Marvel Studio’s Eternals takes a big swing into phase 4 of the Mavel Cinematic Universe, and it’s mostly a hit.
As you know, MCU fans, me included, had some extremely lofty expectations from Academy Award Winner Director Chloé Zhao‘s first foray into the superhero’s genre. And thankfully, she delivers…mostly.
Boasting a stellar cast, Eternals (the movie) takes us back to the origin of the MCU, when the Celestials created the universe as we know it and placed ten super powered Eternals (the team, led by Salma Hayek‘s Ajak) to protect humanity from the deviants.
At least, that’s what the official plot is about. However, as we dive deeper into the mythology, you’ll discover that not everything what it seems, or what the Celestials said it is.
Plus, Eternals boasts a lot of Disney and Marvel Studios “firsts”, especially when it comes to representation: First super powered brown person (Kingo played by Kumail Nanjiani), first deaf hero (Makkari played by Lauren Ridloff), first gay superpowered individual with a husband and kid (Phastos played by Brian Tyree Henry), first MCU kiss and sex scene, and a lot more.
Eternals is full of twists and turns. If you’ve read the controversial comics, you’ll expect some of them. Others will be a complete surprise.
However, nothing is perfect. If anything, the movie trying to cram too much information in the second longest MCU run ever. The push for representation with ten main characters (it was twelve according to a recent interview) resulted in an interesting story. Sadly, not everyone gets the chance to shine, even the A-List cast.
To summarize, Eternals will be as controversial as the comics it’s based on. Dealing with existential questions, the role of gods, humans as well as lots of mythology. Can’t wait for the sequel! Watch out for the two credit scenes that are equally important for the future movies.
Should you watch it?
Simply yes. Marvel Studios’ Eternals packs a lot of mythology, tads, and bits about the creation of the MCU, and it’s going to be an essential milestone moving forward. Even without all the VFX and fanfare, at heart, Eternals is still a story about a broken family & a pivotal love story between 2 Demi-gods.
Where can I watch it?
Marvel Studio’s Eternals is now streaming on Disney+ everywhere.