Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’ Spot: Kumail Nanjiani Stars In New Lexus IS 500 Sports Sedan Advert

Lexus showcases the first-ever IS 500 in Russo brothers-directed ad

Some things are worth preserving at all costs. If you’re Kingo in Marvel Studios’ “Eternals,” played by  Kumail Nanjiani, this includes your gleaming new Lexus IS 500 sports sedan.

As the exclusive automotive partner of Marvel Studios’ “Eternals,” Lexus debuts a marketing campaign today with a long-form video titled “Parking Spot.” In the two-minute piece, Kingo has to solve a very human problem before he can join the epic Super Hero battle happening downtown — finding a safe parking spot for his new Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance, the most powerful IS ever, with a 472-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 engine.

Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” centers on an exciting new team of super heroes who have lived on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants. The film is directed by Chloé Zhao, who made Oscar history as the first woman of color to win the Academy Award for best director. In addition to Kumail Nanjiani, the film stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Barry Keoghan,  Don Lee and Kit Harrington. Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” hits U.S. theaters on November 5, 2021.

Vinay Shahani, Lexus vice president of marketing said,

“There’s a natural synergy between Marvel Studios and Lexus. We both go all-in to deliver amazing experiences,”

“We’re incredibly excited to team up with Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’ to showcase our very own superhero, the first-ever V8 IS 500, which ushers in a new Lexus F SPORT Performance Line.”

Mindy Hamilton, SVP, Global Partnership Marketing at Marvel Studios said,

“We’re thrilled to partner with Lexus to give viewers an early look at one of our new heroes, Kumail Nanjiani’s Kingo, in action. Lexus’ creative campaign is appropriately epic, delivering the same combination of action, spectacle and humor our fans will see in the film,”

“Parking Spot” was helmed by directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo. The brothers have directed four Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, including one of the highest-grossing films of all time, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame.” Viewers who pay close attention to “Parking Spot” will notice a few Marvel Cinematic Universe Easter eggs. In order to achieve the level of VFX viewers expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lexus enlisted the Oscar-winning visual effects company Framestore.

As the exclusive automotive partner of Marvel Studios’ “Eternals,” Lexus debuts a marketing campaign with a long-form video titled “Parking Spot,” featuring Kumail Nanjiani and the Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance.

The spot also features the new voice of Lexus, actor Gaius Charles. The fresh new voice of Lexus for general market advertising marks the latest chapter in the Lexus brand evolution. 

“Parking Spot” will headline the high-profile marketing campaign, set to appear in a wide range of media placements, from special events to Lexus dealerships. A 30-second version of the spot will air on cable and in cable sports, as well as during college football, NHL and soccer. In addition to broadcast, the campaign includes advanced TV, digital and social. The Lexus LS 500 flagship sedan and the all-new NX luxury crossover will make appearances in the film. 

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