- Release Date: Nov. 5, 2021
- Directed by Chloé Zhao
- Cast: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie
Eternals is one of the most polarizing Marvel movies of all time. Some fans liked Eternals a lot, while others struggled to understand what they were watching, considering it felt different than basically every MCU movie. Eternals focuses on a whole new group of "heroes" or defenders of Earth against beings known as Deviants.
From a story, performance, and cinematography perspective, Eternals actually works well for me! I almost didn't include it on this list because of how often this movie's carcass has been picked over by the vultures. I feel like I had to include it, though, because it just feels like this story could be better.
On one hand, this story is interesting, and as a fan, I'm interested in all of these new characters. This movie, visually, is one of the most stunning of the MCU. And yet, I think there are some clear issues with the pacing, how these characters are introduced, and how this story plays out.
I'm a huge fan of Chloé Zhao, and I'm not hating on this movie at all! As I mentioned, I really enjoyed elements of Eternals. My biggest complaint with the Eternals is how disconnected it feels from the rest of the MCU. It looks different. Tonally, it's different. I understand the vision (I think), but it's okay to say that Eternals would have been much better if it felt, looked, sounded, and matched the tone of other MCU movies that came before it. For how good of a cast this is, it feels like they maybe weren't utilized the best way either.