Chloé Zhao Says She Expected Divisive Reaction to ‘Eternals’: ‘It Made a Lot of People Uncomfortable’

Oscar winner Chloé Zhao followed up Best Picture breakout “Nomadland” with Marvel’s “Eternals,” but even Zhao knew the film would yield divided opinions.“‘Eternals’ was planned to be released soon after ‘Endgame,’ and not at a time when everyone is having an existential crisis,” Zhao told Empire magazine.

“The film itself is about existential crisis, both for humanity and God.

So I think we definitely felt it was coming.”The gulf between critics and audiences on “Eternals” didn’t necessarily affect its box office: Even in the pandemic, it still earned more than $400 million at the box office.Yet Zhao remained unfazed by the critical reception of the mythological ensemble superhero film, starring Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and more.

For many, the ensemble was just too sprawling, with many a clunky backstory and tangled plot twist.

(Not to mention a first-of-its-kind Marvel sex

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