How Eternals Was Inspired By Iron Man & Captain America’s Relationship

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The heroes of Eternals will have a similar dynamic to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America’s (Chris Evans). After Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel Studios will introduce new characters in the MCU, this time, they’re from a superhero team who has been on Earth for centuries. With that many characters in one unit, it’s curious to imagine their relationship with each other.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Chloe Zhao, Eternals has been delayed multiple times due to the coronavirus pandemic, much like the rest of the MCU’s slate. Fortunately, however, it had finished principal photography before the health crisis spread, giving the filmmakers time to fine-tune it during post-production. Created by the Celestials, the Eternals are powerful beings who are essentially immortals. While their story spans thousands of years, its main narrative will take place after Avengers: Endgame. Eternals features a star-studded cast, with the 10 heroes played by Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Bryan Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, and Lia McHugh.

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On EW’s first-look preview on Eternals, producer Nate Moore describes the team’s dynamic to that of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ in the same way that they, too, can have fights and conflicts. The only difference is that these immortals have been stuck with each other for 7,000 years. Despite that, they always patch things up because of their strong bond.

“It’s a little bit like being on a road trip with nine of your closest friends for 7,000 years. In development, we joked that it’s like if Tony Stark and Steve Rogers lived together for that long. That friendship will turn into frenemies, and then turn into enemies, and then come back to friendship because you have that common bond. It’s like a family.”

Eternals Beach Scene
The two Eternals trailers released so far have hinted at story details and also teased the dynamic among the heroes. In the first trailer’s tag scene, some of the heroes sit down for a meal prepared by Gilgamesh (Lee) and discuss what’s next for the Avengers now that Captain Rogers and Iron Man are gone. Ikaris (Madden) offers to take their spot as the leader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which got loud laughs from the rest of his team, indicating that they have a playful dynamic. But considering Moore’s comment, chances are that it’s not always like this. Like Tony and Steve, expect the Eternals to have their serious differences, and they might even go through their own separation as what happened in Captain America: Civil War with the Avengers.

The complicated relationship among Eternals will ultimately what would humanize them. As powerful immortals, it’s the grounded story of the movie that will be its main draw, much like with every MCU project. If anything, Marvel Studios already confirmed that Eternals’ primary narrative will be a love story involving Ikaris, Sersi (Chan), and Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman. This would be more interesting to the general viewing audience who may not be knee-deep in the franchise but is interested in a romantic arc.

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