entertainment news Eternals star Angelina Jolie revealed why she decided to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
For as long as comic book movies existed, signing on for a role in any of these films used to be looked down upon from some actors and actresses, dismissing the material as disposable children’s entertainment. However, in the advent of the MCU, DC Films and others, more of Hollywood’s biggest stars are signing onto such films more than ever before. One of the most recent stars taking part in the comic book movie renaissance is none other than Angelina Jolie, who will play Thena in Eternals.
Angelina Jolie is one of Hollywood’s most successful movie stars, and some were caught by surprise to see her join the ensemble cast of Eternals given that she often headlines her own films. However, there was one element about the new MCU that drew the Academy Award-winner’s interest.
In the Fall 2021 issue of Disney’s D23 magazine, the cast of Eternals discussed their involvement in the new MCU film. Angelina Jolie revealed an integral reason as to why she signed on for Chloe Zhao’s film:
“This was the real reason I wanted to make the film. It was to be part of such a diverse family, and it really didn’t matter to me what the size of the role would be.”
Angelina Jolie has a point. With the obvious exception of the most recent Avengers movies, Marvel Studios’ Eternals boasts the most culturally diverse ensemble cast. The cast is reflective of the franchise’s future of more diverse characters taking the spotlight, which include Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon as the new Captain America, the further exploration of Wakanda in the Black Panther sequel, Brie Larson bringing along Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau in The Marvels and most recently, the introduction of Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi.
It will be exciting to see how Angelina Jolie’s Thena is portrayed in Eternals, and if Chloe Zhao’s Academy Award-winning film Nomadland is any indication, it’s safe to say that we’ll be getting yet another remarkable performance from the actress. In particular, to see her with such an exciting ensemble will hopefully bring something truly unique to the MCU.
Often defending Earth from their monstrous counterparts, the Eternals became embroiled in a civil war amongst themselves over whether or not they should conquer the other races. One faction was led by Kronos and the other by his warlike brother named Uranos, with Kronos’ side ultimately winning the conflict while Uranos and his followers were exiled.
Chloé Zhao is directing Eternals from a script written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The cast of the Marvel Studios project includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as Ajak and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
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Speaking with Empire (via @CreamOrScream) Jolie opened up about her decision to join the Marvel Studios project. Admitting that she doesn’t “usually lean towards superhero or sci-fi films,” the actress said that she “felt like something else was happening in this film” and that it was “very character-driven.” The actress then added that she was actually approached for a different high-profile superhero project before, which she turned down because of the aforementioned reason, saying the films are “not usually what I’m looking to do.” However, Jolie remained tight-lipped on what the role or project was, so it’s unclear who eventually landed the role instead.
Jolie’s casting in Eternals was big for Marvel Studios. Looking back at the original SDCC announcement, MCU architect Kevin Feige candidly revealed that even he was surprised that he was able to lock in an appearance from the high-profile actress. Since then, Jolie has had nothing but very positive things to say about her experience working on the movie, and seems to be very keen on the story they are telling. Prior to her new comment, Jolie said that she supports Marvel’s commitment to expanding the way superheroes are depicted on the screen. At this point, not much is known about Thena’s role in the narrative, but between agreeing to star in a comic book film and her subsequent high praises about the project, it seems like Marvel Studios really have something special with Eternals.
As for the role the Jolie rejected? It’s difficult to guess at, especially since the actress didn’t give out any clues as to when this conversation occurred. Over the years, she had been rumored to be in the running to appear in a few superhero blockbusters, but clearly, nothing seemed worth her while until Eternals. In any case, it’s understandable why Jolie would refuse to spill specific details about the mysterious project, since her words would almost certainly be twisted into an unnecessary commotion. And as a newcomer to the MCU, Jolie is likely keen to do whatever she can to avoid that.