Chloé Zhao Says Marvel Studios Is Taking A Risk With ‘Eternals’

The director explained what made 'Eternals' so risky to produce.

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Eternals director Chloé Zhao says Marvel Studios has taken a big risk with the upcoming cosmic adventure.

There’s been a few delays to the upcoming slate of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of them being Chloé Zhao’s Eternals. The project introduces a whole new cast of heroes to the world away from the Avengers, and with a brilliant cast – many fans are excited to see what the film has up its sleeves. Kevin Feige recently revealed that Chloé Zhao’s Eternals pitch was one of the best he’d ever heard, which is pretty high praise from the Marvel chief.

When speaking to The Jess Cagle Show, Chloé Zhao explained that although it’s a boring answer, Marvel took a risk on the film. The Eternals director and writer pointed out that because she shot on location it restricted what can be done with effects and the level of action that can be done away from sound-stages. Zhao’s comments come soon after she promised that the film will introduce a new type of mythology into the MCU. Take a look at Chloé Zhao discussing Marvel’s risk below.

“This is so boring you are going to roll your eyes, but I think Marvel…I think they took a big risk with this one. I think they’re going to surprise you. I hope so.I think this is where Marvel really took the risk that we knew we wanted to shoot on location, because by shooting wide angle lenses on locations it’s going to affect how you do visual effects, it’s going to affect how you do the action. There’s a lot that that will feel and look differently. We shot mostly on location, but I love being on the stage, learning about the technology, ‘cos I grew up with manga.”

What do you make of the Chloé Zhao’s words about Eternals? Are you excited to see the film when it arrives in July later this year? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here’s the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Eternals:

Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.

Chloé Zhao is directing the Marvel Studios project from a script written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The cast of Eternals includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, 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, and Barry Keoghan as Druig.

Marvel’s Eternals is set to hit theaters on November 5, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news on Chloé Zhao and the MCU’s future, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!

Source: The Jess Cagle Show (via Digital Spy)

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