The upcoming MCU movie Eternal aims to introduce a new series of characters from the comics. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao had been hired to lead the project. In a recent interview, Zhao explained the huge risk Marvel Studios took with Eternals by having the action scenes filmed on location instead of on a soundstage in front of a green screen, as is their usual practice.
“Well, I think this is so boring that you will roll your eyes, but I think Marvel I think this movie is very – I think they took one big risk with this one. I think they are going to surprise I hope so … I think this is where Marvel really took the risk that we knew we wanted to shoot in the location because by shooting wide angle lenses in places it will affect the way you use visual effects How you do the action. There are a lot of things that feel and look different. We shot mostly on location, but I love being on stage and learning about the technology because I’m into manga grew up. I always imagined that I wanted to be a manga artist. So I always imagined things that weren’t there. ”
Zhao’s reference to manga comics is interesting because they are very different in style from traditional western comics. In a previous interview, Chloé Zhao cited The Revenant as another key source of inspiration for Eternals when it came to filming the action scenes on location.
“I think for the action sequences that I’ve just been working on with such a great team, I wanted to refer a lot to The Revenant. The Revenant is a movie I love so much. And I think we have I have Seen The Revenant so many times, every meeting when we get to our action sequences because most of those sequences were shot on location, and I love how haunting and how you feel the line and the sequences in The Revenant. It is definitely a movie we strive for. And Marvel really, really supported that idea and really chose to do it. ”
It will be interesting to see how Zhao can combine aesthetics as diverse as Manga Comics and The Revenant while telling a new story within the MCU formula. At the moment, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Eternals, which has already been heavily pushed back, along with the solo film Black Widow.
Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals consists of 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 and Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Barry Keoghan as Druig and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman / Black Knight. The film will be released in cinemas on November 5, 2021.
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