Salma Hayek has officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The news came when the MCU's Phase 4 was revealed this weekend at San Diego Comic Con.
The beautiful Mexican actress has been cast as Ajak in The Eternals, which will be released on 6 November 2020.
The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao and stars actress Angelina Jolie, stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and “Bodyguard”actor Richard Madden alongside Hayek.
Hayek, a Lebanese-Mexican actress, is best known for her work as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in 2002 film “Frida”,as well as her more recent films such as “Grown Ups”and “Grown Ups 2”.
Ajak - Salma's character - is a male character in the comics. Many fans are surprised by this change, but hey....it's Salma Hayek! She announced her upcoming role on Instagram, saying: “I’m so excited to join the Marvel family as Ajak, the mother of all Eternals. It used to be the father of all Eternals, but girls… this is OUR time!!!!!”
The Eternals is based off the comic of the same name and tells the story of a species of humanity (named the Eternals) who were genetically engineered by the Celestials (who created the Infinity Stones), trying to protect the human race. (That's where the tie-in to the Avengers universe comes from).
In addition to “The Eternals”, Marvel revealed many other new projects, including Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali as the vampire hunter Blade and Natalie Portman as the female Thor. Shang-Chi, the first Asian American super hero film was also unveiled, starring Canadian actor Simu Liu and “Crazy Rich Asians”actress Awkwafina.
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