Marvel’s Incredibly-Cosmic Eternals Film To Feature Mostly Practical Sets? Count Me Skeptical

We seem to be reaching a sort of healthy equilibrium when it comes to the use of green screen in filmmaking. Not too long ago, it seemed like the future of blockbuster filmmaking was squarely in the camp of green screen. However, in recent years, directors have sought to implement a fair amount of practical elements, creating a best of both worlds scenario. However, in the world of Marvel, it does seem like things have been heavily skewed toward green screen. You need only look at some of their set pieces to realize this is the case. But will it be the case for Eternals?

Admittedly, this seemed like sort of a “no duh” situation. After all, I expect a good amount of this story take places in the farthest reaches of space and on foreign planets. Given that past Marvel Studios movies have had even relatively arbitrary locations executed through green screen (a rooftop scene in The Winter Soldier comes to mind), I assumed we’d be getting a lot of that here.

As it turns out, though, we may have less green screen than we’d think, if we can take star Kumail Nanjiani’s word for it.

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“It looks beautiful and it’s all mostly practical. Like we didn’t do very much green screen at all,” Nanjiani told the New Hollywood podcast.

Given the cosmic nature of the story, this comes as quite the surprise. That being said, I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a shock. As time has gone on, Marvel Studios has seemed to give their filmmakers more freedom. More freedom to take visual liberties and such. The more experienced and visionary the filmmakers, the more time we often see practical sets, it seems.

If Eternals helmer Chloé Zhao was super determined to go practical for a lot of the stuff, I’d imagine Marvel Studios would work to make it happen. That being said, I’m skeptical. Marvel Studios tends to be pretty heavy-handed with the locations. They often green screen in many situations most would deem unnecessary. It’s always possible that there’s just a lot more practical stuff than Nanjiani expected. I imagine there will still be an awful lot of visuals in ways he couldn’t foresee. But, we’ll have to wait and see what the filmmakers have in store for us.

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SOURCE: New Hollywood (via Cinema Blend)

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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