The recent release of the trailer for the new Eternals movie has given us a glimpse of what one of 2021’s most keenly awaited films will be about. One part of it that has caused some eyebrows to be raised is the snippet of a Bollywood-style dance sequence. What it is about and what part does it play in this superhero movie?
Details of the Trailer
Marvel Studios released an Eternals trailer of two minutes and seven seconds in May. It gained 77 million views in the first 24 hours online soon converting it into the planet’s top trending video. While fairly light on plot details, it introduced us to the ensemble cast that features ten Eternals, played by a range of high-profile stars including Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, and Gemma Chan.
The Eternals are immortal alien superheroes, each of whom has a selection of powers. The trailer mixes some dramatic sequences with lighter moments of comedy. We also see Ikaris and Sersi – played by Madden and Chan – wear traditional Indian outfits as they get married. The Bollywood dance sequence is presumably part of the wedding celebrations and we see a glimpse of this too. Indian actor Harish Patel also pops up briefly in the trailer, although he has said that he can’t confirm yet what role he will be playing. The movie has been written and directed by the acclaimed Chinese film-maker Chloé Zhao, who won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival with 2020’s Nomadland. It isn’t clear yet if it will have Tom Cruise-style stunts or be more story-driven.
Even though the reason for the Indian-style clips are now clear, audience members have been left wondering if the wedding and dance sequences will provide a happy ending to the movie, or if they will come earlier. The latter could mean that something dramatic will happen to spoil the joyous wedding celebrations.
More About the Movie
Among his powers, Ikaris is able to fly and shoot cosmic energy from his eyes, in addition to being unbelievably strong. Sersi can manipulate matter at will and Hayek plays the healer Ajak. One of the most interesting characters is Makkari, who is played by Ridloff and is the first Marvel superhero to be deaf. Her ability is the lightning speed with which she can check out an unknown planet. Kit Harrington is also in the movie, but starring as a human character, Dane Whitman. This warrior carries a powerful sword.
The story begins after the events of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which featured Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. Tragedy has struck and the Eternals need to protect humans from the evil Deviants. The Eternals have inhabited our earthly planet for thousands of years without yet revealing their identity, but that is about to change.
The Eternals movie has been in development since 2018 and should be out in October 2021 in India, with the US release coming just a few days later. As well as the English version, it is expected to be screened in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada, like other recent Marvel movies.
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Other Ways That Bollywood is Influencing Western Entertainment and Fashion
It is interesting to note the different ways that Bollywood is now influencing the rest of the world, rather than being confined purely to Indian audiences. This can be seen in the movie industry and also in various other areas, where the style and appeal of Bollywood have made a big impact.
Some analysts suggest that this trend goes back to the release of Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, as an adaptation of Vikas Swarup’s 2005 book Q&A. Another movie to be credited with taking Bollywood influences was 2012’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by John Madden. It earned $137 million at global box offices and spawned a 2015 sequel. Bollywood has also reached the games world. India is the home of games like chess, snooker, and snakes & ladders but the Betway live casino now offers a Live Bollywood Roulette title alongside Live Bollywood Blackjack as modern alternatives. Andar Bahar Live in the same casino is a traditional Indian game that could gain a new, international audience by going online. The fashion seen in the top Bollywood movies has had an impact across the world too. This look at iconic Bollywood outfits that became fashion trends lets us see how easily this glamorous movie fashion can catch on in real life. Sequin sarees and micro handbags are among the trends started by Bollywood stars in recent times.
Avengers: Endgame smashed box office records in 2019, with a million tickets sold in India in a single day and Chinese cinemas selling the same amount in just six hours. Eternals could have a similar degree of success, meaning that millions of people in every part of the world will see the fabulous Indian wedding outfits in this film. It is worth noting that the earlier movie has also led to huge spin-offs in terms of merchandising, which could also be the case with Eternals and their Bollywood-style outfits. If the many Bollywood influences already present in Western life are anything to go by, this wouldn’t be a surprise.
If Eternals is the huge success that critics expect it to be, it will bring the joy of an Indian wedding and Bollywood dancing to millions of movie fans across the planet. This could open up new opportunities for more Western filmmakers to add these elements in the future.