Marvel's Eternals: Gemma Chan Reveals Biggest Challenge of MCU Return

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Gemma Chan as Sersi

Many would agree that Eternals is one of the mos highly anticipated projects under the MCU's Phase 4 banner, mainly due to the film's intriguing premise combined with a stacked collection of stars.

Directed by award-winning director Chloe Zhao , the movie will showcase the introduction of a powerful ancient race that lived in the shadows throughout the Infinity Saga, and the fact that they stepped out in a post Endgame world is an interesting story beat in itself. On top of that, Eternals boasts a massive ensemble featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Barry Keoghan, and Gemma Chan.

Plot details of Eternals are still being kept under wraps, but it has been teased that the storyline will span across decades . The marketing for the film has yet to begin, but a wide array of leaked promotional materials have emerged online in the past months to give fans an overview of the character designs and the arrival of a new villain.

Now, a new interview with one of Eternals' lead stars has surfaced, providing fans with an overview of the massive scale of the film.


Gemma Chan

Eternals star Gemma Chan recently sat down with Elle Canada to talk about her career, and one of the topics that were discussed is her upcoming MCU return in Eternals .

Chan previously played Minn-Erva from 2019's Captain Marvel , but unfortunately, the character died during the film. Despite that, Chan will be back for one more tour of duty in Eternals , playing future Avengers member, Sersi.

Without giving away plot details, the veteran actress admitted that she felt “very lucky” to be back in the MCU while also pointing out that being part of these big studio superhero films is such a “different beast" when asked about the most challenging aspect of playing Series in Eternals:

“It’s such a different beast doing those big studio superhero films—there may be hundreds of people on-set; it’s a huge machine, and you feel very much like you’re a cog that fits into it. I feel very lucky to be back in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe]; there’s been such a warm reception from the fans. I’m very excited for people to see the film.”


Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an opportunity of a lifetime, and Gemma Chan's involvement as two characters in separate projects is definitely a worthy achievement.

After serving as a foil to Brie Larson's Carol Danvers in the 2019 MCU blockbuster, Chan is expected to take a heroic turn in Eternals this time around as Sersi. If anything, the actress' remark of feeling “very lucky” essentially summarizes the overwhelming gravitas of the rare moment.

For those unaware, in the pages of Marvel Comics, Sersi is a fourth generational Eternal who stands out from the rest of the ancient aliens due to the fact that she wants to live among the humans. The character's power includes the ability to manipulate and project cosmic energy alongside superhuman strength, flight, and durability.

It remains to be seen if Chan's Sersi will portray similar abilities from the comics, but it looks like the MCU will keep a good chunk of those as evidenced by leaked set photos . If this is the case, then it's reasonable to assume that Sersi will also have a future with the Avengers, meaning that Chan will be featured in the long run.

Based on what's been revealed, Gemma Chan's MCU future will not be a one-off unlike her Captain Marvel stint, and this bodes well for the future of the actress and the superhero franchise in general.

Hopefully, an official look at Sersi will arrive in the coming months, leading up to the November 5 release date of Eternals .

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.