Eternals director Chloé Zhao says the movie explores the MCU “before Thanos was born, before anyone was born”

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Eternal promises to be a Marvel movie like no other. Not only does the upcoming release top Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao, but the story promises to dive more into MCU lore than any other movie or TV series so far.

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The Eternals themselves are alien beings that have lived for millennia. They are Earth’s protectors, yet the group did not intervene while Thanos was collecting the Infinity Stones.

“[The audience] Will understand why,” Zhao assured Total Film in an upcoming issue of the magazine, Eternal feature on cover. “Not just why, but how the complexity of not intervening made them feel. We find out. You’ll see it in the movie. Eternals were instructed not to intervene in any humanitarian conflict unless Deviants were involved.” Don’t. There is a reason why this is so. And that was the instruction of the chief divine Arisham.”


The Celestials have already had an impact in the MCU, as we’ve seen one of these legendary creatures before – Aeson the Searcher – roaming around the universe and using the Power Stone in flashbacks during Guardians of the Galaxy. We have also met Divine, Star Lord’s father Ego.

Eternals promises to bring more celestial mythology, the movie going back in time – and big repercussions on things to come.

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“What got me excited is the idea of ​​going back in time and exploring [the time] Before Thanos was born, before anyone was born,” Zhao says. “Where does the MCU go back in time? And this brings us to the mythology of the celestials. Anything involving the Celestials is going to happen on a massive level of complexity, let’s put it that way.”

Eternal is set to open in theaters on November 5. For more on Eternals, be sure to choose New issue of Total Film magazine — featuring exclusive interviews with Zhao and the entire cast — when it hits shelves on Thursday, Sept. 16. And since it’s an exclusive line-up, there’s not one but four covers to collect, featuring all 10 heroes. Check them out below…

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