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"The Big Sick" star Kumail Nanjiani is standing up for a role in the Marvel Universe.

The comedian and Oscar-nominated screenwriter is in talks to star in "The Eternals" opposite Angelina Jolie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The superhero team-up movie will be directed by Chloe Zhao ("The Rider").

"The Eternals," based on Jack Kirby's comic book, follows superpowered, near-immortal beings. Thanos, the villain from "Avengers: Infinity War" and the upcoming "Endgame," is an Eternal. The Eternals were tasked with protecting Earth from the evil group called Deviants.

THR says Jolie will play Sersi, an Eternal who enjoys moving amongst humans. It's unknown what character Nanjiani would play.

Nanjiani has been busy since earning an Oscar nomination for co-writing "The Big Sick" with wife Emily Gordon. He can currently be seen in the first episode of Jordan Peele's "Twilight Zone" reboot on CBS All-Access. He'll begin production on Season 6 of HBO's "Silicon Valley" this summer.

On the movies side, he will appear in June's "Men in Black: International" and July's action comedy "Stuber,"