In a recent interview, filmmaker Chloe Zhao answered one of the biggest questions fans have about “The Eternals”: Why didn’t they step in when Thanos threatened Earth?
The Eternals : the next MCU movie
After Black widow last July, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which is currently a hit in the cinema, The Eternals will be the third Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie to release this year. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the feature film tells the fate of a new species of superhero: the Eternals. These belong to an ancient race of human beings, created by the Celestials, thousands of years ago. Their purpose is to protect the Earth from Deviants. These beings of boundless power lurk among mortals century after century, and will therefore be revealed on November 3 at the cinema.
Casting side, the work brings together an impressive cast including Angelina Jolie in the role of Thena, thanos cousin ; Richard Madden in Ikaris; Gemma Chan as Sersi; Salma Hayek as Ajak; Brian Tyree Henry in Phastos or even Kit Harington as the Dark Knight, a human hero who is not of the race of the Eternals.
Why did the Eternals not intervene against Thanos?
Initially, the Eternals was created by Jack Kirby in 1970. The original saga of this brilliant author has never been fully ended. Many plots are then regularly used to fill gaps in the continuity, and explain why the Eternals only intervene on rare occasions. In a recent interview with Total Film, the filmmaker Chloe Zhao explained why the Eternals did not intervene for Avengers: Infinity War. According to the director, the Celestials ordered the Eternals not to interfere in the affairs of humans:
The public will understand why. Not only why, but how complicated it was not to interfere. We are exploring this. You will see it in the movie. The Eternals have been ordered not to interfere in human conflict. Unless Deviants are involved. There is a reason why this is the case.
Astonishing, because technically, at least in the comics, Thanos is a Deviant. Indeed, in the paper stories, Thanos has a close connection with the Eternals. Like the latter, it is created by the Celestials. But he ultimately turns out to be a Deviant, and a recurring enemy of the Eternals. If they did not intervene in Avengers: Infinity WarThis is mostly because this new team had yet to be introduced to the MCU. But Chloe Zhao’s explanation does not hold water, at least with comic book readers, who know the truth about Thanos. Unless the MCU decides to change the Mad Titan’s origins …
Chloé Zhao continues her interview by emphasizing the importance of the Celestials in the feature film. And especially his enthusiasm to take care of these characters still unseen and unknown to the general public: “Everything that involves the Celestials is going to be on a gigantic scale”. Obviously, telling the story of the Celestials and the Eternals should take Chloe Zhao back extremely far in time. TO an era still totally unexplored by the MCU.