Salma Hayek may be getting an orientation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe very soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in “early talks” to join Marvel Studio’s upcoming film, The Eternals. Based on the Marvel comic book created by Jack Kirby, the Eternals were a race of proto-humans engineered by the cosmic Celestials with the intent of installing them as the world’s first super-powered protectors. Later experiments led to the race achieving the power to control vast amounts of cosmic energy. Infighting, civil wars, colonization and a chance encounter with the Kree followed; leading to Inhumans, mutants, and other major anchor points in the Marvel universe. They also constantly fight against a failed aspect of the Celestial experiment: the monstrous Deviants.
The script, by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, will reportedly center on Sersi (also created by Kirby), a fourth generation Eternal with the abilities of flight, strength, immortality and molecular manipulation who may have been the inspiration for the Marvel universe’s version of the legendary Greek god Circe. The character also has strong ties to the mainline Marvel universe thanks to her Avengers membership in the 1990s.
Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani are both set to appear in the film, to be directed by Chloe Zhao, with Angelina Jolie also in talks to appear in the film. But as is par for the course with Marvel, it unclear which characters any of the castmembers will play; though Madden will reportedly play the Eternal leader Ikaris.
The Eternals is not yet scheduled for release.