MCU roadmap to ‘Eternals’

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This image released by Marvel Studios shows, from left, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and Don Lee in a scene from “Eternals.”

By Daija Hammonds , Lifestyle Editor

“Eternals” is the upcoming seventh project to be released during Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Phase Four began this year with hit shows like “WandaVision,” and delved into topics about the multiverse and time variation. These are the shows and movies that have been released thus far to prepare for “Eternals.”

“WandaVision”

“WandaVision,” was the first project of Phase Four with stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany returning as Wanda Maximoff and Vision.

Wanda hijacks a town and creates a fake reality for her and Vision to live in and start a family. With Wanda using her powers to create a fake reality, it is believed that she was the one to open the multiverse.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” explores the aftermath of Steve handing over the shield to Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, and Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan, trying to make amends from when he was the Winter Soldier. 

Wilson and Barnes follow Karli Morgenthau, played by Erin Kellyman, around the world trying to stop her and the Flag Smashers, a group of super-soldiers, from opening the national borders. 

“Loki”

“Loki” follows the God of Mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston, after stealing the Tesseract and being kidnapped by the Time Variance Authority. 

After being captured by the Time Variance Authority, Loki is given two options of being erased from existence or helping them fix the timeline against a threat. Loki must choose from these two options while figuring out what the Time Variance Authority actually does. 

It is also suspected that Loki opened the multiverse as well.

“Black Widow”

“Black Widow,” starring actresses Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh as Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova, was the first MCU movie to hit theaters for Phase Four. 

The film follows Natasha and Yelena as they try to locate the Red Room, where they were trained to become assassins, to take down Dreykov’s operation.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

Shang-Chi, played by actor Simu Lu, travels back to the Ten Rings compound, which is run by his father Wenwu, played by Tony Leung. There, Wenwu explains how he believes Shang-Chi’s mother is still alive and is being held hostage behind a sealed gate in Ta Lo, even though Shang-Chi witnessed his mother’s death when he was young.

The ten rings have been in Wenwu’s possession for thousands of years and give him immortality and godly powers.

“What If…?”

This TV series premiered on Aug. 11 and served as Marvel’s first animated series. “What If…?” follows the creation of the multiverse being opened, and each episode details a different timeline. The goal of the series is to show what would happen if big moments in the MCU had occurred differently. 

The next project to follow “What If…?” is “Eternals,” slated to be released on Friday. Check it out to see how a group of ten immortals who had been secretly living on Earth must come out of hiding to defeat the evil Deviants.