To celebrate Eternals finally being available to stream on Disney Plus, Gemma Chan shared a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the Marvel film. The slideshow also gives fans their first glimpse at Harry Styles's brief time on set for his surprise appearance as Eros in an end-credits scene.
Based on the two photos of Styles in the slideshow, it seems he was all smiles while working with Chan and the rest of the Eternals crew. Styles hasn't spoken about his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut much, but he did speak highly of his experience while chatting with Dazed magazine late last year. "I'm only in right at the very end," he said. "But who didn't grow up wanting to be a superhero, you know? It was a great experience and I'm so grateful to have gotten to work with [director] Chloé [Zhao]."
Though fans were shocked to see Styles show up in the film, Zhao told Deadline Styles was the only person she ever considered to play the part. “Harry as Eros was very much a package deal for me,” she explained. “I pitched the idea of Pip the Troll and Eros to Kevin (Feige) awhile back and I love the idea of exploring an Eternal who is beyond Titan and who may have influenced Thanos throughout the years the same way Eternals influenced us, earthlings.”
“And then, it wasn’t like I suggested Eros, and let’s go find actors. I kept tabs on Harry since Dunkirk, I thought he was very interesting," she continued. "After meeting him I realized he is that character—the same way I cast the rest of my cast. There’s so much of Eros in him. For me, if he says yes and Kevin says yes then it’s a go. And I’m very happy they both did.”
For those who may not know, Eros is the brother of fallen End Game villain Thanos. While making an appearance on the Phase Zero podcast, Eternals producer Nate Moore revealed why taking on this particular role was a "big leap of faith" for Styles.
"You're just like, 'I love this guy. I love this guy. I don't know what it is. I love him,'" Moore said of Styles. "He's funny. He's charming. He's nice to everybody. He is kind of Eros. And so, it was an easy conversation."
"I think for him, it's a bigger risk for Harry Styles to be in this movie than for us to cast Harry Styles. Because he has such a specific fan base and he's a musician, and now he's becoming an actor, but that's not necessarily his core thing," Moore explained. "And to take a flyer on this really random character that he also knows is vaguely problematic, I think was sort of a bigger leap of faith for him. But I think the notion of Eros in the MCU going forward is so much fun. It's totally worth it"
As of now, it's unclear whether Styles will appear in any future Marvel projects. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed!