‘Eternals’ Lia McHugh reacts to being one of the MCU’s youngest superheroes

The massive Marvel movie Eternals is just hours away from flying onto the big screen.

The film introduces some of the most powerful beings in the universe, all with unique powers. One of them is Sprite, played by 14-year-old Lia McHugh, who described her character to ABC Audio as “an illusionist [who] can make you see things that aren’t there and that spans in really cool ways.”

Adds McHugh, “You know, when I figured out her powers and then once I read the script, I thought it was really cool — the creative things that they had her do with her powers that I would have probably never thought of.”

If you think a a 14-year-old superhero sounds a little unusual, Lia says you’re not alone.

“My entire family was just absolutely shocked,” the actress recalls. “And one of the biggest questions that people ask me when I say that I’m in a Marvel movie, they’re like, ‘Do you speak?’ Which I think is pretty funny. I mean, no one expects a kid to be a superhero [and] have a bigger part in a Marvel movie.”

Eternals features an ensemble cast that also includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel and Kit Harington. With so many new characters, Lia thinks “everyone has someone that they can relate to, whether it be the diversity [or] the age.”

“I think it’s really incredible how Marvel was able to introduce 10 new characters, but really have the audience thoroughly understand them,” she adds.

Eternals opens nationwide on Friday. Marvel is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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