Eternals star Gemma Chan confirmed her return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with W Magazine, Chan was asked how she felt about playing Eternals member Sersi in the recent MCU film. "It was interesting. In Eternals, she starts out shy and then discovers her power as a leader. That was fun," Chan said. When asked if she will ever reprise her Eternals role in the future, Chan had a cheeky response: "Yes. Marvel owns us for life."
This is not the first time Chan has spoken about Sersi's transformation throughout the film, previously referring to the character's journey as a sort of "coming of age" story as she grows into her power. "I mean, yes, Sersi is a superhero, but her powers are not kind of the most obvious or the-the flashiest," Chan said during a November 2021 press conference attended by CBR. "She's not, you know, the best fighter. But what she does have is empathy and a real affinity for humankind and the earth."
She continued, "That was one of the enjoyable things about the film, was going on that journey with that character. You know, it's kind of her coming of age, even though she's probably thousands of years old. But she learns to trust herself and to grow into her own power, really. And that was a really interesting thing to explore."
How and when Chan will reappear in the MCU remains unclear, though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has previously referred to Sersi as the de facto main character of the Eternals, and the film's ending left the door open for the remaining Eternals to reprise their roles in a future MCU installment. One half of the group sees Sersi, Kingo and Phastos abducted by the Celestial Arishem, while the other half encounters Harry Styles' Eros and Pip the Troll in space as they explore the stars. According to the director, Chloé Zhao, this is a stark contrast to the originally "bleak" ending she had planned for the titular Eternals.
"I didn't hate it, because I'm used to films that are more melancholy. But I don't think it went down well with audiences," Zhao said. "It used to end with everybody back on the ship, minds erased and just going on to another planet, like The Twilight Zone. I remember when it goes to black, everyone was like, 'I don't know what to do.' And also, it's the MCU, and you want to be excited for what's next."
Directed by Zhao from a script by herself, Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo, Eternals is slated to release on Disney+ on Jan. 12.
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Source: W Magazine