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‘Eternals’: Richard Madden Relished The Opportunity To Become Marvel’s First Scottish Superhero (exclusive)

Richard Madden

In Chloe Zhao’s film, the 35-year-old Renfrewshire-born actor plays the all-powerful Ikaris, capable of flight and firing energy beams from his eyes, and was able to use his natural accent.”That was something we talked about at the beginning of the film,” Madden told Yahoo. Madden’s character is the first Scottish hero in the MCU, though Maisie Williams used a northern accent as Wolfsbane in last year’s Marvel-adjacent X-Men film The New Mutants.Ikaris’ impressive array of super-powers makes him one of the most memorable characters in the film, but it also led to some difficult days on set for the actor.Madden stated: “When you see [the flying scenes] at the end, it’s a lot of fun.

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It’s a lot of work while filming.”It’s a long day in these harnesses and wires, but it’s worth it when they hoist you up to three storeys high, swing you in, and drop you down, and you wrestle a big, green-screen duvet.”But, in the end, the VFX guys make it look really cool, and I’m like, ‘OK, it’s worth all the pain,'” she says.Eternals is one of the most diverse films in the MCU’s history, introducing the studio’s first deaf hero — Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari — as well as the first openly gay superhero in Brian Tyree Henry’s tech supremo Phastos.

Behind the camera, the film features the Oscar-winning clout of Chloe Zhao, who took the stage at the Academy Awards earlier this year to win a slew of awards for Nomadland.Zhao has stated that when she took on the film, Marvel gave her complete creative freedom, adding that she “got lucky in that Marvel wants to take risks and do something different.”Eternals will be released in UK IMAX and cinemas on November 5th.


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