Salma Hayek reveals new details about her ‘Eternals’ character. Now that ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ has been playing in theaters for nearly two weeks, eyeballs have slowly been turning to the next film on Marvel's release slate. Similar to Shang-Chi, the next cinematic entry in the MCU will continue to introduce new and diverse heroes who are expected to make their marks on Phase 4 and beyond.
Written and directed by Nomadland'sChloé Zhao, ‘Eternals’ follows a group of immortal aliens who have been living on Earth for multiple millennia, but have been instructed by their creators and overlords, the Celestials, to never interfere in human affairs unless their evil counterparts, the Deviants, are involved. However, the sudden return of half the Earth's population in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ provides the necessary energy for them to return. Eternals truly seems to be an ensemble piece, but a few of its most notable heroes are Ajak (Salma Hayek), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), and Sersi (Gemma Chan).
Now, in an interview with Total Film (via The Direct), Salma Hayek is revealing some new details about her ‘Eternals’ character. While fans already knew a few things about Ajak, Hayek let an interesting new detail slip. While discussing how director Chloé Zhao wanted to "tackle the concept of leadership from the perspective of motherhood," Hayek revealed that her character "can't have kids."
Chloé decided to tackle the concept of leadership from the perspective of motherhood... I'm not a mother. I'm an alien. I can't have kids. However, my character used to be a man in the comics, now it's a woman. So instead of just changing the gender, I proposed to [Zhao] to really bring something that is very specific to womanhood.