Eternals director Chloe Zhao teases the implications of the Kit Harrington-focused post-credits scene.
Chloe Zhao’s sci-fi epic is finally available to stream on Disney Plus While the film may not have been the critical or commercial darling Marvel Studios had hoped for, viewers are continuing to reappraise the film now that’s widely available to watch. While the narrative surrounding the film continues to evolve, Zhao is focused on the future of the characters she helped craft.
It’s unclear at this junction if Eternals will get a formal sequel, but Marvel Studios does appear to have concrete plans for a number of characters that were introduced in the film. After all, the film ended on a major cliffhanger and a post-credits sequence that appears to have major implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a commentary track for Eternals, director Chloe Zhao specifically teased the future of Kit Harrington’s Dane Whitman, who is on track to become Marvel’s Black Knight. In conversation with production visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti and additional visual effects supervisor Mårten Larsson, Zhao noted how the post-credits “sets up so much” for Marvel’s ever-expanding universe.
The post-credits sequence notably sees Kit Harrington’s soon-to-be hero interacting with the Ebony Blade, as well as Mahershala Ali’s Blade, who makes his MCU debut in the film.
Chloé Zhao: “Ebony Blade, who would have thought. I definitely geek out quite a bit, especially when the voice that comes in the end.”
Mårten Larsson: “It’s just a cool post-credits scene. Simple, but sets up so much.”
Chloé Zhao: “Sets up so much… And, I love this effect they use on the sword so much. Did we use… Was it sand magnets?
Stephane Ceretti: “It was magnetic ferrite… I think it’s cool.”
Chloé Zhao: “Yeah, the idea of a blood curse, how to show that.”
Here is the synopsis for Eternals:
The story takes place across two time periods. One storyline is set in the past when they operated as a formidable team and a close family unit. The second storyline is in the present, when the group has fractured and split apart, content to live among humans, hiding in plain sight. The prevailing threat of the Deviants, which once again threatens the existence of mankind, means the Eternals need to put their differences aside and regroup.
Chloe Zhao directed Eternals from a script she co-wrote with Patrick Burleigh, Kaz Firpo, and Ryan Firpo. The cast of the Marvel Studios project includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Angelina Jolie as Thena and Harry Styles as Starfox.
Eternals is available to stream on Disney Plus will be available on home media formats on February 15. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the film’s characters, including Harry Styles’ Starfox, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!