The upcoming MCU movie Eternals will introduce a new set of characters from the comics. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao was hired to lead the project. In a recent interview, Zhao explained what a big risk Marvel Studios has taken Eternals by having her shoot the action scenes on location instead of on a sound stage in front of a green screen as usual.
“Well, I really think this is so boring it’s going to make you roll your eyes, but I think Marvel, I think this movie is bad – I think they took a big risk with this one. I think they will surprise you. I hope so … I think Marvel really took the risk here that we knew we wanted to shoot on location because shooting wide angle lenses in locations affects how you perform visual effects. There is a lot that will feel and look different We mainly shot on location, but I love being on stage and learning about the technology because I grew up with manga. I’ve always thought I wanted to be a manga artist. So to me I’ve always imagined things that don’t exist. “
Zhao’s reference to manga comics is interesting because they have a very different style from traditional Western comics. In an earlier interview, Chloé had quoted Zhao The Revenant as another important source of inspiration for Eternals when it came to shooting the action scenes on location.
“I think for the action scenes, where I just had such a great time with such a great team, I wanted to refer a lot to The Revenant. The Revenant is a movie that I love so much. And I think that We’ve seen The Revenant so many times, every meeting when we came to our action scenes, because most of those sequences were shot on location. And I love how immersive and how you feel the dash and the sequences in The Revenant. Definitely a movie that we strive for. And Marvel really, really supported that idea and really went for it. “
It will be interesting to see how Zhao is able to combine such different aesthetics as manga comics and The Revenant while telling a new story within the MCU formula. For now, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Eternals, which has been pushed back a lot, along with the solo Black Widow movie.
Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals starring Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena , Barry Keoghan as Druig and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman / Black Knight. The film will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.
Subjects: The Eternals