The first trailer for Eternals, a new Marvel movie directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao, has been released.
Zhao shot the film back to back with Nomadland, his elegiac drama about the van dwellers of America, using the same camera and operating platform. Such continuity has led many super-skeptical moviegoers to harbor unusually high hopes for an MCU movie.
The film’s first promo clip, due out in November, will give good praise to those hoping for a thoughtful change in tone for the studio, and Marvel purists hungry for a project with the respect due to the biffing whizzy. who has come before.
The film takes place immediately after Avengers: Endgame, which left many of the series’ key players dead or unavailable to save the world. It revolves around members of an immortal alien race who have secretly lived fairly calm lives (including as a Bollywood dancer and museum curator) on Earth, but who now must club together and use their varied superpowers for good. of humanity.
Angelina Jolie plays Thena, a warrior who can create any weapon from cosmic energy, while Richard Madden is Ikaris, the leader of the Eternals who can fly, shoot beams of cosmic energy from her eyes, and has super strength. The emotional engine of the film seems to be Ikaris’ centuries of sexual tension with Sersi (Gemma Chan), who works at the Oxford Museum of Natural History and has the ability to manipulate matter.
Other gang members include Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, the MCU’s first deaf superhero, and Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, the first openly gay superhero, who we see with her husband and child. . Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Barry Keoghan and Kit Harington are also in attendance.
Earlier this month, Marvel boss Kevin Feige ridiculed himself after expressing surprise that Zhao was able to shoot landscape scenes without relying on visual effects. He said he was amazed that Zhao spent time “really fighting for convenient locations” and that, while showing samples of the footage to Disney executives, he “had to keep saying, ‘It’ just came out of a camera; there is no VFX work at all to that! ‘
“Because it was a beautiful sunset, with perfect waves and mist coming from the shore on this giant cliff – really impressive things.”
Although he was one of those executives who helped hire Zhao for the film, Feige said it was only after watching Nomadland that he fully realized what Zhao had done. .
” Oh! It’s not just what she wanted to bring to Marvel; it’s a signature style, ”Feige thought at the time.
The first face seen in the Eternals trailer is that of an unknown middle-aged woman, skated on a dusty plain – an image that will seem familiar to those familiar with her previous work.
A clever use of music such as Skeeter Davis ‘End of the World reinforces suggestions that Eternals will indeed mark a change of direction for the series, while the trailer’s pleasant gain points to the films’ larky self-reverence. canonical Avengers.
Zhao became the second woman to win the Oscar for Best Director last month. Nomadland also won the award for best photo and best actress.