Zhao talks that surprise “Eternals” reference

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Last week came a feature set for Chloe Zhao’s “Eternals” that includes a pop culture reference of a character, nothing new in terms of Marvel Studios features that always do this.

One difference this time, however, is that it is a direct reference to one of the most famous characters from Marvel’s rival DC. The clip shows a child calling Eternal Ikaris (Richard Madden) “Superman” and says, “Dad, this is Superman! he has no cape.

It’s not one, either, because another scene has a character calling another “Alfred” in relation to Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth because one of the characters is a pop culture fanatic and a Batman fan.

This has led to a lot of fandom reactions over these moments, proving that DC characters are fictional superheroes in this universe, while Marvel like Thor and Black Panther are real. Talk to Variety, Zhao seet:

“I take responsibility for it. You write it on the page, show it to Kevin, if he says nothing, then it goes. I do not think it was a conversation. Not really, except, he says,” Oh, that is cool.”

We play in a genre that draws so much from mythology, and Superman for example was created in the comics and also by these brilliant filmmakers – these are modern reinterpretations of a mythical character that exists in different cultures. Ikaris is our interpretation of it. It does not mean that we can not pay homage to the truly iconic version that we all love and have influenced.

She goes on to say that everything referenced in this film either in dialogue or visually is a homage to “out of love and our admiration for these characters.” “Eternals” opens in theaters next week.

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