Marvel Studios is applying finishing touches on Chloé Zhao’s Academy award film Eternals, which has the potential to be one of the best MCU films ever. This journey, which delves into the MCU’s early origins as well as the post-Avengers: Endgame conflict, will bring something new to the franchise’s swelling ranks. By bringing in 10 of Hollywood’s most famous actors, Eternals is already aiming for the moon with its star-studded roster. In addition to the diverse origins of the performers, one of the things that will set this film apart is the distinct hardships of the heroes inside the film.
Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry, is the first openly gay character in the MCU’s history, and Lauren Ridlo will play Makkari, the story’s first deaf superhero. A prominent Marvel producer recently opened up about the illness of another important crew member, which will have repercussions throughout the film.
Angelina Jolie’s Eternals’ character suffers from Marvel’s dementia in the MCU’s newest theatrical release, according to executive producer Nate Moore in an interview with Screen Rant taken from set visits in the year 2020. When asked how he knew about “something called Mahd Wy’ry,” Moore said it was because he read about it in Marvel Comics. Mahd Wy’ry is characterized as a form of dementia that affects the Eternals, who accumulate countless memories over the course of their immortal lives and are therefore susceptible to it. The imaginary sickness in comics has the potential to drive Eternals insane for ages. Thena becomes too toxic to be around humans when fans watch her in the film because Don Lee’s Gilgamesh “becomes her defender” as she fights with her illness, according to the producer.
During the modern-day timeline of the film, her fight with Mahd Wy’ry even drives her to disappear entirely off the radar in an Australian cabin:
“She has a tragic story in our film in that she comes down with something called Mahd Wy’ry. If you guys are fans of comics Mahd Wy’ry is something that can beset an Eternal. It’s a version of dementia. Because of the amount of memories they have, they become unstuck in their own mind, so she starts to forget exactly when she is, so through the course of the movie, Gilgamesh becomes her protector. And when we find them in the modern day, they’re living off the grid in a cabin in Australia because she’s too dangerous to have around humans, so it’s a fun arc for Angelina to play.”
The immortals’ tenure on Earth began 7,000 years ago, so it’s hardly surprising that they have significantly more memories in their heads than the ordinary individual or even other Avengers. At nearly 1,500 years old, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is the MCU’s oldest hero by far, making the rest of this new team older.
Despite the fact that Thena is the only verified Eternal suffering from this form of dementia, it’s possible that other members of her team will succumb to their own problems throughout the course of the film. It will take some time for the crew to get used to each other again after being away for what seems like decades before linking up in the Endgame aftermath. As a result of this information, a scene from the second trailer for Eternals has been clarified in which Thena interacts with a group of other characters.
With that shot, we got a glimpse of Thena sparring with Gilgamesh in the Australian outback, as he either helps her train or simply lets out some pent-up aggression due to Mahd Wyry. As a result, she has a puzzled expression on her face when she sees Kingo, Sprite, Sersi, and Ikaris, despite the fact that her memory loss makes it likely that she doesn’t recognize any of them.
With this illness, the Eternals’ tenure on Earth will be much more interesting as they experience the highs and lows of human history over thousands of years. Though Mahd Wy’ry’s cause is still unknown, it will give the Thena souffle another spiciness as she battles her physical and mental demons.