Marvel fans are in a state of euphoria right now after so much news about the future of the MCU came from the Disney Investor Day meeting.
Castings for actors like Hailee Steinfeld and Christian Bale were confirmed, plans new series like Iron Heart and Secret Invasion were unveiled, and the MCU’s take on the Fantastic Four was made official by Marvel CCO Kevin Feige himself.
Marvel Studios also reconfirmed their intent to keep the movies of Phase 4 as theatrical releases, starting with Black Widow on May 7, 2021. Four MCU movies in total are set to release in theaters by the end of 2021, and the studio and fans alike are as passionate as ever wanting to keep them on the big screen.
A new social media blast confirms that this is what the fans want, and it includes an interaction with one of the MCU’s newest upcoming stars.
In a new release on his social media account, former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright expressed how important it is to preserve the theatrical experience, mentioning Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 movie Eternals as one that needs to be on the big screen. He shared the following tweet, even specifically pointing out Kingo actor Kumail Nanjiani’s new biceps as a primary reason:
Nanjiani replied in typical comedic fashion with the following tweet:
Thank you Edgar. These guns weren’t made for day and date VOD.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 12, 2020
WHAT THIS MEANS
Eternals has been discussed as one of the most anticipated movies in the MCU’s upcoming future, even gaining early buzz as a potential Oscar contender. Marvel has been vigilant in its intent to keep movies like this as big screen releases, and the fans are hoping more than anything that this will remain the case as the world works toward a more safe environment.
The fact that Edgar Wright made this comment specifically shows the importance of this situation, especially considering how he parted ways with Marvel Studios after creative differences on 2015’s Ant-Man. Kumail Nanjiani’s response brings a nice moment of humor and joy, putting his comedic skills on full display as he references his newly earned muscles.
Those muscles have been the talk of the Marvel community since Nanjiani first revealed his superhero body to the world. It seems likely that Nanjiani's body will be put on display in some way in the movie, as it is part of the reason he has already become a fan-favorite.
Eternals is currently set for worldwide theatrical release on November 5, 2021.