Production and news for The Eternals has been awfully quiet since productions were forced to shut down and the release date was moved to next year. When it was first officially revealed at Comic-Con, with the title of The Eternals, it was odd how the logo was missing the prefix in the title.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE ETERNALS with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee. Directed by Chloé Zhao. In theaters November 6, 2020. pic.twitter.com/k6ZgfX38VW— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Now, there is finally news in the form of a very simple title change that could end up implying something more about this franchise.
Comicbook.com discovered that The Eternals has changed its title to Eternals, dropping the prefix. The outlet also noticed that despite the title change, the release date of February 21, 2021 is still in place.
WHAT THIS MEANS
This might not seem like much, considering the studio is simply dropping "The" from the title of the movie and having it be called Eternals. But, one interesting point of comparison in the MCU is that the first Avengers movie was actually titled The Avengers. But, for sequels, "The" was dropped too with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War and so one.
Simply speculation, but this could have been because Disney realized that having a movie titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron could have been boarding on having the keyword "Avengers" lost in the shuffle. So, it could be that Marvel Studios are preemptively removing the prefix from the title in the event that sequels are made with subtitles like the majority of other MCU movies.
Additionally, this could possibly mean that a trailer for Eternals might be coming out soon, since Marvel Studios is getting the title in order for trademark reasons in likely preparation for the marketing and merchandise.