Jim Starlin is at the top of the world. Last summer, we spoke to the legendary comic book creator about the various projects he was working on, and he couldn’t help but plead publicly at Marvel Studios to introduce Pip the Troll in live-action at some point. Fast forward a year and some change, and Pip the Troll is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only that, but Eros has also entered the world of cinema, another of Starlin’s cosmic creations.
Eros, played by Harry Styles, is the star of the mid-credits scene in Chloe Zhao’s Eternals, and the character is taking shape to have a great Marvel future. Be that as it may, Starlin wants you to know that the character’s name is Eros – not Starfox.
“I don’t do Starfox,” Starlin tells us after calling Styles’ character by his code name. “That was when the editors got kind of chicken shit and decided they were going to change his name.”
According to Starlin, Marvel Studios invited him to the premiere, but he was unable to attend. Since the invite had been extended, the creator assumed Josh Brolin had a cameo in the film as Thanos. As it turned out, two of his favorite creations showed up instead.
“I kind of thought Pip would show up, I actually expected Thanos to be in it. There were rumors that a young Thanos would be appearing in the movie. Apparently not. He is mentioned, but he never shows up”, Starlin recalls.”So Pip wasn’t such a big surprise. Eros was a really big surprise, and all the impact Harry Styles played as Eros is quite a surprise. I didn’t see that coming.”
As far as Styles’ performance goes, Starlin all agree. The writer admits that he has never heard of the actor, but has quickly become a fan of the singer.
“Harry Styles was a surprise. I’m an ancient coot, so my consumption of pop music stopped sometime in the 1970s. So I have to admit I didn’t know who Harry Styles was,” the artist recalled. “I was walking through a checkout line and I saw a magazine about Harry Styles. And I thought, ‘Oh, it must be something like, Martha Stewart Magazine“And I thought it was such an odd name for a home decor magazine.”
Anyway, Starlin likes how the actor looks in the role.
“When it turned out that he was the actor who played Eros, I had to go see him,” Starlin concludes. “And I was really surprised, I have it on my Spotify now. There are some songs that I really liked. So I was brought back in the modern age and now I know who Harry Styles is. And I think he will be perfect be like Eros. I mean, he’s a really handsome guy.”
Eternals is in theaters now while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be available to stream for Disney+ subscribers on November 12.
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