As suggested by the name, the character — who first made an appearance in Marvel comics in 1973 — is a “fun-loving, carefree womanizer”, as opposed to Thanos, a “power-hungry, misanthropic schemer” played by Josh Brolin in previous Marvel films. Judging by the brief glimpse of Styles making out with Florence Pugh (a fellow Marvel star) in a recent Don’t Worry, Darling teaser, the role should be right up his street.
Eternals is set to premiere on November 5 this year, making the film Styles’ follow-up to his feature-length debut, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, in 2017. Don’t Worry, Darling, an Olivia Wilde-directed thriller set in a utopian community in the California desert of the 1950s, will follow in 2022.
The Ivor Novello-winning musician will also star in an upcoming film adaptation of My Policeman. Directed by Michael Grandage, the decades-spanning gay romance is based on Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel of the same name, also starring Emma Corrin (get a glimpse of the production here).
Beyond his appearance in the Eternals post-credits scene, it’s currently unclear what role Styles’ character will play in the Marvel Universe, and whether he’ll become a regular fixture.