The latest film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals, opens on Friday. It’s been a highly anticipated film coming from Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zhao. It’s been a big year for the MCU, which has produced a quartet of interesting series, with more on the way, while releasing a couple interesting films. As we prepare for this new group of heroes to get an introduction, I thought it might be fun to look back at where they came from.
This film boasts an interesting, diverse and talented cast who’ve made a number of films. Some even have prior superhero experience! I thought for this week’s Binge Watch I’d look at a previous film from six of the Eternals talented cast members. In each case it’s a film I like and, where possible, an action or superhero film. So, for those that enjoy the film and want to see more from this cast, think of this as a few recommendations.
Gemma Chan—Captain Marvel (2019)
About: Chan, who plays Sersi in the film, isn’t a newbie to the MCU. She previously had a small role in Captain Marvel, another origin story. That film was led by Brie Larson and while some didn’t like it I thought it was an enjoyable slide back through the 1990s. It’s not top tier MCU, but it’s not bottom five for me, either.
Salma Hayek—Desperado (1995)
About: Hayek plays Ajak in the film and is no stranger to action-oriented content. One of those that I enjoy is Desperado, an action tale where she stars alongside Antonio Banderas for director Robert Rodriguez. It’s actually a re-make of a Spanish-language film, and later spawned a sequel, Once Upon A Time in Mexico. This film has a lot of stylized action and a bit of humor. It was one that helped put Rodriguez on the map.
Angelina Jolie—Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
About: Jolie, who plays Thena in this film, has had a long and varied career. She’s done a number of action films but I went with Tomb Raider. While not a superhero movie, per se, it’s based on a video game, which comes close. The franchise was re-booted a few years ago with Alicia Vikander in the lead role, but Jolie was the first to bring Lara Croft to the big screen. This one has some decent moments and visuals and is a step up over its 2003 sequel.
Richard Madden—1917 (2019)
About: Madden plays Ikaris in the film. He is probably best known for his work on the small screen in Game of Thrones. However, Madden has been in a few feature films. The best of those, for me, was 1917, the excellent World War I film from director Sam Mendes that released in 2019. It has a stunning visual style and was my pick as Best Picture the year it was released.
Kumail Nanjiani—The Big Sick (2017)
About: Nanjiani plays Kingo in the film. He’s best known for his comedy, having been one of the main characters on the HBO series Silicon Valley. In 2017, he used his own life as the inspiration for The Big Sick, a dramedy that was an engaging watch and ended nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Nanjiani is great in the lead and this is a fun and different kind of film.
Brian Tyree Henry—Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
About: Henry plays Phastos in the film and is also no stranger to the superhero landscape. But his first bite at the apple was the animated variety as he played a voice in the animated Spider-Man film that earned the Academy Awards as best Animated Feature that year. It was a fun and well-crafted tale, one that is among the best for Spider-Man, who gets another feature film later in 2021. This is a film worth checking out if you’ve never seen it.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.