During an appearance on the Comic Book Club podcast, the Academy Award winner characterized the venture as a TV adaptation of The Eternals film from 2021. Ridley asserted, "My rendition was the superior one. It was incredibly strange. There was my take, a positive take, at least to my perspective, though that's subjective. Then there was the version that [Marvel] ultimately pursued, which, to be frank, I don't believe... that version was notably good. I'll be honest."

Describing the pilot, Ridley shared, "In my version, it begins with a young man, approximately 18 years old, sitting in contemplation. Suddenly, he raises his hands, holding a drill, and activates it. He proceeds to place the drill against his ear and begins pushing it in. The narrative unfolds from that point. That's the starting point. Additionally, I believe you witness another young person who sleeps in a bathtub, wrapping themselves in foil. It's truly an unconventional tale about these individuals, immersed in an eccentric storyline."

 

Ridley's Eternals Series Was Scrapped For A Movie

Nevertheless, Ridley's take on The Eternals faced varied feedback, given the inherent challenges in bringing the property to fruition. "The most beneficial outcome for everyone was that it didn't materialize under my direction because I'm unsure if it would have been captivating," the director remarked. "And by captivating, I mean my sense of entertainment doesn't always align with popular taste. While that works well for much of my work, this project needed a broader appeal."

In 2015, Marvel Television was actively developing shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and Netflix's Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. However, with the integration of the television division into Marvel Studios, Ridley's Eternals series was put on hold. In 2021, Marvel released a film centered on The Eternals, a group of immortal extraterrestrial beings re-emerging after millennia to protect Earth against the Deviants.

Despite being directed by Chloé Zhao and featuring a star-studded cast including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington, and others, the movie received a lukewarm reception. While some praised The Eternals for its ambitious storytelling and unique approach to superhero mythology, others criticized its pacing, intricate narrative, and the abundance of characters. Although the film had a strong opening weekend at the box office, it didn't match the success of Marvel's other releases.

 

The Eternals is available to stream on Disney+.

Source: Comic Book Club podcast