Eternals actress Salma Hayek signed a multiple-picture deal to star in more Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.
Marvel Studios’ new film Eternals hit theaters this weekend to perhaps the most mixed reception in the entire MCU franchise thus far. Regardless of how the film was received, fans were still excited to check out the film’s ensemble of characters that included acclaimed performers including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. Salma Hayek plays Ajak, the leader of the group. She serves as a maternal figure to the rest of the team, and is held in high regard.
SPOILERS FOR ETERNALS DOWN BELOW.
Salma Hayek confirmed in an interview with Smallzy’s Celebrity Small Talk that she signed a multiple-picture deal, hinting that she could appear in more MCU films in the future:
“I did sign multiple movie deals! It was kind of fun being part of this… secret society that you have to protect so fearlessly!”
The revelation that Salma Hayek signed such a deal to appear in multiple MCU films is interesting because her character Ajak gets killed off in the first act of the film, serving as the emotional catalyst that reunites the Eternals together to face off against the Deviants. Whether or not flashbacks and/or the Multiverse will bring Ajak back into future films remains a mystery, if Marvel Studios opts to continue telling more of Ajak’s story.
Here is the synopsis for Salma Hayek’s 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, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
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Source: Smallzy’s Celebrity Small Talk