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Salma Hayek Reveals New Details About Her Character in Marvel’s ‘Eternals’

Salma Hayek was nominated for best actress for her 2002 movie “Frida.” Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images


Salma Hayek Reveals New Details About Her Character in Marvel’s ‘Eternals’


Salma Hayek shares fresh information about her character in Eternals. After nearly two weeks of seeing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in cinemas, audiences’ attention has begun to shift to Marvel’s next movie. Like Shang-Chi, the upcoming MCU film will continue to introduce new and diverse heroes who will be expected to make an impact in Phase 4 and beyond.

Salma Hayek, who plays Ajak, has indicated that her character will take a deep look at parenting in her role. In the comics, Ajak is generally the male commander of the Eternals, so fans are eager to see how Salma’s position in the multiverse film plays out.

Hayek stated in a recent interview with TotalFilm that her version of Ajak “can’t have kids,” but she does adopt a motherly attitude to the other Eternals, which she co-created with filmmaker Chloe Zhao.

“Chloé decided to tackle the concept of leadership from the perspective of motherhood… I’m not a mother. I’m an alien. I can’t have kids,” Hayek explained. “However, my character used to be a man in the comics, now it’s a woman. So instead of just changing the gender, I proposed to [Zhao] to really bring something that is very specific to womanhood.”

Chloe Zhao wrote and directed the film, which is about a tribe of immortal aliens. They’ve lived on Earth for millennia, but they’ve been given new instructions by their creators, the Celestials.

The Eternals are forbidden from intervening in human matters unless their evil rivals, the Deviants, are also engaged.


The aftermath of Avengers: Endgame has paced the way for Eternals after half the Earth’s population returns.

Ajak (Salma Hayek), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), and Sersi (Richard Madden) are among the film’s most memorable characters.

“I need to guide them into things… we have a mission in life, in the world. A mother also needs to guide her kids,” Hayek continued. “When they misbehave, she will reprimand them, but always from the perspective of motherhood… There’s an empathy to it – although I’m not allowed to have empathy, because I’m an alien. So that makes it interesting…”

At this moment, it’s unknown if the inability to produce offspring affects simply Ajak or the whole race of Eternals. While the group was created from Celestials in the comics, they have had children in the past, with Ikarus having a son named Icarus who perished after flying too close to the sun.

This idea hasn’t been addressed in the comics, and we’re not sure if it will be in the film. Thanos, on the other hand, was shown to be a member of the unknown race and to have been born with the Deviant Syndrome. He wasn’t created, yet he has a kid named Thane, indicating that the Eternals are capable of procreation. Other details will be disclosed on November 5, when the film is released in theaters.

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