Movie ‘Eternals’ Debuts, Featuring Diverse Cast and Marvel’s First Deaf Role

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LOS ANGELES – Actresses Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek brought Hollywood glamor to the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ latest comic book adaptation, “Eternals,” on Monday.

Directed by Chloe Zhao, who won Best Director and Best Picture for “Nomadland” at the Oscars earlier this year, “Eternals” features one of the most diverse cast of any Marvel movie.

“I hope that what should have been there in the first place begins to normalize,” Jolie told Reuters. “I hope that people see these films in the years to come and we don’t even think they are diverse, they just become what is normal and correct, and the appropriate representation of the world we live in.”

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Gemma Chan plays the lead role of Sersi, one of the Eternals, a group of aliens who have lived on Earth and secretly guided humanity for 7,000 years.

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“It has a different tone, visually it will be quite different,” said Chan. “Obviously the cast is huge and spans 7,000 years, so it’s a really epic story. One of the themes of the film is the connection, the connection to each other, the connection to the earth. I hope that resonates with people in some way. “

“Eternals” also features the first deaf character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari.

“I could be the first, but I won’t be the only one for much longer,” Ridloff signed in American Sign Language. “There is another deaf superhero coming to the MCU very soon, so this is definitely a game changer.”

Delayed a year due to the pandemic, “Eternals” will finally hit theaters on November 5.

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