Chloé Zhao, fresh off an Academy win with her 2020 film Nomadland grabbing the Best Picture and Best Director, was reported saying once how she would cherish an opportunity to direct a film in the MCU and voila, here we are!
Marvel Studios released the first full teaser trailer of the much-anticipated ‘Eternals’ which has a stellar star cast including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Don Lee.
The 2-ish minute long teaser is just that – a tease which does not reveal much but gets the audience excited nonetheless.
It starts off with Skeeter Davis’ The End of the World playing with a voice-over by Hayek’s Ajak – “We have watched, and guided. We have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders. Throughout the years we have never interfered, until now.”
If we are to go word-by-word from this teaser, Eternals are an alien race living on Earth since the days of the early man and now it’s upon them to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, The Deviants. The film follows the aftermath of the events of “Avengers: Endgame” which came out in 2019.
It looks like a classic MCU film where the situation on Earth has become so dire that the Eternals have no choice but to come out, reveal themselves and save the world.
What stays with you from the trailer is the visual grandeur that has come to be associated with Marvel films, the star studded cast and some rather interesting small snippets like what appears to be a wedding in Indian style where Sersi (Chan) and Ikaris (Madden) exchange marigold garlands or when Kingo, played by Nanjiani, is seen dancing Bollywood style! And of course the dinner table scene with all of the cast engaging in some light hearted banter. Keen eyed viewers will spot Harish Patel of Gunda fame here!
What’s note-worthy is that with this film, it looks like Marvel wants to acknowledge its market in South-East Asia.
The Eternals will be released in late October in India and on November 5 in the US.
You can catch the teaser here –