“Eternals”: Marvel’s biggest movie…or biggest mistake?

Critics weren’t fans of the anticipated Eternals project, making it the worst-performing Marvel movie to date

Tra'Sean Nichols, Arts & Culture Writer

Marvel’s biggest movie since “Endgame” takes to the big screen with the “Eternals” premiere on November 6. Following big cinematic successes of “Black Widow” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the expectations of this film were set high in the fandom.

Directed By Oscar winner Chloe Zhao, “Eternals” spans over a time period of seven thousand years making it marvel’s most ambitious project yet. It follows the characters, Sersi, Ikaris, Thena, Sprite, Gilgamesh, Druig, Kingo, Makkri, Phastos and their leader Ajak as they protect the Earth against the Deviant race. They eventually defeat the Deviants and are allowed to split up and live their lives freely. Years later, a resurgence of Deviants (even more powerful than the last time) appears which leads to the characters reforming the team as they try to navigate what they need to do next while revealing secrets not only about each other but their origins in the process.

Although this is Marvel’s most ambitious project to ever reach the big screen, it received the lowest rating out of any Marvel production. With a rating of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, critics were not pleased with the newest edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Top Rotten Tomatoes critic Claudia Piug describes the production with the following, “At a glacial pace of two hours and 37 minutes, the movie occasionally feels eternal, and it sags under that weight.”

“Eternals” was promising. It had an amazing and talented cast, each of the members coming straight from big projects like the “Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.” It also featured big milestones for Marvel by having a deaf superhero, and one in an open LGBTQ+ relationship. It is apparent in this film that Marvel is progressing with the representation of groups their fans have been pestering them about for years. Although it made history in the MCU it struggled in maintaining a watchable pace. Marvel has proved that they can handle complex pacing in movies as they did with “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” which gave a slight feeling that they were lazy when writing the script.

Personally, I don’t agree that Eternals deserved a 48% rating that critics gave them. It gave a lot in terms of representation in the MCU and a sense of maturity. Visually, the film was amazing. It contains shots and visual effects that I have only seen done well in that movie. The scenery and action shots that they got throughout the film were breathtaking.

I do however agree with the critics on the slow feeling of the movie. I understand how it went back and forth in time to give the context of the backstory, but at some points, it felt like that concept was dragging the movie along. I wanted to focus on what was happening now, not what happened some few thousand years ago.

Overall, “Eternals” had a fair share of good and bad moments. Although it didn’t receive the best rating, I would still fully recommend it for anyone planning on seeing it. It has amazing visuals and plot twists that will leave you wanting more.