The second and final trailer for Marvel Studios’ The Eternals dropped Thursday, and we’d be lying if we said we aren’t impressed. The film was directed by Beijing-born, Chinese-American filmmaker Chloé Zhao, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
The two-minute 51-second preview is a methodically plotted medley of stunning landscapes and visual effects, terrifying monsters and A-list celebrities — including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Game of Throne’s alumni Richard Madden and Kit Harington. British-Asian actress Gemma Chan, who is of Chinese descent, also has a lead role in the film.
The trailer sets a grim scene right off the bat, informing viewers that the energy created when the Avengers undid Thanos’ cosmic genocide in Avengers: Endgame has exposed Earth to a new threat — Deviants.
As the preview progresses, we learn that humanity’s best hope for survival lies in the hands of 10 immortal alien humanoids appropriately called the Eternals. These heroes have a range of superpowers and have lived clandestinely on Earth for 7,000 years.
The Zhao-helmed film is the 26th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Zhao’s latest offering following the incredible success of Nomadland, which she wrote and directed.
Nomadland received six nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. In achieving the top honor for film direction, Zhao became the second woman and first non-white woman to win the award.
— Nomadland (@nomadlandfilm) April 26, 2021
The Eternals, which some have hailed as one of Marvel Studio’s most ambitious projects to date, is set to hit theaters in North America on November 5. While the film will debut in Hong Kong a week earlier, on October 28.
It is presently unclear whether or not the film will hit silver screens on the Chinese mainland, following the nationalist backlash against Zhao that accompanied the overseas debut of Nomadland and scuttled the film’s China release.
The online pushback against the director in China has been primarily attributed to misreported comments she previously made in English-language interviews.
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