Marvel’s Eternals once had a very different ending says Chloé Zhao

Marvel’s Eternals didn’t precisely have a delighted ending, however it was nearly a great deal bleaker, according to director Chloé Zhao. In a current interview with Empire publication, the MCU director exposed the initial ending to the film, and why they chose it needed to be altered to something a bit more uplifting.

[Ed. note: This post contains for Eternals’ including the post-credits scene.]

The theatrical ending of Eternals includes a number of the Eternals — the ones who make it through anyhow — being teleported far from Earth, now that their objective is basically over. Nevertheless, they still keep with them the experience and memories they have of Earth. However according to Zhao, she initially had a a lot more “bleak” ending in mind.

“It used to end with everybody back on the ship, minds erased and just going on to another planet, like Twilight Zone,” she described to Empire. For her part, Zhao stated she didn’t mind that darker ending. “I didn’t hate it, because I’m used to films that are more melancholy. But I don’t think it went down well with audiences. […] I remember when it goes to black, everyone was like, ‘I don’t know what to do.’”

Obviously, this is an MCU film we’re speaking about, so ending things on a melancholy, cyclical note, as if absolutely nothing that simply occurred had any genuine cosmic significance and would all take place once again, was never ever actually going to fly. “It’s the MCU, and you want to be excited for what’s next,” stated Zhao.

This ending likewise would have implied a minor change for the film’s post-credits stinger also. In the original version, the introduction of Harry Styles as Eros was going to be a bit more low-key, it seems, with the pop star simply showing up on the new ship as an additional member of the Eternals crew. But based on fan reaction, it seems like giving Styles his own reveal was definitely worthwhile.

In traditional MCU fashion, Zhao even leaves the Empire interview with a teaser. After answering a question about the film’s other post-credits scene — which includes Package Harrington opening a sword and the voice of Mahershala Ali’s Blade — Zhao points out that, “in the little time I spent with Mahershala, I can’t wait for the Blade movie to come out. It’s gonna be epic.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.