Expanding over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, Eternals tells the story of immortal beings sent to earth by the Celestials to watch over but not interfere with humanity as they protect it from Deviants.
Directed by Academy award winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), who brings a unique style and story that separates itself from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eternals is the first MCU film to not feature any already established character from the MCU but still lets you know it is a part of it, by name dropping Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Dr. Strange and Thanos.
Eternals is accompanied by an all star cast with the likes of Salma Hayek as Ajak the leader of the Eternals and mother like figure and healer. She also serves as the bridge to the Celestials. Richard Madden as Ikaris or the MCU superman, has the ability to fly, shoot cosmis beams from his eyes and super strength. Gemma Chan as Sersi, can manipulate inanimate objects through touch and eventually becomes the new leader. Kumail Kingo can project comis energy through his hands, and becomes a Bollywood star. Lia McHugh as Sprite the illusionist Eternal who is stuck with the appearance as a child. Don Lee as Gilgamesh, an Eternal with a deep connection to Thena, Angelina Joli, who is able to conjure cosmic energy weapons. Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, the tech and weapons inventer, and the first openly gay hero in the MCU. Berry Keoghan as Druig, who can control the minds of others. Then Lauren Ridloff as Markkari, the speedster who is also the first deaf MCU hero. With Kit Harrington rounding the main cast as Dane Whitman who will become Black Knight. With a mid-credit surprise cameo with Harry Styles as Starfox aka Thanos’ brother. And voice cameo in the end credit scene by Mahershala Ali as Blade.
Compared to the Avengers the Eternals actually felt like a family and not just co-workers. You could generally feel the love between them. I especially liked watching Gilgamesh and Thena, and Druig and Markkari interactions because there was pure love for both duos. Proving to be the standouts of the film, honestly wish we would’ve gotten more of them. The Eternals also has the first, very tame, sex scene in the MCU.
Eternals did a great job of setting the plot to seem like it was going in one direction then switching with a plot twist with the betrayal of an Eternal. I saw this coming but I thought it was gonna be a different Eternal to betray them. The Eternals gave us the MCU’s biggest threat yet.
However Eternals was filled with a lot of characters so some underdevelopment for some was a given and probably would have benefited with being a two parter. The use of the Deviant Kro as a subplot felt unnecessary as he should’ve been utilized more a main villain rather than a side villain, and aside from the occasional choppy CGI, which is expected, Eternals is a solid film that does a great job combining Chloe Zao’s style with the MCU formula. It was highly enjoyable and a solid addition.
ETERNALS now playing in theaters