Chloe Zhao Confirms Superman Exists in The MCU and Why
Even though we probably won’t soon see a clash between heroes from DC Movie Universe and heroes from Marvel Cinematic Universe, that doesn’t mean that those same characters don’t exist in one another.
In an interview with Comicbook, Eternals director Chloe Zhao admitted she put a pretty obvious Superman reference in her next movie, Eternals.
According to the outlet, this scene occurs when Ikaris (Richard Madden) and Sersi (Gemma Chan) reunite with fellow Eternal Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry).
Upon seeing Ikaris, Phastos’ son says, “Dad, that’s Superman! With the cape, and you were shooting laser beams out of your eyes!” However, Ikaris dismisses the rumor, responding with a quick, “I don’t wear a cape.”
Zhao has now confirmed the young boy was really referencing Superman and here is her explanation why:
“I take some responsibility for that. I think we’re in the business of telling stories about mythology, and Superman, for example, comes from origin of mythology. In many different cultures, there’s a form of Superman. And the people that created Superman and the brilliant filmmakers [who] brought Superman to screen, their movies are basically, in my opinion, doing a modern interpretation of that mythology.”
Zhao’s comment really has sense, and it is very nice to see how directors and studios allow and even admire heroes from opposing teams.
“It doesn’t mean we can’t pay tribute and have a good time with these iconic ones that we all love to so much,” Zhao said. “I mean, who doesn’t love Superman and Batman? Clearly our Eternals like them.”
Here’s the official Marvel Eternals synopsis:
After the return of half the population in Avengers: Endgame (2019) ignites “the emergence”, the Eternals—an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years—reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
Eternals, starring Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayak, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Kit Harington, and Angelina Jolie, opens exclusively in theaters on November 5.