Director and stars talk Eternals! Speaking with Total Film recently were director Chloe Zhao and several of the Eternals stars. First off Zhao indicates that the events of Eternals will have far reaches in the wider MCU.
“I think we stand alone as a film for sure,” director Chloé Zhao tells Total Film in the upcoming issue of the magazine. “But I do think we will have a very big effect on the future of the MCU with what happens in this film. Which, you know, as a fan, is really satisfying for me! I geek out.”
However the stars are keeping their lips sealed in fear of the Marvel snipers.
“The Marvel snipers will take me out if I say anything,” deadpans Richard Madden, who plays Ikaris.
Salma Hayek, calls Eternals a “completely a game-changer” in terms of diversity and representation.
“No one [normally] calls and says, ‘I’ve been thinking about you for my next film. And it’s also a huge movie, and you are one of the leads. And you get to be a superhero in your fifties, when you’re Mexican Lebanese.’ The Eternals were smarter than Hollywood. You see that they’ve got the essence of something. Our diversity goes beyond the geography. It’s just a group of unique individuals.”
As for the cast diversity, more stars had their say.
“I think that the comics give us hope and that is what the MCU does,” says Lauren Ridloff. The Walking Dead actor is set to play the Deaf hero Makkari. “I feel that with more representation and diversity within the MCU, that sense of optimism and ‘can-do’ becomes more strong, more palpable. I hope that people who feel seen also feel empowered to dream bigger.”
“It’s insane that it has taken this long, and that it’s not already regularly this form of representation, because it didn’t feel special – it just felt correct,” says Angelina Jolie, almost laughing in disbelief. She portrays the elite warrior Thena. “It just felt like an appropriate representation of the world we live in.”
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