The MCU has been built on superhero teams with the first Phase building up to the eventual Avengers team up. Now, Marvel is introducing a new team of heroes that are different from any other that has been introduced. The Eternals have been secretly living on Earth among people for thousands of years and now they are making their exciting debut. The Illuminerdi spoke with Lia McHugh who plays Sprite in the film about how the Eternals differ from two of the MCU’s most famous teams, The Avengers and The Guardians Of The Galaxy.
LIA MCHUGH EXPLAINS HOW THE ETERNALS ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE AVENGERS AND THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
“Well, they sort of have a different mission in a way than all of the other Earthly heroes, I guess you could say. They’re loyal to Arishem, a Celestial. Their job isn’t to save the Earth in a way, they are loyal to someone else. They’re seven thousand years old, they’re older than any other superhero. And their sort of family bond is a little bit different, they are already a group. They didn’t really become one over time.”
It is interesting that Lia specifically talked about the Eternals’ loyalty being to the Celestial Arishem instead of Earth. With the Eternals having a different mission connected to Arishem instead of Earth itself it sets up an entirely new motivation for this team. The already established team and their family dynamic does separate the Eternals from the pack. Especially when one takes into account that they are thousands of years old and have been connected in some way for centuries.
Love is an integral part of Eternals which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise with the family bond being such a prominent part of what makes this team stand out. The film features many different kinds of love which is amazing and rare to see on screen especially in a superhero film. In our exclusive interview Lia McHugh talked about the importance of love and relationships in the film.
“I think it’s sort of what you would do for love. And would you choose love over loyalty, things like that. I think the relationships are so beautiful how they developed throughout filming. Some of them were very unexpected, some of them sort of just happened naturally on set. Some of the friendships and the bonding. And I think people can really identify with it. ‘Cause it’s a very human emotion. We are thousands of years old and we’re not from Earth, but we sort of become more human. And you see that through the love in the film.”
Loyalty is something that Lia brought up twice, once in relation to the Celestial Arishem and once in reference to a choice between love and loyalty. How love and loyalty come into play in the film and not only the importance of both, but how the struggle between the two will come into play in the film is sure to be exciting. Both the Guardians of the Galaxy and obviously the Avengers are tied to humanity, but what is so interesting is how it seems the Eternals will become ingrained in it, even as aliens themselves.
With family and relationships being at the heart of Eternals it is no surprise that the chemistry is such an important part of making the relationships between the characters feel genuine and authentic. The performances from the actors elevate not only the characters, but the different dynamics to be especially interesting and unique in the MCU. With all different kinds of love on display in Eternals including romantic, familial, and friendship it is an especially interesting theme to weave throughout the film.
Eternals hits theaters November 5, 2021. Are you going to see Eternals? What do you think about Lia’s explantation of how the Eternals differ from the other Marvel teams? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more Eternals and MCU.