Kumail Nanjiani comments and debunks Patton Oswalt’s previous update, claiming that Marvel Studios is currently developing Eternals 2.
Kumail Nanjiani debunks Patton Oswalt’s previous Eternals 2 update. Nanjiani plays Kingo in Chloé Zhao’s 2021 MCU blockbuster and is one of the newest players in the Multiverse Saga. Like many of his fellow Eternals, he is expected to play an integral role in the franchise for years to come. That said, Marvel Studios remains mum about a Eternals sequel, something that’s supposedly a given, given the MCU’s penchant for character trilogies. Oswalt, who played Pip the Troll in the Zhao movie, has claimed that the sequel is actually in active development, and Kevin Feige and his team simply haven’t made any announcement about it. This excited many, but it may not be an accurate update.
A few months after Oswalt de Eternals 2 claim, Nanjiani is coming out to cast doubt on the viability of this news of the sequel moving forward. Speak with The playlist, the Kingo actor is pushing the idea that his opponent may have fallen victim to fake news online, where the information he reiterated may not have come from Marvel Studios itself. Read Nanjiani’s full quote below:
I don’t think Patton was right. I think there was a hoax website – one of those where it’s just one letter off the real one. They tweeted it, and it spread and I think Patton saw that.
The Eternals return in the MCU, but when?
For context, Oswalt’s comment simply says: “there will be an Eternals sequel. Chloé Zhao is going to direct it.” He made the comment during a guest appearance on The Today Show, but did not elaborate further. He didn’t say where or how he got the news. Interestingly, however, he claimed that: Eternals 2 has already been announced, which is not the case. As previously noted, Marvel Studios has yet to comment on the status of the follow-up. MCU producer Nate Moore recently confirmed that the Eternals will indeed return to the franchise, he just didn’t say when.
Given that it’s curious when the cosmic heroes return to the MCU. The obvious choice is for them to headline Eternals 2. This would allow them to continue their stories, especially considering that Eternals ended on a cliffhanger for some of the team. It’s also the easiest way to go, as the heroes and their collective story have been removed from the larger franchise. It would be a pain to include them in other projects, even with crossover efforts like Destin Daniel Cretton’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, without going into some lingering questions about their origins. That said, if Marvel Studios really want to, they can let certain members participate in other movies and TV shows, like with Dane Whitman and the upcoming Sheet movie.
For now, fans will have to wait and see when and how the Eternals will return to the MCU. Unless Marvel Studios changes their storytelling format, Eternals 2 happening is all but confirmed, and the question is when it will actually be released. Looking at the franchise’s Multiverse Saga slate, the franchise has some open dates in Phase 6 that can be reserved for the much sought-after sequel.
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