Angelina Jolie Makes Marvel Debut at Comic-Con Panel
Angelina Jolie on Saturday made her official Marvel debut in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.
Jolie was on hand for the superhero studio's presentation of its upcoming movie The Eternals. She was joined by her future co-stars Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee.
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"I'm gonna work 10 times harder," said Jolie to the elated crowd. "Because what it means to be part of the MCU, what it means to be an Eternal, to be part of this family, I know what we all need to do and what the task ahead is and what you all deserve. So we're all going to be working very, very hard."
The project features the superpowered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials. Jack Kirby created the title in 1976 during his cosmic hero stage and was influenced by such works as Chariots of the Gods, which explored ancient gods as aliens.
It was announced during the panel that Jolie will be playing Thena, an Eternal that has has super strength, speed and stamina. As previously reported, Madden will be playing Ikaris, Henry will portray Phastos, Hayek will play Ajak, Ridloff will portray Makkari, McHugh will play Sprite and Lee will portray Gilgamesh.
Veteran indie director Chloe Zhao will helm the pic, with Hayek noting, "It takes a strong woman to do a movie like this."
The actress added that she feels "very honored" to be a part of the film, which "is going to allow people who never felt represented in superheroes to feel represented. I am proud to have a diverse family."
The Eternals is set to hit theaters Nov. 6, 2020, as a part of Marvel's new phase of films.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE ETERNALS with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. Directed by Chloé Zhao. In theaters November 6, 2020. pic.twitter.com/inn67bSZiM
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