When Angelina Jolie was confirmed for ‘The Eternals’, her fans were left with mixed feelings. They were exhilarated that she is joining MCU but at the same time, they were sad because her role was not that of an A-list Marvel superhero.
Angelina Jolie is all set to make her debut in Marvel with ‘The Eternals’. We might never know whether she is content with her role of Thena or not, but her fans are surely upset.
With such a big name in Hollywood and across the globe, Angelina Jolie should have gotten a bigger role in the Marvel Phase 4 movie. But Marvel Studios isn’t so naive to not cash in on such a big Hollywood name.
- Angelina Jolie is debuting in Marvel with Thena’s role.
- Could Thena get a stand-alone Marvel movie?
- Jolie’s future in Marvel is never-ending.
Angelina Jolie’s role in ‘The Eternals’
It was a golden piece of news when Angelina Jolie was roped in for a Marvel movie. But while most people embraced the news, her fans were not that happy. Angelina Jolie’s children were, reportedly, over the moon that their mother was going to be cast in an MCU movie. But fans found fault in the casting. Angelina Jolie is an important name and thus her fans think she deserves a much bigger role in Marvel. The decision to cast her in ‘The Eternals’ has sealed Angelina Jolie’s fate in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Compared to the other Marvel superheroes, ‘The Eternals’ are not a very well-known entity in the Marvel Universe. So, when news of Angelina Jolie’s casting broke out, it did not receive as much reaction as it should have, had the actress been cast in a famous role.
Who are the Eternals?
The Eternals are a race of superhumans who are, as their name suggests, cosmic beings who will be present forever. These entities have super strength and super speed. One of these entities is Thena, whose role will be played by Angelina Jolie. Thena can fly, move things with her mind and even teleport. Thena is known to go against her teammates and she has an affair with an enemy! This paints quite an elaborate picture of the character.
Yes, Thena is a cool character. But nonetheless, Thena is not as big a name in Marvel Comics as Angelina Jolie is in Hollywood. In fact, if there has been a female character that has some limelight in The Eternals, its Sersi. And that’s why Marvel was sure that the lead character in the movie would be Sersi. What was shocking was that Angelina Jolie was not cast as Sersi and instead got the comparatively lesser role of Thena.
Instead of Angelina Jolie, Sersi’s role was offered to Gemma Chan. With this role, Gemma has become a part of the list of actors who have played multiple roles in MCU. (There are 5 such actors!)
Jolie’s future in MCU
Angelina Jolie’s only way forward in Marvel after ‘The Eternals’ is if either the movie massively deviates from the comics or Thena gets a stand-alone movie. The Eternals cast is proof that the Marvel movie surely deviates from the Marvel comics world. The comics of ‘The Eternals’ have kept its women backstage. But the movie’s cast proves that will not be the case on screen.
Salma Hayek will be seen in the gender-swapped version of ‘The Eternals’ character Ajak. Also, Lauren Ridloff will be seen as an Eternal, Makkari’s gender-swapped version.
While Angelina Jolie might not be playing Sersi, Marvel might change the storyline and make her character, Thena, an important one among The Eternals. If that is not the case, the chances of a stand-alone movie for Thena are also very slim. It is beyond a doubt that Marvel has big plans for Angelina Jolie.
The Studio is waiting until November 2020 to observe how the audience perceives the movie. If the response is as positive as the Avengers, ‘The Eternals’ (and Angelina Jolie) will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a long time to come.
What do you think? Was it justified to place Angeline Jolie in Thena’s shoes? Is Marvel planning something big for the Maleficent actress? Share your views with us.