The Marvel superhero film ‘Eternals’ directed by Chloé Zhao still dominates the box office charts in several countries, including Indonesia. Eternals tells the story of a group of “aliens” with super powers who have been tasked with educating and protecting mankind since ancient times.
Apart from the story, the 26th Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film is also called epic because of the appearance of the actors and actresses with stellar quality, such as; Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, to Angelina Jolie.
The story of Eternals is set in Mesopotamia, Babylon, India, South Dakota, Alaska, and the Amazon. The sophistication of animation also colors this superhero film. However, many scenes are also produced in tourist destinations to add to the uniqueness of the film. Filming for the film Eternals took place in Spain, England, and the United States, as quoted from The Cinemaholic.
Principal photography of the film began in July 2019 at
Buckinghamshire, England. Principal filming was completed in February 2020, just before global entertainment production was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A reshoot is reportedly set to take place in November 2020, with additional shooting in February 2021. Here are five Eternals filming locations to visit in real life:
1. Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The archipelago consists of eight main islands and many smaller islands.
The islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, the second and fourth largest in the archipelago, served as filming locations for scenes from Mesopotamia, Babylon and the Australian Outback.
At Fuerteventura, filming took place in several locations across the island. Penitas Gorge, a narrow valley in the Betanuria Country Park, was also the filming location.
Located south of Fuerteventura in Pájara and famous for its black sand beaches, La Solapa Beach is featured in the film, especially at the gathering place of the Eternals. Las Barcas beach, Corralejo dunes, and Buen Paso coconut groves were also shooting locations.
In Lanzarote, filming took place around the Cuervo Volcano, one of the most accessible volcanoes in the region even with access to the crater.
According to various media reports, filming also took place at Charco de Los Clicos, where the crater of an extinct volcano sank into the Atlantic Ocean to form a lagoon.
The production team also chose the volcanic landscape of Mount Rodeos in Los Volcanes Natural Park to shoot some of the scenes in the film
2. Buckinghamshire, England
Filming for the main Eternals film took place at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. This film and television studio is located on Pinewood Road, Slough, in the village of Iver Heath, a few miles west of central London.
This place is also a shooting location for the James Bond and Harry Potter films. The production team built a number of large sets on Pinewood Road, including the Aztec Pyramid set.
3. London, England
London, the capital of England, was one of the main filming locations for Eternals. At the beginning of the film, Sersi emerges from Piccadilly Circus, a crossroads in Westminster in London’s West End. Filming also took place at Hampstead Heath, a 790-hectare old London park.
Parliament Hill, located in the southeast corner of Hampstead Heath, was used for filming because the Hill offers stunning views of London.
Located in northwest London, Camden Town is also the location of the film. Production took place at various venues in the district, including Camden Lock, on Regent’s Canal. Camden’s iconic Belsize Park also served as the filming location for Eternals.
4. Oxford, England
The University of Oxford, located in Wellington Square, Oxford, also appears in the film Eternals. Filming also took place at the Natural History Museum located on Parks Road.
5. Other locations in England
Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, which is home to the famous Stonehenge, served as the filming location for the South Dakota ranch scene in Ajak.
The limestone plateau is one of the last remaining grasslands in northwestern Europe. Swinley Forest in Berkshire is where the scene was shot in Alaska.
6. Los Angeles, California
Under the production name ‘Sack Lunch’, additional filming of ‘Eternals’ took place in Los Angeles in February 2021. The cast and crew were seen filming on West 5th Street and South Spring Street. ‘The City of Angels’ is no stranger to such large-scale production filmmaking.
Los Angeles has also been the filming location for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Black Widow, The Avengers, ‘WandaVision, Captain Marvel, and many others.