According to screenwriters Kaz and Ryan Firpo, Gilgamesh was originally meant to be Kingo’s valet in Marvel Studios’ Eternals.
Karun’s popularity seems to skyrocket throughout Eternals opening weekend. He plays Kingo’s valet in the film, and Kingo has become a well-known Bollywood actor. Karun follows the Eternals as they come together throughout the film, capturing as much as he can for Kingo, who wants to make a documentary about the Eternal space team. Gilgamesh, on the other hand, is the team’s heavy hitter, tasked with defending Thena from her modern day memory loss disease.
Interview with THR
Kaz and Ryan Firpo have now spoken about the Eternals writing process and the role of Kingo’s valet. The Firpos admitted in an interview with THR that they had very different ambitions for Gilgamesh and Karun. Check out the rest of their comments after the jump:
Kaz Firpo: We have to give huge credit to Patrick Burleigh [the screenwriter who came in after the Firpos] for that. We had a version of it, and Patrick went gangbuster with it. It is another human substitute you need during the trip. This [character] was someone we played with as the director of all of his movies. Once upon a time Gilgamesh [Don Lee] hung out with Kingo. They worked together. So there was a similar dynamic.
Ryan Firpo: When we had 12 characters, Gilgamash was not paired with Thena. He was Kingo’s valet, so he was basically that character, but as Gilgamesh.
The plot could have suffered if Gilgamesh was the valet
Thena’s disease plot would have suffered had Gilgamesh been the valet. His memory loss is a major component of his character, and Gilgamesh remains by his side throughout the story, from beginning to end.
The Eternals appreciate Karun’s contribution to the plot. While he doesn’t have a direct impact on the team’s goals, he does add a touch of humanity. Dane Whitman, played by Kit Harington, also gives a hint of this, demonstrating just how crucial humans are to the Eternals’ story. The film spends a lot of time exploring the idea of gods co-existing with humans, and Karun’s involvement plays a big part in that.
Source – The Hollywood Reporter