First Eternal trailer showing Gemma Chan’s Sersi arriving on Earth – and his reaction perfectly reverses that offered by his previous Captain Marvel character. Based on Jack Kirby’s titular character race, the Eternals will break onto screens later in Phase 4. In the process, they will change everything fans thought they knew about the history of the MCU. Living on Earth in secret, the Eternals come with a variety of powers that they have used to subtly guide and advance humanity throughout the centuries. However, in their first cinematic outing, they will finally step out of the shadows to protect the world from new threats.
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Eternal It featured a star-studded cast that included Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, and many others. Despite the overall nature of the ambitious film, MCU architect Kevin Feige stated that Chan’s Sersi was considered the lead. The decision made sense, as the comics established Sersi as the most powerful at manipulating matter. Likewise, she is the member of the group with the strongest kinship with humanity. As such, it would track that she would lead the decision to bypass the Eternals’ “no interference” rule. That love for the Earth and the human race was evident from the moment Sersi first saw them in the Eternal trailer.
Standing next to Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi gazed at his future home with warmth. Turning to Ikaris, he said: “It’s beautiful, right?Although it was worded as a question, it was delivered much more as a statement. With the character of Ajak (Hayek) taking over the voice-over duties, a short montage of scenes featured a sample of Sersi bonding more directly with humans. That affection that lasts around the world More than 7000 years to this day, I still saw the world in similar awe alongside Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman (aka Black Knight). It was comforting and a strikingly stark contrast to the Chan’s previous MCU character.
As many may already know, the actress made her official MCU debut in 2019. Captain Marvel. As Minn-Erva, Chan acted alongside Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers as a member of the Kree’s elite Starforce unit. After Carol learned the truth of her past, the former teammates became fierce enemies. – with Minn-Erva finally able to embrace the animosity he felt towards her. However, that hostility wasn’t limited to Captain Marvel. At the beginning of the movie, Minn-Erva asked him Bron-Char (Rune Temte) if he had ever been to Earth (designated C-53 by the Kree). “One time“he replied dryly.”It’s real shit! “
Dice Eternal writer / director Chloé Zhao (as well as Marvel Studios attention to detail), the move had to have been intentional. After all, when Kenneth Choi appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming As the principal of Peter Parker’s high school, the character was linked to Jim Morita, Choi’s previous character from Captain America the First Avenger. Not similarly referencing the conscious choice to reuse Chan would have been a missed opportunity.
In its current form, the respective lines of dialogue served to highlight the differences between the actress’s respective characters. Where Minn-Erva was openly villainous, Sersi will be the entire hero, openly fighting the beings known as Deviants and perhaps even a secret villain within the Eternals. Equally, it served as a fun dialogue-based Easter egg for fans to notice. Whether they are additional references to dual roles or other elements of Captain Marvel in general it will become clear when Eternal it finally launches in November.
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