ETERNALS Star Angelina Jolie Explains Why She Decided To Join The Marvel Cinematic Universe

ETERNALS Star Angelina Jolie Explains Why She Decided To Join The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Angelina Jolie's decision to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe definitely took fans by surprise, and the actress has now elaborated on what led to her agreeing to play Thena in Eternals. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Feb 02, 2021 02:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Eternals
Source: Vogue

Angelina Jolie is no stranger to big budget movies, but has moved away from those in recent years, stepping behind the camera to direct critically acclaimed releases like Unbroken and By the Sea

This a big part of why her decision to join the cast of Eternals as Thena took many fans by surprise. However, in a recent interview with Vogue, the one-time Lara Croft explained what led to her becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe family with this upcoming blockbuster. 

"I love this cast, and that we all came together," the actress explained. "I signed up to support Chloé [Zhao]’s vision and Marvel’s commitment to expand the way we see 'superheroes.' Running around in a gold bodysuit was not how I imagined my forties. But it’s good crazy, I think."

We don't know much about Thena in Eternals, but it sounds like she is close to Gilgamesh, and a big part of this team. Whether Jolie plans to remain a regular part of the MCU or this is just a one-off appearance remains to be seen, but this casting addition was a big win for Marvel Studios. 

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10. The Most Powerful Eternal


The heroes who make up the Eternals are a powerful bunch, and could have easily turned the tide against villains like Loki and Thanos. Instead, they've remained hidden in the shadows, and that's likely a decision made by the team's leader, Ikaris. 

Described as the "tactical leader" and "most powerful Eternal," the hero "takes pride in keeping the other Eternals safe." While Ikaris has stayed out of human affairs for centuries, the return of the Deviants sees "Ikaris [lead] the charge to unite the scattered Eternals to stop the new threat."

Interestingly, it's also been revealed that Ajak is the "spiritual leader" of the Eternals whose "wisdom has helped guide the team since they arrived here from their home planet."

9. The Team's Spaceship


It appears this version of the Eternals weren't created on Earth, because a LEGO set reveals that they have a spaceship. We know better than to trust this particular brand of toy when it comes to plot spoilers, but there's no way LEGO would make up this detailed a mode of transportation for the team!

This actually ties into that description for Ajak in the previous slide, and Makkari's points out that she uses her powers to "scout planets for the Eternals."

Clearly, they've been on Earth for a long time, but that wasn't necessarily always the case. Have they been trapped here or were they tasked with protecting this planet, in particular? Whatever the case may be, there's clearly going to be a noteworthy cosmic element to this Marvel Studios movie.

8. Move Over, Quicksilver


Poor Quicksilver only made two appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first came in Captain America: The Winter Soldier's post-credits scene, while the second was obviously in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Initially siding with Ultron, he saw the error of his ways and later sacrificed himself to save Hawkeye. 

Since then, the MCU has been without a Speedster, and while we're pretty sure we'll meet Speed in WandaVision, not even he will seemingly be a match for Makkari. 

Described as the "fastest woman in the universe," the hero has "cosmically powered super-speed." It's pointed out that Makkari is deaf, something that's beneficial as it means "the sonic boom that accompanies her cosmic running does not affect her."

7. An Unlikely Pairing


Played by Angelina Jolie, Thena is a character who has been mostly overlooked up until now. Part of the reason for that is because we know so little about this member of the Eternals, but that recently changed thanks to a description of this "fierce warrior more comfortable in battle than any other place."

While she's described as "surly and aloof," it sounds a lot like we can look forward to an unexpected friendship with her fellow Eternal, Gilgamesh. 

That spans centuries, and as his description reveals, "He becomes Thena's de factor partner when the events of the past exile them from the rest of the team." Is it possible they've spent hundreds of years locked up or in hiding? There's clearly a big story to tell here regardless.

6. A Celebrity Superhero


Here's something a little different. 

In the comic books, Kingo spent centuries in Japan learning the ways of the Samurai, only to later use that to become a major movie star in the country. This version will be a Bollywood star, and unlike his fellow Eternals, he hasn't exactly been hiding from the public. Instead, he's "become enamoured with the idea of fame" over the centuries, but likely keeps his powers under wraps.

