Chloé Zhao's Eternals film may be going for a visual style distinct from the rest of Marvel Studios' forthcoming lineup, as rumors suggest the director plans to shoot the upcoming superhero feature on 16mm Kodak Ektachrome film, at least to some extent.
This report comes courtesy of film and television critic Charles Bramesco, who purports to have caught wind of Zhao's plans for Eternals around the time the film was formally announced by Marvel Studios at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
I heard that Zhao plans to shoot at least in part on 16mm Ektachrome film, which means this will be the best Marvel movie even if only by default https://t.co/PMnXJlcGsK— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) July 21, 2019
Bramesco explains Eternals will be shot "at least in part" on 16mm Ektachrome film, as opposed to other modern Marvel films, which, more often than not, are shot digitally. However, if this proves to be true, it remains uncertain just how much of Eternals will actually be shot on film.
That being said, other Twitter users have gotten in on the conversation, including @eternals2020, an account dedicated to providing updates on the upcoming film. @eternals2020 claims that in addition to shooting the movie partly on film, Zhao is having sizeable, practical sets built for Eternals, which would further set it apart from Marvel's recent releases, which generally rely on green screen.
Chloe Zhao is shooting Eternals on FILM, Eternals is having sets being built being one (of the few marvel movies to do so (the majority have been shot on digital and use green screen) this is a huge deal. She’s being allowed creative control and she loves shooting on actual sets— Eternals (@eternals2020) July 24, 2019
While a bit of a stretch, this claim is not entirely without corroboration. A purported photo leak from Pinewood Studios in the UK -- where Eternals is slated to begin filming in September -- appears to show a wooden set being built, which somewhat bears a resemblance to the City of the Space Gods from the original comic books. Furthermore, @eternals2020 speculates that much of Eternals will be shot on film, which digital cameras and green screens being saved for action sequences. Though, this remains unsubstantiated.
I wouldn’t be shocked if they allow her to shoot ALL of it on FILM, she wants to shoot majority of it on FILM so when he says “in part” I’m betting the action sequences will be digital , the rest of the film however will be shot on FILM.— Eternals (@eternals2020) July 26, 2019
Directed by Chloé Zhao with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The film arrives in theaters on November 6, 2020.