Jolie was also joined on the red carpet by her children, Maddox, 20, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
The film not only boasts one of the most diverse casts of any Marvel movie but it’s also directed by Chloe Zhao, whose film “Nomadland” swept the Oscars earlier in the year.
“I hope it just starts to normalise what should have been there in the first place and I hope we just see more and more of this kind of diversity and I hope people watch these films in years to come and we don’t even think about it as being diverse, it just becomes what’s normal and what’s right and what’s appropriate representation of the world we live in.” say Jolie.
Gemma Chan plays the lead role of Sersi, who is a member of the Eternals, a group of aliens who have lived on Earth and secretly guided humanity for 7,000 years without getting involved.
However, the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ forces the secretive group to come out of the shadows.
Chan said at the premiere, “It’s got a different tone, visually it’s going to be quite different and obviously the cast is huge and it spans 7,000 years, so it’s really an epic story. One of the themes of the film is connection, connection to one another, connection to Earth. I hope that resonates with people in some way.”
‘Eternals’ also features the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) first gay kiss as well as their first deaf character in Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari.
Using American Sign Language (ASL), she signed, “Well, I have to say that I might be the first but I won’t be the only one for much longer. There’s another deaf superhero coming into the MCU very soon, so this is definitely a game-changer.”