It's the emergence of the Deviants which leads to him leaving "his life of wealth and celebrity" behind in order to help his fellow teammates repel the threat they pose to Earth. 

5. Monstrous Deviants


An action figure leak from some time ago confirmed that Kro will have a monstrous, inhuman appearance. However, with the Deviants kept under wraps for the most part, we don't know what to expect.

Based on what we've seen in the aforementioned LEGO sets, they'll all be quite animalistic, a blue-like colour, and definitely not like anything we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until now. 

They all have such varied appearances in the comic books, we can't even really look there for clues. However, Kro is bound to be voiced by an A-Lister, but that casting amazingly still hasn't leaked online.

4. Arishem Vs. The Eternals


The Celestials being part of Eternals is no great surprise, and it sounds a lot like they're returning to Earth in this movie for the first time in thousands of years (no doubt due to the Infinity Stones). 

Whether they're friend or foe remains to be seen, but one of the leaked LEGO sets confirmed that we'll see Arishem, the same Celestial we first met in Guardians of the Galaxy's flashback scenes. This confirms a similarly leaked Funko Pop listing from last year, and it sounds like the ancient Celestial will, at least at some point, lend a helping hand to the Eternals. 

LEGO describes Arishem as the team's leader, so time will tell how he's portrayed on screen.

3. Sprite's Curse


In the comic books, Sprite looks like a child, but is just as old as his fellow Eternals. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is a she, but suffers from the same tragic affliction. 

Sprite looks like a 12-year-old, and has the power to cast lifelike illusions. She's good friends with Sersi, but "hides a world-weary sadness because she's been treated like a child by humanity for centuries." Despite that, Sprite is said to be "much stronger and cleverer than she appears."

However, what we'd like to know is how Marvel Studios will address the fact that actress Lia McHugh is obviously growing up fast, and is already quite a bit older than when she was first cast.

2. Love Triangle


We've never really had a good 'ol fashioned love triangle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that looks set to change with Eternals. So far, we've seen and heard nothing of Kit Harington's Black Knight, though set photos have confirmed that he'll become close with Gemma Chan's Sersi.

Sersi's character description mentions that "she's been in love with Ikaris for centuries, and helps him recruit the Eternals for one last mission." Does he not feel the same way or is her head about to be turned by the human Dane Whitman? At this stage, it's simply way too soon to say for sure. 

Sersi has clearly embraced her human side, and works as a museum curator when the movie begins. 

1. Some Amazing Costumes


If there's one thing we can now say for sure, it's that the Eternals will be decked out in some undeniably incredible costumes. Set photos taken from a distance confirmed that they're practical rather than CGI, and while the promo art and action figures probably don't do them justice, they look epic.

That's evident from the Marvel Legends figures, while recent promo art leaks have shown us the colourful, vibrant costumes that Ikaris and Sersi are set to head into battle wearing. 

Needless to say, this movie really can't get here soon enough, and we can only hope that an official first look will be shared in the coming weeks. For now, though, these leaks offer a great idea of what to expect from what might be Marvel Studios' riskiest venture since Guardians of the Galaxy

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L0RDbuckethead - 2/2/2021, 2:36 AM
Can't wait to see her in the MCU.

hummingbird68 - 2/2/2021, 4:17 AM
@L0RDbuckethead - Always thought of Angelina and Salma as a Goddesses, so this works for ME :)
LSHF - 2/2/2021, 7:12 AM
@L0RDbuckethead - This image if tripping me! It looks like a photograph with the hand-puppet moving. Everything else is 100% still.
RolandD - 2/2/2021, 12:50 PM
@Waddles - Dissociate?

