Oscar-Winning Director Chloé Zhao Shares New Details About Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’. Hot off her historic win as the first Women of Color to win “Best Director” and also earning “Best Picture” at the 2021 Academy Awards, Director Chloé Zhao has been using her time in the spotlight to share her excitement for her future projects, including Marvel Studios’ Eternals!
Zhao shared how her passion for storytelling and support from her leadership allowed for her to have her own space within the MCU, telling Variety, “It’s just been such an incredible experience working with the team at Marvel. I want to be careful saying “my vision,” even though I do want people to know they did support what I wanted to do. I want people to know that. But I also want to make sure they know that I got the support of this incredibly talented team, some of the most talented artists in the world. And it really is a village to make this film, but they did let me lead. Yes.”
Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige shared that Chloé Zhao and Marvel Executive Nate Moore approached him with a “spectacular” pitch for how to bring the Eternals in the MCU, calling the pitch “a very bold and very ambitious [idea], sprawling 7,000-year story of humanity and our place in the cosmos.”
Feige also shared that Chloé “was really fighting for practical locations” to bring the story to life and even noted to fellow executives “This [footage] is right out of a camera; there’s no VFX work to this at all!’ Because it was a beautiful sunset, with perfect waves and mist coming up from the shore on this giant cliffside — really impressive stuff.” Feige also shared that after watching “Nomadland,” he saw similar shots and thought, “Oh! That is not just what she wanted to bring to Marvel. This is a signature style.”
Marvel Studios’ Eternals stars Director Chloé Zhao (The Rider), Angelina Jolie (Thena), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Gemma Chan (Sersi), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kit Harrington (Dane Whitman/Black Knight), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Barry Keoghan (Druig), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Ma Dong-seok a.k.a. Don Lee (Gilgamesh).
Currently, Eternals is set to premiere in theaters on November 5, 2021. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Marvel!
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