Eternals director Chloé Zhao recently made history at the 93rd Academy Awards by becoming the first woman of color to win the Best Director award while also receiving an Oscar for Best Picture for her film Nomadland. We now have a first look at Zhao’s next film, which is her first Marvel Studios feature. Five seconds of Eternal footage is shown in a new trailer outlining Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate before reconfirming its November 5, 2021, release date.
Zhao recently praised working with Marvel and that they gave her the necessary space to make the film she wanted.
“Props to Marvel,” Zhao stated. “From early on, they knew the way I wanted to make this film, how I wanted to shoot. It can’t be hundreds of people standing around. So they very much adapted how to run the set the way that I wanted to work. I’m still surrounded by 25 people. They just have armies, and each of them knew they needed to keep the army away.”
Within the Marvel Universe, the Eternals are a nearly immortal offshoot from humanity who were created by the Celestials. Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden are headlining the film as Thena and Ikaris, respectively. Kumail Nanjiani co-stars as Kingo, with Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.
Check out the video below to get your first look at footage from Eternals at the 2:20 mark: