Filmmaker Chloe Zhao explains how Superman became a part of Eternal

Chloe Zhao explains how Superman became a part of Eternal. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TheEternals)

Chloe Zhao explains how Superman became a part of Eternal. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TheEternals)

Marvel Studios’ much-awaited epic action-adventure film Eternal is all set to release in India on November 5. Directed by Academy Award winner Chloe Zhao, the superhero film is about the Titanic group living on Earth for the past 7,000 years.

Created by cosmic beings called the celestials, Eternal is sent to Earth to protect the planet from their evil counterparts.

The film stars Gemma Chan as Cersei, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Angelina Jolie as Thea, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Brian Tyree Henry as Fastos, Featuring a star and diverse cast as meticulous as Lauren Ridloff. Lia McHugh as Sprite and Barry Keoghan as Druig.

Now the director of the film, in conversation with Variety, revealed how she was able to name Superman and Batman in the film and what these references mean for the MCU.

A few days ago the producers dropped a featurette that has a scene in which Ikaris and Cersei are at the home of Fastos, a fellow Eternal who has started a family with her human husband, Ben, and their child Jack, who saw one on TV. Icaris fighting the evil god.

“Dad, he’s Superman!” Jack tells Fastos, pointing to Icaris. “With the cape, and you were shooting laser beams out of your eyes!”

To which Ikaris replies, “I don’t wear a cape.”

The moment quickly became a trending topic as it became concrete that Superman and the DC Universe existed within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Director Zhao says the Superman reference was his idea and how he asked MCU architect Kevin Feige to sign it.

“I take responsibility for that,” Zhao told Variety.

Zhao co-wrote the screenplay of the film with Patrick Burley, Ryan Firpo and Matthew K. Firpo.

According to him, the moment wasn’t much of a discussion with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.

“You write it on the page, show it to Kevin, if he doesn’t say anything, it’s a go. I don’t think there was a conversation. Not really, except, he goes, ‘Oh, that’s cool. ‘,” said Zhao.

Superman isn’t the only DC character who screams in the movie. When Gilgamesh reunites with Kingo and meets Kingo’s servant, Karun, Gilgamesh calls him Alfred, Batman’s butler.

In explaining why, Zhao also clarified that these DC characters are exactly what they are in the MCU: fictional characters designed to delight viewers and readers.

“Gilgamesh and Fastos, they all became involved in some aspect of human life, whether it was cooking, pop culture, film love,” Zhao said.

He continued, “So they choose the things about humans that they like the most – that aspect of us that’s quite extraordinary. And for Gilgamesh, he sees ‘Batman.’ So when he sees someone’s servant sees, then he goes, ‘Ah, I know!’ Because he loves Batman like many of us.”

Eternal, the third film of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will release in the country in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

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