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Why ‘Eternals’ will look different from any other movie in the MCU

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Salma Hayek, from left, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie participate in the Marvel Studios panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego.

Salma Hayek, from left, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie participate in the Marvel Studios panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego.

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“Eternals” star Salma Hayek believes that the upcoming movie is unlike any other installment in the MCU, primarily because of the distinct way in which it was filmed. According to the actress, the film’s “incredible” cinematography gives it “completely different DNA” from previous Marvel projects.

Wait, what’s ‘Eternals’? Who’s in it?

According to ScreenRant, “Eternals” tells the story of a race of immortal beings who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years and even helped shape human history. According to IGN, the film follows these beings as they unite to protect humanity from the Deviants, their evil counterparts.

In addition to Hayek, the film’s cast includes Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Barry Keoghan, Brian Tyree Henry, and “Game of Thrones” alums Richard Madden and Kit Harington, Collider reports.

How will it look different from other Marvel movies?

In a recent interview with Variety, Hayek, who plays the centuries-old champion Ajak in the film, revealed certain details about the production of “Eternals” that set it apart from previous Marvel projects. Instead of the traditional soundstage and CG backgrounds, “Eternals” director Chloe Zhao shot a majority of the film on location.

“It has a completely different DNA from the (other Marvel movies).” Hayek said (via IGN). “It’s shot different than all the other ones. It’s in real locations and they found some crazy extraterrestrial-looking locations. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about what they do with the camera, but … it’s not mostly done in post. The cinematography is incredible.”

In addition to on-location filming, Zhao’s work is typically shot in a naturalistic style and she has a tendency to use natural lighting, Collider reports. This image posted on twitter shows a still from Zhao’s most recent film, “Nomadland.”

Though the cinematographer for “Eternals” is MCU alum Ben Davis, Zhao brought on her frequent cinematographer, Joshua James Richards, to serve as the project’s camera operator. Collider’s Adam Chitwood believes that, with Richards manning the camera, there is “no doubt” Zhao’s signature style will come through.

When will ‘Eternals’ be released?

According to ScreenRant, filming for “Eternals” wrapped just before the coronavirus-imposed shutdowns last year. After numerous delays, the movie is currently scheduled for a nationwide theatrical release Nov. 5.