What's next for Harry Styles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Burbank, California - Harry Styles is one of the many recent additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but questions have continued to linger among fans as to whether he'll have a meaningful role in the franchise. Now, some of that has been put to rest.
From Harrison Ford to Patti LuPone, it seems there is no star the MCU can't get.
The Watermelon Sugar singer joined the ranks of these icons with a surprise appearance in the post-credits scene of 2021's Eternals.
With a ten-person team and a plot that felt disconnected from the franchise as a while, the ambitious film struggled to win over fans.
None of the characters from Eternals have reappeared in the MCU just yet, but plans for a sequel and the return of the ancient heroes appear to still be in place.
After the chaotic release that was Don't Worry Darling, Styles faced criticism online over his acting abilities, which subsequently led to doubts about his future in the superhero franchise in particular.
However, Marvel Studios executive Nate Moore has put the lingering theories to bed with a telling new interview.
Will Harry Styles return to the MCU?
Moore, who served as a producer on Eternals, confirmed that the franchise plans to expand the 28-year-old's role in the future.
"We didn't cast Harry for a tag," he told Deadline. Moore added that there are "more stories to be told with that character," especially regarding his familial connection to the Infinity Saga's big baddie, Thanos.
Of course, Marvel's upcoming plans are as ambitious as ever. From WandaVision spinoffs to the introduction of the Fantastic Four, it may take a while before fans are reunited with Styles as the Eternal Eros.
Though not yet officially confirmed by Marvel, Eternals 2 remains something of a given. The open-ended conclusion of the 2021 film certainly teased the studio's plans for a follow-up, and newer projects have also contained Easter eggs nodding to it.
Styles' Eros popping up in another Marvel project before then remains a possibility as well.
In the meantime, fans can turn their attention to the next Marvel project coming their way, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which hits theaters on February 17.
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