitter.

So Phase 4 begins with a brand-new group of heroes, some of the oldest beings in the Marvel Universe. We can't wait to see what this new chapter brings.

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