Marvel’s Eternals Director Explains How To Make Batman And Superman MCU Canon
Eternals director Chloe Zhao reveals why she chose to refer to Batman and Superman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Eternals Director Chloe Zhao has revealed why the Marvel movie mentions DC heroes Batman and Superman.
The director spoke to Empire as part of the magazine’s major story article, the film’s upcoming arrival on Disney +, and Eternals reception by critics and the public. During the discussion, Zhao was asked about the film’s references to Batman and Superman, which means DC characters exist as fictional heroes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I take responsibility for it,” Zhao said of the decision to mention Batman and Superman in the film. “I just think we should all live in one big happy family. And also, you know, we can talk about the elephant in the room – who is this Ikaris. [Richard Madden] remind people of Superman. Many brilliant filmmakers have brought Superman to the screen in their own modern take on this beloved mythology that exists in many cultures. So I thought it was great to pay homage, it’s great to recognize these iconic take on Superman. In Eternals, Gilgamesh [Don Lee], watch his movies while he takes care of Thena [Angelina Jolie]. You will see that there is going to be a deleted scene where he talks about another movie that is going to make you smile. And he loves the Batman movies. “
As Zhao points out, Ikaris is quite similar to Superman given his set of powers. It’s Phastos’ son who points out the similarities in the film, although Ikaris points out that he doesn’t wear a cape. The reference to Batman comes when Karun claims he is Alfred de Kingo’s dark knight, alluding to his role as the dedicated helper / servant to the superhero and his civilian alter ego. As for the third reference, it looks like fans will have to wait for the Eternals deleted scenes to happen.
It wasn’t just the DC Universe that Zhao wanted to refer to in the movie. His love of Star wars It also meant that she introduced Eros and Pip the Troll as Han and Chewie, a dynamic we’ll likely see unfold when the post-credits characters inevitably return to the MCU.
“They’re like Han Solo and Chewie. Arishem was looking for him, and he just became a space outlaw,” Zhao said. “That’s the character I had in mind. But I never once said to Kevin, ‘This is the character. Let’s find an actor.’ For me it was a forfeit. It must be Harry. That’s how I introduced him to Kevin. “
Eternals arrives on Disney + on January 12.
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