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    Marvel's First Deaf Superhero Is In "Eternals," And Here's What It Felt Like For The Actor Who Played Her

    Beware when you watch Eternals. Makkari will steal your heart.

    With Eternals, Lauren Ridloff has just created history by becoming the first deaf actor ever to portray a superhero in a Marvel feature film.

    Lauren Ridloff attends the "The Eternals" UK Premiere at BFI IMAX Waterloo on October 27, 2021 in London, England.
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    The Eternal that Ridloff plays is Makkari, who has super speed. Makkari is deaf as well, thus becoming the first deaf superhero Marvel has featured on the big screen.

    Makkari stands and looks to her left.
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    Fortunately we are seeing more stories being told from the perspective of deaf characters. Recently the comedy series Only Murders in the Building featured an episode entirely from the POV of a deaf character. But there's still a long way to go.

    Although Ridloff had gone to audition for a different movie, she got handpicked by director Chloe Zhao for the role.

    Lauren Ridloff giving flying kiss.
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    She told the Hollywood Reporter, "I didn’t audition for the role of Makkari. I was called for a sit-down meeting with Chloé and [producer] Nate Moore about a new untitled Marvel project."

    Lauren Ridloff and director Chloe Zhao attend the "Eternals" UK Premiere
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    "During that meeting, they introduced The Eternals to me and tried to capture the story and the people that make up the Eternals. The conversation shifted to Makkari, who Makkari was in the comics and would be in the film."

    Lauren Ridloff is seen outside Live with Kelly and Ryan
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    The opportunity to represent the deaf community in a big-budget movie was quite an emotional experience for Ridloff, who admitted that she cried at a special screening of the movie in October.

    Lauren Ridloff arrives for the world premiere of Marvel Studios' "Eternals" at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles
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    She explained, "It felt like it was a lifetime of waiting. I didn’t really see anyone like myself ever represented on the screen."

    Lauren Ridloff attends the CHANEL party
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    Well, her character in the movie has touched the hearts of viewers too.

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    Warning: Spoilers below!

    Many confessed on social media about the bond they formed with her character. Here are just a few of them:

    she's an icon she's a legend and she IS the moment. #eternals #makkari

    Twitter: @shangswilson / Marvel

    “who was your favorite #Eternals character in the movie” Me: #Makkari

    Twitter: @MrNiceGuy513

    Lauren Ridloff's makkari is probably the best onscreen adaptation of any Speedster throughout the Marvel/DC universe. The visuals and sheer demonstration of her speed and strength was insane especially in IMAX #Eternals #Makkari

    Twitter: @REDACTEDSpider / Marvel

    #MAKKARI: i’ve been moving lightspeed

    Twitter: @gracesjudd

    Lauren Ridloff has the most innocent and wholesome energy. I love her. #Makkari

    Twitter: @therealsupes

    We love everything about her. #Makkari #Eternals

    Twitter: @BingeWatchThis_ / Marvel