Eternals actor Gemma Chan says the film will depict her empathetic character Sersi growing into her power in a kind of “coming of age” journey.
Gemma Chan teased that Marvel’s Eternals will give her millennia-old character Sersi a coming of age journey.
“I mean, yes, Sersi is a superhero, but her powers are not kind of the most obvious or the-the flashiest,” Chan shared during an Eternals press conference attended by CBR. “She’s not, you know, the best fighter. But what she does have is empathy and a real affinity for humankind and the earth.”
Chan added that she also considers Sersi to be a “free spirit” and that she had a lot of fun portraying that onscreen. “That was one of the enjoyable things about the film, was going on that journey with that character. You know, it’s kind of her coming of age, even though she’s probably thousands of years old,” she continued. “But she learns to trust herself and to grow into her own power, really. And that was a really interesting thing to explore.”
Chan is one of a very few actors to portray more than one character within the MCU, following her initial turn as Minn-Erva in 2019’s Captain Marvel. Back in August, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained that Chris Evans actually paved the way for Chan’s casting for Eternals, after he appeared as both the Human Torch and Captain America. “I can go back to Chris Evans being on the list for Captain America, and some people said, ‘Oh, well, he played the Human Torch [in 2005’s Fantastic Four]. Maybe we shouldn’t consider him,'” Feige explained. “And we said, ‘No, that’s OK,’ and the rest is history.”
Eternals producer Nate Moore also recently revealed that casting Chan a second time was possible because the actor was nearly unrecognizable as Minn-Erva. “Sersi was a character that we took a long time to find,” he said at the time. “We read Gemma and she was perfect for us. But, you know, I think if Minn-Erva’s not blue, I don’t know if we would have pulled that trigger.”
Sersi first appeared in the 1976–78 comic book series The Eternals by Jack Kirby. In addition to serving as a member of the Eternals, Sersi has also been known as a member of the Avengers and God Squad at different times. It was previously revealed that Chan’s Sersi will be the de facto lead in Marvel’s Eternals and that the film’s plot will focus in part on the love triangle between Sersi, fellow Eternal Ikaris (Richard Madden) and human Dane Whitman (Kit Harington).
Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals arrives in theaters on Nov. 5
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