In the ‘Eternals’ comics, Ajak and Sprite are male, but the adaptation will feature Salma Hayek and Lia McHugh as the respective female versions of the heroes.
However, fans already know that the universe of film adaptations allows for several changes in questions of origins, ethnicities and genres.
During an interview with Screen Rant, producer Nate Moore touched on the topic and explained the reason for the change.
“This genre shift was something that had narrative sense and something that would create an interesting dynamic. Ajak in the comics was the chain of the Celestials. We thought it would be important to bring in a woman as a leader because we don’t see so many women in leading roles. From a design standpoint Ajak has always been immersed in the visuals of Aztec references, so we thought of someone with those roots, that’s where we came up with the idea to call Salma Hayek and her was unbelievable.
He continued speaking of Sprite:
“Sprite is the boy who never gets old, we saw him with Peter Pan, Pinocchio and many other characters. Why not raise a girl who never gets old? Every change comes from talking about what makes the most sense, what can be more innovative, and all of that brings balance to the narrative. “
Remember that the feature film directed by Chloé Zhao is released in national cinemas on November 4.
‘Eternals’ follows the journey of quasi-immortal beings, products of the evolutionary divergence that gave birth to the human race millennia ago. The characters relate to several concepts already introduced in previous universe films, from the Celestials (who came out in “Guardians of the Galaxy”) to Thanos, whose own mother was one of his victims.
The cast also includes Salma Hayek (Ajak), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Lia McHugh (Sprite), Gemma Chan (Sersi), Kit Harington (Black Knight), Barry Kheogan (Druig) and Richard Madden (Ikaris).
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