RolandD - 2/2/2021, 1:27 PM
@Waddles - Hey it all gave me a moment or two of amusement so don't hold back.
dracula - 2/2/2021, 2:43 AM
Wonder how New Gods is coming along, i think that was announced before Eternals. Hopefully the gods of New Genesis look good and hopefully the gods pf apocalypse are completely redesigned
RolandD - 2/2/2021, 6:10 PM
@dracula - Sad for DC that the "rip off" of Darkseid has gotten way more traction in movies than the original, and well deserved. Roy Thomas' words from when he was at Marvel, not mine. As in not Snyder's designs? LOL
bman263 - 2/2/2021, 2:46 AM
Probably the biggest star they have had so far to lead one of these. As in, every other actor wasn't the globally popular star AJ is before being in a Marvel movie.
Doomsday8888 - 2/2/2021, 3:12 AM
Wait till they get [REDACTED] for Magneto and [REDACTED] for Xavier!

You heard it here first, true believers!!!
Kumkani - 2/2/2021, 3:18 AM
@Doomsday8888 - I'm not sure about [REDACTED] but I do quite like [REDACTED]. Although I'm personally a bit more partial to [REDACTED].
bman263 - 2/2/2021, 10:07 PM
@Doomsday8888 @Kumkani - LOL WHAT
PantherKing - 2/2/2021, 2:56 AM
Honestly I’m hyped to see Thena on screen more than anyone else. Don’t get my wrong I didn’t know much about the Eternals years ago but I did my research after the rumors. I’m more drawn to new and obscure characters rather than saying “Oh this will suck because it’s not a proven franchise”. That’s why I get excited about new things. This movie definitely is in my top 2 anticipated future MCU movies.
Mugens - 2/2/2021, 2:58 AM
Good for her and good for Marvel as it seems to continue to expand its roster of actors and directors.
Spike101 - 2/2/2021, 3:09 AM
Could be good, could be terrible. I do so hope that they do justice to the way these characters were originally drawn though. We’ll just have to wait and see 😊
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 2/2/2021, 4:00 AM
Plus she's got kids, who likely wanna she her do something cool & fun.
bman263 - 2/2/2021, 10:10 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - i think for what its worth billy bob thorne and brad pitt seem pretty cool and fun idk what you're saying
marvel72 - 2/2/2021, 5:33 AM
Money and it could be more movies,so more money.
GeneralZod - 2/2/2021, 8:46 AM
@marvel72 - Facts.
WackyBantha - 2/2/2021, 5:41 AM
theFUZZ008 - 2/2/2021, 6:11 AM

Battabing - 2/2/2021, 10:32 PM
@theFUZZ008 -
Thanks to Angelina every thin-lipped white woman thinks she can make duck-lips work.
Reeds2Much - 2/2/2021, 7:32 AM
Money and limelight.
rkshuttleworth - 2/2/2021, 7:48 AM
She has done the action film thing so it's not like it is totally out of her range.
GeneralZod - 2/2/2021, 8:43 AM
A dishonest answer: "I signed up to support Chloé [Zhao]’s vision and Marvel’s commitment to expand the way we see 'superheroes.'"

An honest answer: "I signed up when my agent told me it was a minimum three-movie deal totaling 8 figures plus royalties. Being in my mid-40s, I would be whack to pass up on such a big payday. Plus, all Hollywood A-list actors are now on the Marvel Studios train, had to jump on."
Tonic24k - 2/2/2021, 10:49 AM
@GeneralZod - Maybe, maybe not. Most A-list actors love the art of acting. It's why they've been in the game for as long as they have. This notion that big time actors only ever do movies for a paycheck is shallow. Sure, it happens sometimes. But not nearly as regularly as folks try to make it seem.
JonC - 2/2/2021, 8:47 AM
"Running around in a gold bodysuit was not how I imagined my forties" worked for me in Beowolf.

RolandD - 2/2/2021, 9:16 AM
You can only make so many Maleficent movies? I kid.
Bryanferryfan - 2/2/2021, 12:13 PM
Yeah, I can't wait to see it. Eternals can be the new Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a shame that DC will more than likely will not get the New Gods off the ground. Haven't heard about a script or casting or nothing. So, this will be the closest thing to it that will come out.
kirbyfan - 2/4/2021, 8:24 AM
Marvel wants to expand the way we see superheroes?! That's code for we're going to ruin these characters!
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