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Eternals' Unexpected Ikaris Was Inspired By Snyder's Man of Steel

Eternals director Chloé Zhao has revealed how Zack Snyder's Man of Steel inspired her work on the latest Marvel movie. The Eternals film is the 26th feature to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is the 30th project to come from Marvel Studios overall. The film, which opened in theaters nationwide this weekend, takes the MCU in an entirely new direction. The story spans thousands of years as the myth-inspiring Eternals protect humanity from the monstrous Deviants at the direction of Marvel's giant space gods the Celestials.

The Academy Award-winning director Zhao brought her own personality and style to the MCU with the film, which used natural light and shot on location much more than is usual for Marvel's films. She has also been very open about her love of DC's characters in addition to Marvel's. There are several DC references in the film (which have been shown in the marketing). Notably, at one point the Eternal Phastos's (Brian Tyree Henry) son mistakes the team's most powerful member Ikaris (Richard Madden) for Superman. Zhao has stated that the inclusion of DC references was not an issue for Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige. She said "You write it on the page, show it to Kevin, if he doesn't say anything, that's a go. I don't think there was a conversation. Not really, except, he goes, 'Oh that's cool'"

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In a recent interview with the French publication cinema.jeuxactu.com, Zhao built upon previous comments by saying that she was inspired by the most recent Superman film, 2013's Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder. She said that she enjoyed how the film approached the god-like Kal-El by focusing on the humanity and realism in the story. When asked about how Superman could have inspired the character of Ikaris, Zhao replied:

"You said it, not me! Superman is the Übermensch, the ultimate man, the superman, a concept that exists in all cultures. Of all modern interpretations of Superman, this is Zack Snyder’s with Man Of Steel which inspired me the most because he approached this myth in an authentic and very real way. I remember thinking it was Superman by Terrence Malick when I saw the trailer. This film left a strong impression on me. But Ikaris is, of course, our own take on Superman.”

Zhao directly saying that Man of Steel left a strong impression on her is certainly an interesting development, as many reviews have said Eternals feels a bit more like a DC film than a Marvel film. The reception to Eternals has been pretty mixed, as the film currently holds a 48% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and it received a B rating on CinemaScore, both of which are all-time lows for the MCU but are on par with DC films such as Man of Steel or Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latest Marvel film is holding an 81% approval from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes however, and Eternals is on track to earn a box office haul of around $75 million following its Thursday debut which exceeded that of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Zhao's positive sentiments toward Man of Steel are not a big surprise but are good to hear nonetheless. Although the divisions and debates between Marvel and DC fans can often be pretty toxic, it's always encouraging to see the talent involved in the films voicing support for one another. Maybe Zhao could follow in James Gunn's footsteps and go as far as actually working with DC, though hopefully not before she makes an Eternals sequel to capitalize on those wild end credits scenes.

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Source: cinema.jeuxactu.com

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