A behind-the-scenes photo from Chloé Zhao revealed that the very first showing of Eternals took place in a parking lot. Eternals was released theatrically on November 5, 2021, and has received mixed reviews from critics. The film follows The Eternals, immortal beings who have secretly lived on Earth for centuries, after first arriving to fight the Deviants. When the Deviants resurface, The Eternals are pulled from various corners of the world to unite and fight them once more. Eternals originally had a release date of November 6, 2020, but was delayed a year due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Pandemic delays resulted in no MCU films being released in 2020. In 2021, Black Widow was the first film to test the waters after the pandemic with a dual release in theaters and on Disney+. The decision would lead to Scarlett Johansson filing a lawsuit against Disney for not giving the film a solely theatrical release, thus, affecting its box office performance and her salary. The next MCU film remedied Black Widow's mistake, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings boasted an exclusive theatrical release and currently is the highest-grossing film of 2021. Eternals was the third MCU film of 2021 and has faced unique pandemic conditions similar to Shang-Chi and Black Widow.
Zhao shared a behind-the-scenes photo that depicts the first showing of Eternals taking place in a parking lot. The first showing took place in August of 2020 when much of the world was still in lockdown and quarantined due to the pandemic. This made an indoor showing impossible, so a makeshift theater was set up in a parking lot. After being subject to all the outdoor elements during its first showing, Zhao is thrilled for the film to be shared worldwide in actual theaters and is thankful to the theater owners and workers who made it possible. Check out her photo below:
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Zhao's post gives insight into the struggles the film industry faced during the covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately, Eternals wrapped filming in February of 2020, thus, just narrowly missing having to pause filming when the pandemic struck. Since Eternals was filmed in multiple locations, the pandemic and travel restrictions would have thrown a huge wrench in the production process. However, even though the film did avoid having to work filming around covid-19 restrictions, it did still face a release delay. Zhao's post illustrates the struggles that directors like her faced in being unable to show their completed work during that time.
Fortunately, Zhao managed to share her art for the first time in August of 2020, albeit in a parking lot. The photo of a makeshift theater outside demonstrates just how much having the theaters opened again means to individuals. It isn't just a major treat for movie-goers, but also for the individuals behind the screen who want their work to be shared with the maximum number of people possible. Black Widow's lawsuit and Zhao's outdoor theater illustrate that it is difficult to have a film without a movie theater. Movie theaters are currently working hard to stay safe while also being open to allow films to have proper openings and first showings. Viewers are bound to be a bit more appreciative that they can view Eternals from the comforts of the theater, after recognizing the very first viewers watched it in a parking lot.
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