Movie Review: “Eternals”– An ambitious step for Marvel

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

The newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Eternals,” has gotten some mixed reactions and, even though I tried to go in as spoiler-free as possible, I was a little nervous. The movie itself is far from perfect, but I still think it is a good time.

“Eternals” is about the titular superhero team who came to Earth in 5000 B.C. ago to fight the alien species, the Deviants. Over 7000 years later, the Eternals deal with another swarm of deviants while protecting the Earth from impending doom. 

This plot, while it is good, is riddled with slow pacing and tons of exposition. “Eternals” is trying to introduce a lot of new characters and solely focus on them. Consequently, the movie is longer than “Avengers: Infinity War,” but not as long as “Avengers: Endgame.”

The new characters in this movie do put in some good work. This group reminds me of when we first saw the X-Men or Guardians of the Galaxy in film because each character has their own unique abilities.

“Eternals” also introduces some firsts for the MCU. First up is the speedy Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) , who is the first deaf superhero in the MCU. The second MCU first is the inventor Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), who is the first MCU superhero to be depicted as gay. 

The other standouts of the Eternals include Sersi, portrayed by Gemma Chan. She is the main protagonist of the movie, who can manipulate inanimate objects via touch. 

Another standout is Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), the funniest character of the bunch. He became a Bollywood actor to fit in on Earth. He is also accompanied by his manager, Karun (Harish Patel).

There are some other characters who appear in the mid credits and post credits scenes, but I will not spoil that surprise.

The other part of this movie that is great is the visuals. The special effects give the superheroes their power and bring other characters to life. Even the Eternals’ ship looks great, despite being a floating triangle.

“Eternals” is a lofty addition to the MCU, and I think it mostly paid off. If you can get past some of the issues with the plot, I think this movie is worth watching.

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