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Eternals (2021)

Eternals (2021)




Gemma Chan

Richard Madden

Kumail Nanjiani

Lia McHugh

Brian Tyree Henry


Directed by Chloé Zhao


I may have taken longer than other to finally see this movie, but in the end, I am glad I did. The movie is as bad as many make it out to be. Although I enjoyed having new characters in the MCU to deal with. Now dimension to stories and welcome the dynamic of characters Marvel have woven for themselves, but this movie felt lifeless and easily forgettable.

The cast in this Eternal movie are a strong one and the merging of their talents is what really keeps the movie going. I loved the cinematography and the lightning effects of this movie, there are to admire and probably for many other movies to emulate and the fight scenes were cool.

The sad thing is the story. Although the movie is not a total train wreck, I cannot with a good conscience say it is as great as the other movies before it. It is not my least favourite MCU movie, that battle for me is between Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), but it is up there as one of those movies I will not want to see again. That said, the story in my view over complicated itself with betrayals and killing some characters which I felt didn’t need to happen.

Eternals is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Chloé Zhao who also worked on the screenplay.

The movie has a lot of flash backs, and it shows us the place of the Eternals in the cosmic look of things. What their role is in the shaping of worlds and how come we do not see them often moving about. After watching the earth grow for centuries, an old threat seems to have returned stronger and more devious. The Eternals must come out from hiding to defeat this threat. The challenge for them is their leader who has been killed. The new nominated Eternal set to lead, does not know how to manage the situation. She is cut between doing what she was created to do and saving humanity.

While this is going on there is betrayal in their ranks and that took a new turn as they have already lost some Eternals to this battle. How they will handle the traitor and top the coming end of the world while going against their purpose is waiting for you to see when you see this movie.

The movie then ends with two post credit scenes. One hinting on the possible future if Disney/Marvel want to make another Eternals movie, which based on this I think, maybe not. The second opening the door to a new character in the MCU.

Eternals has its place in the MCU list of movies, but I believe there was a drop in class and story, something that has been prevalent in this set of Marvel movies in this Phase four, with only Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) breaking the bond.


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