Marvel Studios successfully held the South Korean premiere of Eternals in Seoul on Thursday.
The Yongsan CGV IMAX Hall welcomed Korean fans who had been extremely excited to see Ma Dong-Seok (Don Lee) in the film as he plays the role of Gilgamesh. The movie serves as his most recent major film following the success of the Train To Busan franchise. The MCU film's director, Chloe Zhao, personally picked the actor to be part of the team.
However, fans left the venue with heavy hearts after realizing that Ma Dong-Seok received unfair treatment as the movie gave him shorter screentime compared to others.
Eternals Viewers Said Marvel Has Been Unfair Toward Ma Dong-Seok
Ma Dong-Seok's fans waited for years until they finally saw another Korean star in a Marvel film. Unfortunately, the excitement it initially drew had vanished as the actor was not given more time to show off his K-Punches throughout the film.
As a result, they took out their disappointment online and called out the studio for not giving him more chances to show what he got. They also noted that, even on Eternals' trailers, the actor did not appear that often, as well.
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Meanwhile, other Marvel fans pointed out that Ma Dong-Seok was not the only cast member in the series. Regrettably, the film needed to divide its screentime among its characters.
Another fan compared the movie's screentime to a song's line distribution. They explained that, in comparison, the people who work best for the song get more lines.
Screen Time Has Been An Issue In MCU
Ma Dong-Seok's lack of screen time is no longer new in the MCU.
Since Marvel Studios launched Phase 1 of the MCU, many fan-favorites have been put aside to highlight the members of the Avengers instead. Among the list of characters who have not gotten enough time yet include Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer, Terrence Howard's James Rhodes, and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, among others.
But the MCU's plans to expand even more, fans are hopeful that the well-deserved characters – including Ma Dong-Seok – will soon get enough screen time.