‘Eternals’: How Zack Snyder’s Superman Inspired Richard Madden’s Ikaris

The new installment of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes several references to these DC characters. Now in theaters!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has referenced its competition in its latest installment. Eternals, the new movie of the Phase 4 of the franchise, talk about Superman and of Batman. In the film directed by Chloé Zhao, the son of Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) confunde a Ikaris (Richard Madden) with Clark Kent. Secondly, Gilgamesh (Don Lee) compares the assistant to Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Karun (Harish Patel), con Alfred Penyworth, the butler of Bruce Wayne. This means that both heroes exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Zhao also wanted to pay, with these references, a tribute to the Superman played by Henry Cavill in The Man of Steel under the direction of Zack Snyder.

As explained by the director, winner of the Oscar for Nomadland, Ikaris is the Marvel Studios version of Superman. “Superman is the übermensch, the superior man, a concept that exists in all cultures”, begins Zhao in cinema.jeuxactu.com. In the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, the concept “übermensch” is used to define the goal that humanity should set for itself. It is also ruled as “superman”.

The director has also recognized that The Man of Steel He was inspired by the way he approaches the myth of the superhero. “Of all the modern renditions of Superman, Zack Snyder’s with The Man of Steel It is the one that inspired me the most because it approaches the myth in an authentic and very real way. I remember thinking it was Terrence Malick’s Superman when I saw the trailer. This movie really impressed me. But Ikaris, of course, is our own version of Superman.“, he concludes.

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The Man of Steel, released in 2013, was the germ of the dc cinematic universe and Cavill’s debut as Superman. Later they would arrive, also under the direction of Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and League of Justice -Directed by Snyder, but with changes made by Joss Whedon. Snyder’s relationship with Warner Bros. was broken as a result of the problems that started after the premiere of Batman v Superman -Ben Affleck debuts as Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman– and continued during the production of League of Justice.

The truth is that Ikaris has some elements reminiscent of Superman: flies, throws lightning through the eyes and has superhuman strength. Will we see more references to DC in future installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Eternals follows a group of superhumans known as eternal and created by Celestials. The protagonists are sent to Earth to protect it from the wicked deviants. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington star in the film, which has already been collected more than 170 million dollars all over the world.

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