As the release date for ‘Eternals’ fast approaches, Disney and Marvel Studios are working hard to build anticipation for their latest endeavor into the MCU’s Phase Four.
Actress Salma Hayek is set to portray Ajak the “mother figure” of the Eternals, working with them to stop an invasion of “deviants” onto the Earth. During a press junket picked up by the Marvel website, the ‘Like a Boss’ star discussed the Eternals and her roles in the film.
“Ajak is in charge to supervise them, bring them over,” Hayek explained. “She’s the leader of this group of people that have a mission, and it is my responsibility to make sure that it’s accomplished and that they behave.”
She added, “I control the information.”
“I decide what to tell them when I tell them because I’m the only one that can talk to the Celestials,” Hayek said.
“It’s also very exciting at 53, to get that random call, just got a movie from Marvel. Like now? She’s there just offering you a super hero. I’m, ‘Are you kidding me? This is a joke.’ A Mexican woman in her 50s, you just got a super hero character in the Marvel movie, and not the gran. Actually, it’s me who wanted to have that approach of leadership that it was more of a family,” she explained.
On her maternal relationship with the others, she said, “It’s a human way of seeing all these people; there’s a level of love, of caring, and empathy.”
Hayek continued, “I have a different relationship with each one of them like you do with your kids.”
You can watch the trailer below:
‘Eternals’ is set to be released on November 5, 2021. It is directed by Chloé Zhao and stars Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, and Kit Harington.
It is inspired by the Marvel Comics series ‘The Eternals’ created by Jack Kirby.
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