Marvel Reveals How It Achieved Its Most Precarious Shot EVER

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Marvel’s Eternals just dropped a full-length trailer for the film, which is hitting theaters on November 5, 2021. And while Marvel fans are processing all the new reveals from the Deviants to the Celestials and the new big villain Kro, director Chloé Zhao revealed how she achieved some of those breath-taking shots in the trailer.

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The money shot features the cast of the Eternals movie — the group of immortal superheroes — arriving on Earth sometime in the distant past. It is bound to be turned into a poster.

The Academy Award-winning director of Nomadland, Chloé Zhao sat down with Entertainment Weekly and revealed how it all came together.

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The impressive aforementioned shot wasn’t achieved in a blue screen sound stage with wind machines that blew with the force of a helicopter. Instead, Zhao pulled her whole star-studded cast and crew to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and brought them to a treacherous ledge. She said:

“It was probably the windiest cliff that I have ever been on. You’d have to have a helicopter to achieve the wind that we had that day. We had our whole cast standing on that cliff in their costumes, and we played really loud operatic music on the speaker, just blasting that through the wind.”

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eternals calendar cover Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilgamesh (Ma Dong-Seok), Druig (Barry Keogah), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Brian Tyree Hendry), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff)
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The experience seems to have drawn Marvel’s most diverse cast together and because far from fearing the wind pulling them into a watery grave; they seem to remember the experience and their leader fondly. Zhao added that:

“Seeing my cast coming together in formation as the Eternals, with the beauty of this ancient-looking landscape, and the ocean and the sky, that was…I mean, I couldn’t stand because I felt like I was getting lifted by the wind. But other than that, it was pretty awesome.”

The whole shot, where the cast is arranged in a triangle is a reference to one of Zhao’s favorite Eternals comic book covers — Possibly The Eternals Omnibus by legendary Marvel Comics artist and Eternals creator, Jack Kirby.

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Barry Keoghan, who plays the Eternal Druig in the film, arrived late on the first day of shooting but remembers the first time the whole cast came together in costume:

“When I arrived and put it on for the first time, it was kind of nice to walk out and see the rest of the cast’s reaction. They were like, ‘Whoa!’ It’s a weird feeling to see yourself like that. As soon as you put the boots on, your posture transforms. You definitely notice how your whole demeanor and everything just changes.”

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The Eternals Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilgamesh (Ma Dong-Seok), Sprite (Lia McHugh),
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The cast for Marvel’s Eternals is packed to brim with talent including Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilgamesh (Ma Dong-Seok), Druig (Barry Keogah), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Brian Tyree Hendry), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), and Dan Whitman AKA Black Knight (Kit Harrington).

And the film is shaping up to be strikingly different from the rest of Marvel Phase 4, and all the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries that came before it. One actor, Kumail Nanjiani, also revealed to Entertainment Weekly that is all thanks to Zhao and her vision saying:

“She’s just one of the greatest filmmakers ever, and she’s at the height of her powers right now. Working with someone like that, you’d think it’d be intimidating, but it was the opposite. I just felt very safe. I was like, Oh, she’s not going to let me suck at this.”

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The official description of the next Marvel movie to follow Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021) reads:

Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

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