Eternals, the new movie of Marvel Studios which was released in theaters a few days ago with a somewhat different box office success depending on the country, presents us with the first group of superheroes in the history of the UCM that returns to action after centuries in the shadows before the new threat of the Deviants. And they do it by demonstrating the most diverse powers with Ikaris as the most fearsome of all for his super strength, his ability to fly and a kind of heat vision of great destructive power, abilities that are powerfully reminiscent of another great superhero, although in this case of the competition: Superman. Precisely, its director Chloe Zhao has spoken of his inspiration in the character of DC, taking as an example Superman’s portrayal of Man of Steel by Zack Snyder.
Zack Snyder’s Superman as a source of inspiration
And it is that according to Zhao points, Superman occupies a prominent place in the world of superheroes thanks to origin of their mythology, something that Snyder was able to enhance in his cinematic vision of the Man of Steel. So much so, that the movie Man of Steel was key for her for her own adaptation of Ikaris. This has been recognized in a recent interview with the medium Pure Break Films Actu (via Screen Rant), suggesting that Superman exists in MCU pop culture, following the nods to DC in the movie.
Of all modern interpretations of Superman, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was the one that inspired me the most because it covered the myth in a very authentic and real way. I remember when I saw the trailer, I thought it was Terrence Malick’s Superman. The movie made a great impression on me. But Ikaris is certainly ours own interpretation of Superman”, Explains the filmmaker.
In this sense, Zhao assures that Marvel Studios had no problem taking inspiration from a competing film; What’s more, as we know from one of the Eternals trailers prior to the premiere, in the film even Superman is mentioned in reference to the powers of Ikaris himself, in addition to another nod to batman.