As of yet, the focus of Marvel’s Phase 4 has been on well-known MCU characters, such as WandaVision, Loki, and Black Widow; in the coming months, we can expect to see Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye. Marvel’s Eternals, an overarching storyline of ancient, formidable aliens who have been concealed on Earth until now, appears to be about to change that. The cast of Eternals includes several familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, as well as Richard Madden and Kit Harington.
After being questioned about reconnecting with Kit Harington, Richard Madden told Entertainment Weekly that it was simply amazing, but that it’s sad because “we don’t get to do a lot in [Eternals] together.”
“Just great. I mean, I’ve been friends with Kit for many, many years, and sadly we don’t get to do a lot in the film together. But I get to have one moment with him where we say hello, and it’s nice to be on set with someone you know and trust and have known for a long time. On set, it was kind of like hanging out with your friends, and then it’s like, ‘Oh, right, we’ve got to do acting now? Okay.'”
As a divergence from GoT, Eternals is also a departure from most other MCU projects. When asked about the appeal of Eternals and his role as Ikaris, Madden said it was the “fascination” that arises from portraying a character “thousands and thousands of years old.”
“For me, it was the fascination of when you’ve got a character that’s thousands and thousands of years old, what is it about them that makes them want to keep living? What is it about the world around them that they find joy in?”
Despite the fact that Madden’s Ikaris and the other Eternals have been on Earth for centuries and are well-known to mainstream audiences, their characters are virtually unknown within the MCU. While Madden has questioned his character’s motivations and inspirations due to his age, fans have questioned the history of these immortal heroes and the laws that have held them out from the spotlight until now. Most members of the audience are aware of Madden’s Ikaris’ romance with Gemma Chan’s Eternal Sersi, who plays the part of Sersi.
When it comes to Madden and Harington’s on-screen chemistry, Sersi serves as a vital link. This is because she has a connection to Dane Whitman, who is anticipated to grow up to be a Marvel hero known as the Black Knight. An interesting question is just how Sersi will handle these two relationships, and what it entails for the narrative as well. Since this is the MCU, it’s unlikely that Eternals will be the last time Madden and Harington appear on the film together.