Eternals producer, Nate Moore, has revealed how the film’s villainous Deviants were changed from their comic book portrayal. The movie is coordinated by Nomadland filmmaker, Chloé Zhao and will present an altogether new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eternals appeared in Hollywood this week and will make a big appearance in theaters for general audiences one month from now.
Presently, with Eternals set to make a big appearance in theaters one month from now following an extended creation, new information about the creative liberties the film has taken with the Deviants has become visible. In a set visit for the film led in 2020 (via Comicbook.com), Eternals producer Nate Moore explained that the Deviants were slightly changed in the film to have more animalistic, predatory traits – with the one exemption of their leader, Kro. Moore said:
As you probably are aware, the Deviants in the comics are called the Changing People, no two Deviants appear to be identical. So in our film, no two Deviants will appear to be identical. However, you do see as sort of these parasitic predators, when they do kill off a predator in the film, they do take the shape of that predator. So they’re sort of bat-like Deviants. There’s a wolf-like Deviant. There’s a Deviant that resemble all sorts of creatures from fantasy and legend ever. And these are the Deviants that the Eternals were sent again to eradicate, to help humanity advance. Because the Deviants are the Changing People, they come in all various shapes and sizes.
Of course, with a property like Eternals, there was a ton of space for Marvel to play around with the formula and attempt new things. Dissimilar to brands like Spider-Man or Captain America, many general audience members had probably never heard of this particular corner of Marvel legend before the film. As such, Zhao and the Eternals creative team have space to attempt new things and create memorable Phase 4 villains who don’t totally reflect the established arcs from the comics. Eternals will make a big appearance worldwide on November 5.