Monthly Marvel: Eternals Disappointing Marvel Fans


Kaz and Ryan’s original meeting with Marvel was about “the original gods who roamed the earth” and the “superhero mythology” is the basis for the Eternals characters. (Credit: Marvel Studios)

Morandi Lawrence, Staff Writer

Eternals is Marvel’s newest movie out and many people have been looking forward to this for years. Unfortunately, it got a 47 percent on rotten tomatoes. People were very disappointed by what Marvel had brought to the table but also others were thrilled by what they had watched. To me this movie wasn’t anything special and was just a typical sci-fi movie.  

The diversity of the cast of “Eternals,” which includes Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, and Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf, is one of the show’s best qualities. The Eternal played by Henry, Phastos, is gay and married to a man named Ben (played by Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman), a fact that has apparently led to the film’s ban in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Even so, this news article implies something that the film does not: that diversity and identity mean different things to different individuals in different periods and places, including the various eras and locales represented in the film. Zhao’s film ignores what the Eternals’ identities mean to them, as well as their experiences in the many places they’ve visited. 

Memory only appears in a bizarrely negative form in the film: an Eternal named Thena (Angelina Jolie) is crippled, almost insane by an overabundance of memory, rendering her practically unsuited for the group’s task. However, there is no comparable concern about the consequences of a memory impairment, which is a considerably greater threat in today’s political environment. Regardless of Zhao’s (and Marvel’s) intentions, “Eternals” is a parade of inexperienced faces, a film that travels across history but returns empty-handed. 

My favorite character in this film had to be Makkari. She was the most interesting character to me, and I liked how her “power” was speed, just like the flash. She was super powerful but also fragile. Her and Druig had a relationship going on which was cute and she helped him be more himself again, its like she was his soft spot in a way. Overall, I would rate this movie a 6/10 just because I didn’t really find anything special about it and Marvel could’ve a much better job in making it more interesting.