Gemma Chan achieved breakout success in 2018, thanks to her role as Astrid in the enormously successful comedy, “Crazy Rich Asians.” The next year saw her turn up briefly as Minn-Erva in “Captain Marvel.” However, “Crazy Rich Asians” earned itself a number of awards nominations during the 2019 awards circuit, and it turns out that it was while she was doing the awards season run for that film that Gemma Chan had an interesting run-in with a certain Marvel Studios head honcho.
“I encountered Kevin Feige during the awards circuit for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and out of the blue, he just came up and said, ‘We’d love to have you back,'” Chan recounted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m going to paraphrase really badly, but I guess he’d seen the film and said, ‘We’d love to make better use of you. We’d just love for you to come back. We want you to do something else so let’s find that project.’ But, to be honest, I had no idea that it would be so soon. So, yeah, it was just really nice of him to say that.”
“Captain Marvel” was released in the United States on March 8, 2019, while Chan’s potential involvement in “Eternals” made headlines in August of that same year. It seems, based on that information alone, that someone at Disney and Marvel quickly realized that Gemma Chan is capable of turning in a whole lot more than just a one-off performance as a minor villain. As a result, Chan is one of the few actors to play not just one, but two roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Eternals” is set to hit theaters on November 5.