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Movie Review: Marvel’s Eternals

The Eternals movie poster, which is gold with 10 golden outlines of people floating on the front, and a mountainous city below them
Image courtesy of @marvel on Instagram

Warning: limited spoilers

Marvel's Eternals arrived on the silver screen on Nov. 5, and since then, the internet has had several thoughts on its addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In this film, viewers are introduced to the Eternals, a group of immortal beings sent to Earth to protect humanity from the ever growing threats of deviants. Deviants are a race of hideous and near-immortal beings who feast upon humans. The Eternals consist of a team of 10: Ikaris, Sersi, Sprite, Thena, Makkari, Gilgamesh, Phastos, Druig, Kingo and Eros.

Garnering a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film has not received the kindest attention from MCU fans and critics alike. Unfortunately, I have to agree with this criticism. While I believe the film had interesting aspects to it, the plot was slow, the storyline often got convoluted with side characters and the humor was occasionally placed in some awkward places.

I did enjoy the character expositions of Thena and Sersi. Thena is a battle hardened warrior fighting the memories of thousands of years of wars and destruction. Despite the onset of the disease Mahd W’yry that is slowly driving her to unintentionally cause harm to the other characters, she remains one of the most dynamic characters in the series. Sersi was initially introduced as just another member of the team. However, after a series of unfortunate events, she is chosen to be the leader. As you watch the film, you see her love for humanity grow as she fights to protect it from the Emergence.

A big issue I have with this movie is that the true threat isn’t even presented to the audience until half way through. Up until the Emergence is explained, the audience is left thinking the deviants are the Eternals’ biggest threat.

One of the most notable parts of this film occured after the first set of credits. Without spoiling anything, I can say that a certain fandom may be very excited to watch this post-credit scene. However, after that scene be sure to stick around for another set of credits.

By Rachel Van Horne, Associate Editor


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