CFNN Reporter Alexis Fowler
When people think of the Marvel cinematic universe, they think of movies filled with action, humor and heart. Eternals is the latest project in the MCU series, and fans were expecting the same movies to which they have become accustomed for years; however, the controversy surrounding the movie shows that no one got what they were expecting.
The Eternals puts the focus on new characters and a new story, but set in a familiar world. The movie begins by introducing 10 new characters into the universe. The immortal characters are, Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Druig (Barry Keohan), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Makkari (lauren Ridloff) and finally, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry).
Introducing all of these characters at once makes it difficult to connect to characters and become attached. This lack of connection between the audience and the characters leaves viewers disinterested. Though all of the characters needed to be introduced, it would have been better for a few of them to have their own story first. By establishing interest in even one character beforehand, it would have been easier to love the other ones.
Despite the fact that the characters are hard to connect to by the end of the movie, audiences are able to understand them. The characters really care about each other and the wellness of the planet. They have their differences, but they are good at heart. They have trouble being established, but they all possess good character qualities.
Another issue is the action in the movie. The movie was filled with action but there isn’t necessarily a bad guy. Of course there are bad guys, but they lack a presence that gives them the true bad guy persona everyone is so used to. There is no one as evil as Thanos in this movie, which causes this movie’s evil villains to pale in comparison to other more iconic villains in the MCU.
Even though the bad guys weren’t the best villains, they did make for incredibly interesting fight scenes. An exciting turn of events even portrays one of the female characters as the strongest fighter in the final fight. Throughout the movie, everyone believes the strongest character is one of the males; seeing him shown up by a female character was an important moment.
On a positive note, the movie was extremely inclusive. The casting choices were wise because it represented all types of people. The most notable choice was to cast Lauren Ridloff as Makkari. The deaf actress brings a new level of inclusion to the marvel film. Through sign language the deaf community was included into this marvel film more than any before.
Despite the issues with feeling connected, the director Chloe Zhao does an excellent job of telling the story. The story wasn’t an easy one to tell in only two and a half hours, but Zhao did it well. Fans have noticed this, and despite the fact that critics aren’t a fan of this movie, the audience sure seems to be. Fans have given the movie 80% on Rotten tomatoes, which is a much higher rating than Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel had a high critical rating, but not a high rating when it came to the fanbase.
If we are being honest, the rating that really matters is the fans. The movie is still in the lead at the box office ahead of newer movies, which proves fans enjoy the movie. Whether the audience likes the action, the story, the romance, (or Harry styles in the movie for two minutes), the movie holding onto its number one spot is extremely important for the future success of the franchise.
The Eternals is a good movie with a good plot line. The issue people are having isn’t with the movie itself, it’s with the idea that Marvel movies all need to be the same. As long as people watch the movie with an open mind, ready for a new type of Marvel movie, then it’s an excellent movie that you should watch. If you are going to watch the movie expecting the old Marvel, you will leave the movies disappointed. Try to remain open minded, so we can all learn to love the new era of Marvel.