MCU fans are gearing up for a big winter, as Phase 4 of Marvel is now in full swing. Far on the heels of some amazing Disney+ series, Marvel is finally back in theaters with the release of Kali Mai And Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The upcoming theatrical release is what excites many fans the most, as some can hardly wait until the November release Eternal. The film features a star-studded and incredibly diverse array of heroes, which some critics have complained about Disney trying to signal a culture of diversity again. However, star Angelina Jolie says that the diversity of the cast was essential to the film’s story.
On the pages of Marvel Comics, The Eternal is a sort of alternate evolution of the human race. The same race of celestials that tampered with the genetics of the early Earthlings to create humans also created The Eternals and The Deviants. After the Divine culture took a turn towards enslaving humanity, The Eternal’s mission became to help mankind find its cousin.
The film appears to be telling a slightly changed but fundamentally similar version of the story. The plot of the film seems to be focused on reconnecting The Eternals to the parts of society where they have been hiding for thousands of years to counter an imminent threat. The Eternals themselves form a very diverse group, portrayed as Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Gemma Chan Cersei and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.
The cast also includes Brian Tyree Henry as Festos, Marvel’s first openly gay hero, and includes Lauren Ridloff as Marvel’s first deaf hero, Macari. Although critics were quick to complain that this sounded like a PR casting call from a studio that had been repeatedly accused of marginalizing minority actors, the diversity of the cast really did not affect the film’s themes and plot. be important for.
‘Not for diversity’
In a recent interview, Angelina Jolie, who plays Thena in the upcoming film, was pressed for her views on casting criticism. According to screen rent, she was quick to refute claims that the variety cast was the result of some stunt casting or PR stunts on Disney’s part. “I think one of the cool things about this movie is that it’s not diversity for the sake of diversity,” the leading lady replied bluntly.
He continued, discussing how diversity is itself the protagonist, “Part of the core idea is, if you’re going to have eternal and they’re going to dissolve into the earth across the globe, they have to be. world.” From his comments, it becomes a little more clear what director Chloe Zhao is doing with the film.
As MCU stories are now dealing with global and even multidimensional threats in the MCU, heroes with narrow cultural origins and nationalistic identities don’t really fit eternally. As a superhero team for humanity itself, they need to look like all of humanity.
Humanity taking its place in the universe
Marvel has always been very clear that Phase 4 of the MCU will take fans further into the cosmic side of the comic book mythos. Based on what the trailer showed, it looks like Marvel is aiming to continue that effort.
whereas Eternal can’t be about multiversal splintering like bottle gourd or (seemingly) next Spider-Man: No Way Home, But it takes some serious work to tie the limited world of the MCU into Marvel’s greater cosmic mythology. After seeing Arisham the Judge in the flesh in the trailer, fans are ready to learn a little more about The Celestials, The Deviants, and the rest of the history of the universe. Eternal.
Such a diverse cast is really fitting for a film that really has the ability to bring out the culture and world-building of the MCU. if Eternal As fans are going to be taken down the rabbit hole of Marvel cosmic history, it’s fitting that the Defenders of Humanity represents all of humanity as we enter this brave new world.
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