Kumail Nanjiani On How Marvel’s The Eternals Is The “Most Sci-Fi” MCU Movie To Date

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The filming for the next new Marvel property to hit the big screen, Eternals, is underway. The film, which focuses on an offshoot of humanity with immortality and abilities, will debut later in 2020. Filming has been going on for a couple of months. Not much is known about the property, outside of the cast, the timeline (taking place post-Endgame), and that the Eternals will fight against their comic enemies, the Deviants.

Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) talked to Entertainment Weekly about the film. Nanjiani was in the news over the holidays due to his superheroic body picture that blew up the internet.

Nanjiani said of the film, “It’s really, really an epic. And it’s really such a science-fiction story. It’s a superhero story, but in some ways, it’s the most sci-fi of all the Marvel movies and it’s the most epic of all the Marvel movies. And the story spans thousands of years. So it’s really not like any of the other Marvel movies.”

In addition, working on Eternals is something of a dream for Nanjiani, a huge fan of superhero and sci-fi movies.

“If someone would say, ‘All right, what kind of movie do you want to watch? What are the things that’s going to have?’ I would say all these things. And that’s what this movie is. It really spans thousands and thousands of years. And the story is just so big and so epic. And I don’t mean epic in the internet way, I mean epic in the old-school way…It doesn’t look like any of the other Marvel movies. I was on set shooting, and the director showed me just a still of all of us together in the scene. And I was like, ‘I mean, look at all of us together.’ We all look so different. It’s me and a huge buff guy from Korea [Ma Dong-seok] and Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie and Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff. You don’t ever get to see people like this together in the same room, let alone in awesome superhero costumes.”

While Nanjiani is mostly known for his work on indie films and HBO’s Silicon Valley, working on the Eternals set doesn’t feel that different from those experiences.

“But the other thing is, making this massive movie in many important ways still feels like you’re making an independent movie, in the sense that it really feels like a family and it feels like it’s really about characters and relationships and very small moments. So while you have certain scenes where you’re hanging up on a wire fighting bad guys and you have all these superpowers, the rest of it does feel like you’re making something really small.”

Eternals will be released on Nov. 6, 2020.

Bec Heim