'Eternals': AAPI Heritage Month Must-See Movies

We're highlighting director Chloe Zhao's upcoming MCU blockbuster "Eternals" for AAPI Heritage Month. Look for it in theaters November 2021.

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

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Today's must-see AAPI Heritage Month movie is the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe project, "Eternals." "Nomadland" director Chloe Zhao helms the film.

Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

The Movie

"Eternals" is at the center of the MCU's Phase Four. Consequently, it tells the story of a race of immortals who've been hiding on Earth for more than 7,000 years.

Created by Celestials, the Eternals must reveal themselves after an unexpected tragedy. Subsequently, they guard humanity from evil beings known as the Deviants.

The AAPI Connection

Chinese filmmaker and AAPI heroine Chloe Zhao makes her MCU debut with "Eternals." Most importantly, she sees diversity as a huge key to the film.

As a result, she casts the Eternals with lots of represented groups. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, and deaf actress Lauren Ridloff are among the heroes.

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

Meanwhile, Henry plays the MCU's first openly gay superhero. To sum up, Zhao is determined to have "Eternals" break barriers. Her indepedent film style will be important, as will her love of sci-fi and manga. As a result, she sees "Eternals" creating a "marriage of East and west."

Why You Should See It

Zhao is an empathetic filmmaker. She creates characters with integrity. Moreover, her movies are visually gorgeous. In conclusion, her sensibilities in a commercial project will be groundbreaking. In short, we predict her vision will set a new standard for superhero movies.

Did You Know

Angelina Jolie was cast two years ago. She was expected to play Sersi. The character is an Eternal who cares very much about humankind. MCU producer Kevin Feige says the movie will focus on her. However, Jolie will actually play Thena. Gemma Chan is the actress who will play Sersi. Previously, Chan appeared as Minn-Erva in "Captain Marvel."

©Momentum Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

©Momentum Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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