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Marvel sets Matthew and Ryan Firpo to adapt Jack Kirby's The Eternals for big screen

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL has enlisted Black List writer Matthew and Ryan Firpo to adapt the Jack Kirby-created comic The Eternals for the big screen.

The Eternals are best described as a set of characters who span millions of years, who were created when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered and near-immortal beings.

But in doing so, they also inadvertently created another, more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two races moved behind the scenes throughout human history while also engaging in Game of Thrones-style cosmic power-plays.

Among the best known characters are Ikaris, who is fuelled by cosmic energy, Sersi, who enjoys moving among humans undetected, and Thena, who is often mistaken for the Greek goddess Athena.

The Eternals were first created by Kirby in 1976 during his second period of time with Marvel – and before he defected to DC.

The Firpo brothers are best known for writing the spec script Ruin, which put them on people’s radar for the way in which it shot to the top of Hollywood’s fabled Black List in 2017.

Ruin tells of an ex-Nazi captain who hunts down and kills members of his former SS squad in order to atone for his own past crimes.

Having found its preferred writers for The Eternals, Marvel – the studio being Avengers: Infinity War – will now move the project into development.