Chloe Zhao Reveals Early Version Of ‘Eternals’ Had Two More Heroes

There are always stories about superhero films that in earlier versions of the script had heroes that ended up on the cutting room floor. Shit, Zack Snyder teased fans for two years with characters he had to cut. Well, it turns out that Chloe Zhao’s Eternals, which introduces ten brand new heroes to the MCU, could have had twelve.

Speaking with Fandom, Zhao revealed that two additional Eternals were in an earlier version but she “had to let two go along the way.” Who they were is unclear, but it could have been just about anyone. but my personal favorite, El Vampiro who is a vampire AND a wrestling luchadore, should have been the first one included. I can only assume this means he’s getting a Disney+ series somewhere down the line.

Still, ten heroes is quite a lot to handle, but she and screenwriters Ryan and Kaz Firpo and Patrick Burleigh sorted it all out…

“Some characters don’t need the most screen time, it’s about what they do with the screen time. They have to be memorable. And when we looked at these 10 unique individuals, we thought about how they represent 10 aspects of human nature. They’ve been here for so long, who they become today is a big part of who we are. And so it was actually equally important that they remain memorable. All 10 of them had the same weight; not necessarily screen time, but the weight.”

Eternals opens in theaters on November 5th.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.