Marvel’s “Eternals” superhero ensemble is finally available to stream on Disney+.
The film was first released in theaters on November 5, 2021. Directed by Chloe Zang, the film features an A-list cast of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, and Deaf actress Lauren Ridloff.
According to the synopsis, the latest Marvel superhero movie features a new team of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ancient aliens who have been secretly living on Earth for thousands of years. The events of the film take place after “Avengers: Endgame” in the overall MCU timeline. When an old enemy known as the Deviants start attacking, the Eternals find themselves in a race against time to save the human race yet again.
The film grossed $164.8 million at the domestic box office, but how do the reviews stack up? Take a look!
What Do Critics Think Of Marvel’s ‘Eternals’?
Although many were impressed by the film’s star-studded cast, the superhero action flick is one of the lowest-rated in the Marvel franchise.
The film has a 48% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences rated the film a bit higher, at 71%.
Michael Blackmon of Buzzfeed News wrote, “Eternals is far from perfect, but it pushes the MCU into promising new territory….it feels like an amalgam of what Marvel does best – splendidly chaotic fight scenes, dazzling special effects, and stories that speak to who we are as human beings.”
Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press wrote, “The use of tendrils of light connecting the superheroes is impressive and the special effects at the end are truly mind-blowing, but the film is mostly saved by Nanjiani, whose humor and delivery makes him seem like he’s in another movie.”
Kylie Cheung of Salon.com wrote, “In many ways, what it means to be human is the central question that drives Eternals… But the movie’s dizzying star power and twisty backstories render it too clunky and overstuffed to concisely answer said central question.”
Wendy Ide of the Observer wrote, “For all the effort that has gone into ensuring representation in the casting, the storytelling, with its forced flashbacks and synthetic sentiment, lets the whole thing down.”
Peter Rainer of Christian Science Monitor wrote, “I don’t think Zhao should be chided for attempting a film so seemingly outside her comfort zone. No director should have to commit to a career of specialization. The only qualm I have about Eternals is that it’s not better.”
What Do Audiences Think Of Marvel’s ‘Eternals’?
After facing harsh reviews from critics, audiences found a bit more redemption in the film. However, many still criticized the lack of character development for such a large cast.
“Excellent Marvel cinematography!” one fan wrote. “However because there are so many characters to introduce in a short amount of time, you aren’t able to properly build attachments to the characters the way by the time the movie’s climax would expect you to.”
“Honestly for all the hype I thought I would love it as I love the Avenger series of Marvel Movies,” another wrote. “However, there are too many characters and you don’t really get to know them to feel a connection with them. To me, the movie lacks an emotional connection.”
“Really good movie,” one fan wrote. “A little slow developing but action scenes were very well done and the movie ended better than it started.”
“Wow. Just an awful movie,” another wrote. “The plot never made sense and it felt like they were so busy focusing on how to shove as much diversity into the movie to even worry about a cohesive storyline. Character development was awful. Avoid at all costs!”
“Honestly, this movie may get better in time but as a stand-alone in the MCU universe, it wasn’t a fun watch,” another shared. “The storyline was all over the place and somehow, despite the movie running 45 minutes longer than it needed to, it felt completely rushed and underdeveloped. Won’t watch this one again until more surrounding one-off movies support the Eternals storyline.”
“This movie had so much potential with a star-studded cast but the dialogue was incredibly cheesy and the plot line was all over the place,” another wrote. “It’s good to watch if you’re an MCU fan just for knowledge but I wouldn’t pay for it.”
Is it worth the price of a Disney+ subscription? Fans will just have to decide for themselves if Marvel’s “Eternals” is worth a watch!