“The Eternals” is a new journey for the MCU

Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” premiered on Nov. 5, 2021. The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, otherwise known as the MCU, takes viewers on a wildly different journey than previously experienced.

Phase four of the MCU has focused on the multiverse aspect since the events that followed “Avengers: Endgame.” With shows such as “WandaVision,” “Loki” and upcoming movies like “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness;” the audience is exposed to the vastness and different universes that are to be explored.

However, “Eternals” takes the MCU to the beginning of everything. “Eternals” is the first movie to date back to 5000 B.C., where the Eternals arrive on Earth to help save humans from the deviants. The Eternals were placed on Earth by the Celestials who are the creators of the Universe to fight the deviants.

After the defeat of the deviants, the Eternals were tasked to stay until their Celestial, Arishem the Judge, tells them otherwise.

From the trailers and watching the film, viewers can speculate that this is not your typical Marvel movie. It’s not about a character who’s made a superhero and fights against the villain. It’s about heroes being displaced from their original planet and put to Earth to save it, and the action is not on how they fulfill their purpose but on why they are there in the first place.

The film stars ten main characters, the Eternals. Most of their names seem to allude to mythological figures, with scenes that reference their names and cinematography at its highest quality.

As you watch the film, the computer-generated imagery is excellent for most of the movie. The choreography however seems a little unrealistic at times. The problem with “Eternals” though, is that the many characters it stars are not valued on the same level.

With any piece of story there are side characters, but the way that the Eternals were portrayed felt like ten main characters that did not have the same emphasis. While there are main protagonists and antagonists, telling the audience how to feel gave the movie a flat feeling.

Meaning that you have ten main characters that are supposed to be a family, but you never see that because some characters are not as present as others. This creates a force effect of telling the audience how they should view the Eternals and yet do not show it.

The directing aspect of how the story was told tried to captivate viewers. For some, the flashbacks were confusing, but including them gave the film the feeling that not everyone knows what is happening; neither the audience nor the characters knew everything.

This effect created suspense for the plot twist, but there was no constant flow. The movie tries to adapt this constant building of suspension to keep the audience watching, but there were so many cliffhangers. Not only that, the two post-credit scenes just added to the original cliffhangers of the film.

Personally, I feel this movie should not have been released at this exact time as it only makes the connections to the overall storyline more confusing, but I’d rate it a 7/10.