The MCU gets busy: ‘Eternals’ trailer drops, ‘Shang-Chi’ star battles trolls and more
It’s been the busy few days in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios finally posted a teaser trailer for Chloé Zhao’s “Eternals, ” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” celebrity Simu Liu dealt with online trolls and head honcho Kevin Feige addressed an ugly aspect of the biggest cinematic franchise ever: whitewashing.
Feige addresses whitewashing
In a brand new Men’s Health cover story focusing on Liu , the MCU’s first Asian lead, producer-creator Feige addressed past accusations associated with “whitewashing” other characters initially envisioned as Asians.
“Doctor Strange” started criticism before its 2016 premiere for casting Tilda Swinton, a white woman, as the Ancient One , who debuted in 1961 and it has been Marvel Comics’ longest-standing Asian male character. Co-screenwriter C. Robert Cargill , a whitened man, said in an job interview on Dual Toasted , “[P]eople are like, ‘Well, perhaps you should cast Michelle Yeoh? ’… If you are telling me you think it’s a good idea to cast a Chinese actress as a Tibetan character, you are out of your really fool mind and have no idea what… you’re talking about. ” He added, “We knew that the social justice players would be angry either way. ”
Yeoh is Malaysian .
Director Scott Derrickson later offered a more nuanced explanation of the casting: “Whitewashing, if you use the term the way it is used now — it’s what I did with the part. But it also implies racial insensitivity and it implies racist causes and I don’t think I needed either…. But it’s like I chose the lesser evil — and just because you choose the lesser evil it doesn’t mean you’re not selecting an evil. ”
And now Feige offers stepped up via Men’s Health, where he said, “We thought we were being therefore smart and so cutting-edge. We are not going to do the cliché from the wizened, old, wise Oriental man. But it was a wake-up call to say, ‘Well, wait around a minute, is there any other way to figure it out? Is there any other way to both not really fall into the cliché and cast an Asian acting professional? ’ And the answer to that will, of course , is yes. ”
Liu vs . online trolls
Liu has been dealing with fan criticism regarding his throwing, though not over their ethnicity. A supplemental piece to the Men’s Health cover story is headlined, “Simu Liu Responds to the Chinese Criticism He Was ‘Too Ugly’ to Play Shang-Chi. ”
“I got a ton of trolls, ” he told the outlet. “They’d leave Chinese comments on my page, and I’d be so excited to translate them because I thought ‘ooh they must be voicing their particular support. ’ And [instead] it would be such as, ‘Your face looks like the dog’s anus, you do not deserve this role. ’ ”
Upon Sunday, Liu tweeted , “Soooo glad that my friend showed me how to translate comments on Weibo” along with screenshots of comments such as “Handsome???? St?lla till med ett ha, ” “I really don’t find where he is handsome… ” and “Very standard Traditional western aesthetic standards for Asians, ” among others.
Lots of fans, of course , have tweeted their support: “In response to the person that said ‘I actually don’t see where he will be handsome’… I might say ‘Everywhere’ ” and “These folks couldn’t spot handsome with a GPS. Hubba hubba @SimuLiu” are among the cleaner representative rebuttals.
And finally, the particular highly anticipated “Eternals” trailer arrived Monday, showcasing Oscar winner Zhao’s vision, with much on-location shooting along with a knockout cast. Fans got their first look at the assembled group of immortal aliens completely regalia: Angelina Jolie (Thena), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Korean star Don Lee/Ma Dong-seok (Gilgamesh) and Barry Keoghan (Druig). They also have got to see “Game of Thrones” stars Package Harington (Dane Whitman/The Black Knight) and Richard Madden (Ikaris) inside a movie together for the first time and got a peek at the epic, epoch-spanning romance of Ikaris and Sersi ( Gemma Chan ).
(Feige has said that if there are a lead in “Eternals, ” it’s Chan’s Sersi, which would make her the first Asian female lead within an MCU project. )
Apart from the trailer’s visual beauty — producing an early bid for an outfit design Oscar nomination — it depicts the cosmic characters’ first encounter with Earthlings at what seems like the dawn of human being civilization. The Eternals assist humans grow crops and progress technologically while displaying power of flight, super-speed and matter manipulation, among others.
“We have watched, and led; we have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders, ” says the voice-over that sounds like Hayek. “Throughout the years, we now have never interfered — so far. ” (Which might solution the question, “Where were a person godlike beings when Thanos was cleaning out half the universe ? ”)
The trailer includes a tasty Easter egg within the closing moments to link it fully to the MCU. The forever youthful-appearing Sprite (Lia McHugh) muses towards the others, “So, now that Captain Rogers and Iron Guy are gone, who do you think can be gonna lead the Avengers? ”
Madden’s Ikaris suggests he could take the role… and the gathered Eternals burst out laughing.