Marvel's Eternals Will Have A Big Effect On Future Of MCU
Director Chloé Zhao has stressed the importance of her film in the broader MCU story.
The Eternals is set to be a big entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4, introducing a whole new cast of characters to the comic-based saga. In an interview with GamesRadar's Total Film, director Chloé Zhao has promised that the new movie will have a big impact on the MCU going forward.
"I think we stand alone as a film for sure," Zhao told Total Film. "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."
Of course, the MCU being the MCU, we can't expect too many early details on just how The Eternals will impact the already sprawling Marvel universe. Members of the cast who were also interviewed refused to give away details, though they were happy to talk about the real-world ways they believe The Eternals is going to be influential.
"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,'" said Salma Hayek, who plays Ajak. "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."
"I feel that with more representation and diversity within the MCU, that sense of optimism and ‘can-do’ becomes more strong, more palpable," said Lauren Ridloff, who plays Deaf hero Makkari. "I hope that people who feel seen also feel empowered to dream bigger."
The Eternals will release in cinemas on November 5 and, following in the footsteps of latest release Shang Chi and the Legend Of The Ten Rings, will be a theatrical exclusive for at least 45 days until a possible release on Disney Plus.