– by Nick Doll

Marvel has hired their latest director, and as promised by Kevin Feige, diversity is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s collection of directors.

IndieWire reports that Chloe Zhao will be the first woman with a sole directing credit on a Marvel Studios film, as Captain Marvel is being co-directed by Anna Boden with her male directing partner. Chloe is also Asian, so Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige are certainly doing their part to help more woman and minorities land big-scale directing opportunities traditionally given to white men.

Zhao exploded onto the scene with The Rider, one of the most acclaimed films of the year. It was a considerably smaller film than Marvel’s The Eternals, her new gig, but Marvel Studios has a good track record of hiring directors with experience on smaller films to make their biggest hits.

The Eternals will kick up the strange factor in the MCU a few notches, past even the trippy visuals of Doctor Strange, the wackiness of Thor: Ragnarok, and the absurdity of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The film will take place millions of years before the MCU as we know it today, focusing on the cosmic beings called Celestials. As any Marvel Comics fan knows, the Celestials experimented on humans resulting in both heroes and villains with supernatural abilities.

There is no release date yet for The Eternals, unless this is one of the mysterious Marvel films with a release date set and no film tied to it. It is written by Mathew and Ryan Firpo, and of course Feige is producing.

Are you excited for The Eternals? Do you think this news means we’ll be seeing the film in the next two to three years? Sound off in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: IndieWire