Nate Moore, one of the producers at Marvel Studios, has revealed the secrets and powers of the various characters in The Eternals, the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.
The Eternals : next installment of the MCU
Expected on November 3, The Eternals is the 26th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Directed by Chloé Zhao, who recently distinguished herself with Nomadland, the feature film will introduce fans to a new and unprecedented team: the Eternals.
The latter, imagined by Jack Kirby in the 1970s, are a very ancient race of human beings created by the Celestials to fight the Deviants. Casting side, the film brings together a fairly impressive cast including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden or Kit Harington.
In a recent interview with Screen Rant, the film’s producer, Nate Moore, expanded on the various characters from The Eternals. It must be said that this team is made up of many members, which the producer has dissected for greater clarity. We now know a little more about their powers and their place in the plot.
Played by Richard Madden, Ikaris is the leader of the Eternals. A sort of celestial Superman, he is renowned for his ability to fly through the air and shoot cosmic bursts with his eyes. He and Sersi will be the central characters of the film, and their romance will be the backbone of the plot. Nate Moore clarified that:
We’ve done 25 movies now at Marvel but it’s the first movie that’s really built around romance as the center of the plot. You obviously know Tony and Pepper, Steven and Peggy, these are usually side stories. Here it is an epic romance and it is the real backbone of the film. Richard and Gemma are actually really good friends and have known each other for a long time, so that chemistry was instantaneous which is really helpful when trying to kick off a romance like this.
In the comics, Ikaris first appeared in 1976. Nate Moore also highlighted the work of Richard Madden. He says the actor brings a certain charm to the role:
If Ikaris is written like in the comics, in a bit of a boring way, you’re not going to get into that romance… and you’re probably not going to be as invested in the movie.
Sersi is one of the most famous members of the Eternals. In the comics, she’s the only one of the Eternals who ends up becoming an Avengers. Played by Gemma Chan in Chloé Zhao’s film, the character will be at the center of a loving duality between Ikaris and The Dark Knight, played by Kit Harington. Nate Moore sums it up this way:
Sersi and Dane have a relationship that is both sweet and complicated. It was an interesting way to build what we think is a cool love triangle.
In the timeline of the present presented in the film, Sersi and Sprite live in London and cross paths with a Deviant for the first time in 5,000 years. Sersi possesses the power of transmutation of matter. Nate Moore explained how his powers work by illustrating them with a specific scene:
Here are just a few storyboards where a Deviant throws a bus at him. And instead of dodging it, she pulverizes it into flower petals. So these are new and very exciting new powers for us.
Embodied by Angelina Jolie, Thena is, according to Nate Moore, the best warrior in the galaxy. A title that was already worn by Gamora in the past. Thena, who is incidentally the cousin of Thanos in comics, uses his cosmic energy to create weapons. She can therefore change weapons at any time, creating daggers, swords, spears, etc … But as formidable as it is, she also suffers from a psychological state which makes her very vulnerable.
She comes up with something called Mahd Wy’ry. If you are comic book fans, you know that Mahd Wy’ry is something that can assail an Eternal. It’s a version of dementia. Due to the amount of memories they have, they get lost, so she starts to forget exactly when she is, where she is. So during the course of the film, Gilgamesh becomes his protector. And when we find them in modern times, they live in a cabin in Australia because it is too dangerous to be surrounded by humans. So this is a fun arc for Angelina to play.
Nate Moore was fairly evasive about Gilgamesh ….