Beauty and the Beast's Dan Stevens Hints at Marvel Villain Role In Eternals

By Sam Hargrave Updated:
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Chloe Zhao's Eternals may have the most star-studded cast for a franchise debut in MCU history. From legendary actress Angelina Jolie to Game of Thrones stars Richard Madden and Kit Harington, Marvel Studios truly splashed out to secure A-list stars for its newest heroic team.

The Celestial-created group of immortal beings is bound to become some of the most powerful heroes in the entire MCU. Based on this, the Eternals will naturally be needing a tough threat to take on which will seemingly come in the form of the Deviants and their leader, Kro.

Up until now, the casting of Eternals' main villain has remained a mystery. However, one actor has hinted he may be playing Kro in the November flick.

Marvel TV Actor May Play Eternals' Villain

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During a recent interview with Collider, as shared on Twitter by @eternalswhitmanLegion actor Dan Stevens seemingly hinted he will play Deviant leader Kro in Eternals.

When asked for comment on his rumored role in Chloe Zhao's Eternals, Stevens offered “Kro comment,” teasing his role as the voice of the villainous Deviant.

The British actor went on to elaborate as, in classic Marvel fashion, he explained that “even if [he] could say anything [he] wouldn't be able to” but repeated his “Kro comment” tease:

“I mean, I said 'Kro comment,' but I don't know if that is cryptic enough. Even if I could say anything, I wouldn't be able to and would have to try and kill you through Zoom. Is that cryptic enough? Is that more cryptic or less cryptic?”

The Eternals Cast Keeps Getting Bigger

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Reports of Legion and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens appearing in Eternals first circulated back in 2019. During the Marvel blockbuster's production, Kingo actor Kumail Nanjiani shared a photo on Instagram with Stevens and several other members of the A-list cast.

With the star-studded immortal superhero team already packed with talent, Stevens' role in Eternals has been hard to determine for some time. Naturally, the leader of the Deviants will largely be a CGI-based villain in Chloe Zhao's movie, meaning the actor will only be providing Kro's voice and potentially motion capture on set. 

From 2017 to 2019, Dan Stevens led FX and Marvel Television's superhero series Legion, in which he played Charles Xavier's mutant son, David. While the mutant-centric project never took place in the MCU, Stevens' Eternals casting marks yet another Marvel TV actor to make the jump into the blockbuster universe.

Eternals hits theaters on November 5, 2021.

- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.