Popcorn Picks: Marvel’s “Eternals” proves to be nothing like any movie the MCU has ever seen.


“Eternals” grossed an estimated $71 million domestically in its opening weekend.

**Spoilers Ahead**

Marvel’s “Eternals” premiered on November 5, and it is unlike any other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie I have ever seen. This film offered a completely new look and style to the traditional superhero movie.
The cast of this movie was the most diverse the MCU has ever had and every actor played their role very well. In addition, this movie focused more on its theme of ‘love vs loyalty,’ rather than just random fight scenes. While the fight scenes were amazing in this movie, the difference between this movie and other Marvel movies is that the fight scenes were all used to connect the story and characters.
As stated, the cast of this movie is amazing, and they all gelled so well together. I was pleased to see such a unique team of new heroes that many people may not have heard of before on the big screen. Each character had different abilities that ranged from enhanced strength and speed to flight and even healing. On top of all of this, the costume designer, Sammy Sheldon, did an amazing job of creating the Eternals suits.
Another great aspect of this film was the way it looked. I knew going in that the movie was going to look amazing due to director Chloé Zhao’s previous work, but I have never seen an MCU movie look this beautiful. Each location looked so unique and the colors popped when they needed to, but stayed subtle in tense moments. The city of Babylon in the movie really stood out to me when I first saw it. Overall, the cinematography was phenomenal.
The plot of this movie was also unlike any other MCU film. The conflict arrives when Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), and Ikaris (Richard Madden) find Prime Eternal Ajak (Salma Hayek) dead at her home on Earth. Sersi takes over as Prime Eternal and finds out why they were sent to Earth by Arishem, a celestial, a very powerful cosmic being. It turns out that they were sent to Earth so that a new celestial can be born and then destroy the planet so new planets and universes can be created. Here is where the theme really comes in. Each Eternal has to deal with the battle of ‘love vs loyalty’ in some way.
As per every Marvel movie- besides “Endgame”- “Eternals” had two credit scenes. During the mid-credit scene, we get introduced to Thanos’ brother Eros, played by Harry Styles. I am very intrigued to see where his character goes in the future.
However, I think that final post-credit screen may have been even more interesting. This scene showed Dane Whitman (Kit Harrington) revealing the Ebony Blade, a weapon famous in the comics with Whitman’s character, The Black Knight. What made this scene even more interesting was the voice heard in the background. While no one was revealed, I knew the voice immediately upon hearing him speak. It was Mahershala Ali, who was cast as Blade in upcoming MCU projects. This is really exciting. More new characters keep being introduced in the MCU and I cannot wait to see where many of them pop up in the near future.
Overall, I thought this was one of the best movies in the history of the MCU. I think the storyline and characters were perfect and there was never a minute where I was not on the edge of my seat. I am super excited to see where the Eternals or Celestials pop up next because I think it will be sooner than “Eternals 2”. I can potentially even see them appearing in either “Thor: Love and Thunder”, releasing in 2022 or “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, releasing in 2023.
10/10 kernels. A must watch if you are an MCU fan.
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