According to Eternals director Chloe Zhao, the film will have huge ramifications on the future of the MCU.

Marvel Studios' next superhero movie, after this summer's releases of Black Widow and Shang-Chi, will be the next phases ensemble a la The Avengers, when the newcomers to the Marvel CInematic Universe make their big screen debut.

The Nomadland director, along with the impressive cast of the movie, feature in this month's Total Film, where Zhao revealed a little about the intentions and impacts of the upcoming epic.

"I think we stand alone as a film for sure," the helmer said. "But I do think we will have a very big effect on the future of the MCU with what happens in this film. Which, you know, as a fan, is really satisfying for me! I geek out."

Watch the trailer for Eternals, below:

Naturally you'd expect a filmmaker to talk up their own feature, but if what she says is accurate then audiences can expect a mix of individual, self-contained story around the Eternals characters, as well as something significant enough to have actual consequences for the rest of Phase 4 and beyond.

Considering who the Eternals are, a race of immortal beings who once lived on Earth who shaped history and entire concepts of civilisation, it's probably safe to assume that their first movie will include some pretty important events that will shape the future of the franchise.

The film has assembled a varied cast, including Selma Hayek, who was suprised to get the nod for such a massive, mainstream role at this stage in her career: "No one [normally] calls and says, 'I’ve been thinking about you for my next film. And it’s also a huge movie, and you are one of the leads. And you get to be a superhero in your fifties, when you’re Mexican Lebanese,'" Hayek shared.

"The Eternals were smarter than Hollywood. You see that they’ve got the essence of something. Our diversity goes beyond the geography. It’s just a group of unique individuals," the star continued.

As well as the diverse cast, it also introduces the MCU's first openly queer hero in the form of Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos, who has a husband in the feature. It also aquints us with the MCU's first deaf hero, Lauren Ridloff's Makari, alongside Alaqua Cox's Echo in December's Hawkeye series. Makari said she "think that the comics give us hope and that is what the MCU does."

"I feel that with more representation and diversity within the MCU, that sense of optimism and 'can-do' becomes more strong, more palpable. I hope that people who feel seen also feel empowered to dream bigger," she went on to say.

Eternals will enter cinemas from 5 November, and Hawkeye will begin on Disney+ from 24 November.