Lauren Ridloff Shares Some ‘Eternals’ Sign Language

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Lauren Ridloff plays Makkari in 'Eternals'.

The Marvel Studios movie Eternals may have only received middling reviews after its premieres in theaters and on Disney+, but some Marvel fans still have chosen favorites out of the Celestials who make up the Eternals ensemble in the movie.

Makkari, the deaf Celestial whose superpower is super-speed, has become a fan favorite — and Lauren Ridloff, the actor who plays Makkari, has just shared some inspiring “Power Words” using sign language!

For Ikaris (played by Cinderella’s Prince Charming Richard Madden), Ridloff signed “powerful” and “brave”. Eternals leader Ajak (played by Salma Hayek) received the words “leader” and “healer”. Sersi, the main protagonist in the film played by Gemma Chan, was described as “selfless” and “fearless”.


Richard Madden (best known for playing Robb Stark on Game of Thrones and Prince Charming in Cinderella) as Ikaris in Eternals. Credit: Marvel

For Sprite (played by Lia McHugh), Lauren Ridloff signed the Power Words “youthful” and “adaptable”.¬† The inventor Phastos (played by Brian Tyree Henry) was described as “innovator” and “genuis”, while Kingo (played by Kumail Nanjiani) was “influential” and “mighty”.


Credit: Fandango (L-R): Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ¬©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The Celestial warrior Thena, played by¬†Maleficent¬†actress Angelina Jolie, understandably received the words “warrior” and “fierce”. Her steadfast companion Gilgamesh (portrayed by Don Lee) was “strong” and “loyal” while Barry Keoghan’s Eternal character named Druig was “independent” and “persuasive” (fitting, since his character controlled humans and he made a point of diverging from the other immortal Celestials who were guarding humanity).


Angelina Jolie in the new Marvel Studios movie Eternals. Photo Credit: Screenrant

For Makkari, Lauren Ridloff’s own character, she used the Power Words “swift” and “daring”. Lauren Ridloff has a large fanbase, with many audience members now pushing for more deaf characters or deaf actors in films, and the comments on this brief sign language tutorial are universally positive!

Credit: Fandango Sersi (Gemma Chan) in Marvel Studios’ ETERNALS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ¬©Marvel Studios 2021.

Did you see Eternals yet on Disney+? Was Makkari your favorite Eternal, or did you prefer a character who received more screen time like Sersi?

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Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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