Through their history in the comics, and in reports about the movie, the Eternals all appear to have similar skill sets with the powers of flight, invulnerability, energy projection, and more. However, as is the case with many head honchos, being the leader of this superhero team seems to have its perks.
In a recent interview with Variety, Salma Hayek opened up on her experience working with Marvel Studios on Eternals.
When asked how much she knew about her character, Ajak, or the Eternals in general, Hayek said she “didn’t know anything about it.” She also revealed that Marvel Studios “wouldn’t let (her) see the script” before signing on for the role, although they gave her a rough idea of what would happen in the movie:
“Nothing. I didn’t know anything about it. I’m very lucky. I have a Mexican friend and she’s a female, who’s the biggest Marvel geek that you can imagine. My problem was, I was sworn to secrecy because I was one of the first people that they hired, but I had to keep it in a secret for a long, long time. So, when I had the call, I said to them, ‘I confess. Eventually I will know everything that there is to know, but what are the Eternals? Do they exist in comics? I don’t know who’s Ajak.’ And then they explained everything to me. They explained me the script. They didn’t give me the script. I had to sign the contract without reading the script. They wouldn’t let me see the script until I signed. That was very unsettling.”
Although the movie is changing Ajak from male to female for her on-screen adaptation from the comics, this character’s unique ability to speak to the Celestials comes from decades of Marvel Comics, so much so that the character is referred to as “He Who Talks To Celestials” by his counterparts.