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Kevin Feige & Chloe Zhao’s Talk Zhao’s Vision For Marvel’s Eternals

April 28, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Chloe Zhao’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning Nomadland is Marvel’s Eternals, and both Kevin Feige and Zhao discussed the director’s vision for the film. Zhao won Best Director for Nomadland at the Oscars over the weekend, and on the heels of that win Feige and Zhao spoke with Variety about the upcoming MCU film. You can check out highlights below:

Feige on Zhao relying on practical locations for the film: “I had to keep saying, ‘This is right out of a camera; there’s no VFX work to this at all!’ Because it was a beautiful sunset, with perfect waves and mist coming up from the shore on this giant cliffside — really impressive stuff. [After I watched Nomadland, I went,] ‘Oh! That is not just what she wanted to bring to Marvel. This is a signature style.’”

Zhao on working with Marvel and her vision for the film: “I want to be careful saying ‘my vision,’ even though I do want people to know they did support what I wanted to do. I want people to know that. But I also want to make sure they know that I got the support of this incredibly talented team, some of the most talented artists in the world. And it really is a village to make this film, but they did let me lead. Yes.”

Zhao on on Marvel allowing her to work in her own style: “Props to Marvel — from early on, they knew the way I wanted to make this film, how I wanted to shoot. It can’t be hundreds of people standing around. So they very much adapted how to run the set the way that I wanted to work. I’m still surrounded by 25 people. They just have armies, and each of them knew they needed to keep the army away.”