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Marvel’s Eternals Enlists Sword Art Online for Collaboration


With both Marvel Studio’s Eternals movie and the Sword Art Online: Progressive anime film showing in Japanese theaters, Aniplex and Disney have teamed up for a major collaboration. In addition to a visual that matches the SAO characters with the style of the Eternals poster, the movies came together for a dual trailer that combines footage from both.

Here’s the dual trailer:

And the full force of the combined posters:

Sword Art Online The Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night opened in Japan on October 30, revealing a second theatrical outing as the credits rolled. Next up for the SAO feature is a theatrical release in North America on December 3, followed by Australia and New Zealand on December 9.

Here’s how Funimation and Aniplex describe it:

This is a tale of the time before “Lightning Flash” and “The Black Swordsman” were known by those names…

The day that she happened to don the NerveGear, Asuna Yuuki was a third-year middle school student who’d never even touched an online game before.

On November 6, 2022, the world’s first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, is officially launched. But the players, still euphoric over having logged in, suddenly find themselves trapped inside the game when the Game Master deprives them of any way to log out.

The Game Master then gives them this warning “This may be a game, but it’s not something you play.” If a player dies in-game, they die in the real world.

Hearing this, all of the players panic, and pandemonium reigns.

One of those players is Asuna, but despite not yet knowing the rules of this world, she sets off to conquer the floating iron castle, Aincrad, whose peak is too high to be seen.

As the days go by in this world where death is never very far away, she has a fateful encounter. And then, a parting… 

Though she’s at the mercy of the reality before her eyes, Asuna fights on with all her might, until someone appears before her: the aloof swordsman, Kirito…

Source: @MarvelStudiosJ