Lots of Marvel fans might have already seen the new Marvel Studios movie Eternals during its theatrical release — but if you haven’t seen the movie yet, and are considering giving it a try now that the movie has been released on Disney+, then here’s what to know when deciding if Eternals should be your Wednesday night movie pick!
First of all, this Marvel movie is absolutely suitable for anyone who is not intimately familiar with Marvel Studios movies, the latest films in the Marvel franchises, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Eternals does set up many things for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the team behind the movie has made it clear that it’s a movie with a lot of impact on future Marvel films, but it has real merit as a standalone film.
Ironically, it’s this movie’s standalone nature that can actually make it less appealing for Marvel viewers! The movie, which is about Celestials (immortal Eternals charged with protecting Earth throughout the centuries) and each individual Celestial’s use of his or her unique superpowers to save humanity throughout history, oftentimes feels more like a drama with a side of fantasy than it does a Marvel blockbuster movie.
The star-studded cast is just as eyecatching and entertaining as promised (particularly with Angelina Jolie playing Thena, Salma Hayek playing Ajax, English actress Gemma Chan playing Sersi, and Scottish actor Richard Madden playing Ikaris), but there’s a strong divide between the focus for the characters. If you have a favorite character who is not Sersi, Ikaris, or Sprite (played by Lia McHugh), then you might find yourself wishing they had more screen time.
The plot of the film does include some surprises, which is expected of a Marvel film, but overall the end result is somewhat underwhelming. The movie has received less-than-stellar reviews overall from critics and audiences, with many people finding that the movie is enjoyable but not amazing. Many people did not necessarily deem it worthy of a view in theaters — and since the fight scenes in Eternals do fall short compared to Avengers combat scenes or even fight scenes in the new series Hawkeye, seeing the movie on a big screen was not crucial.
Overall, Eternals is a fun, slightly off-brand movie from Marvel; it’s unlike other Marvel Studios films, which might actually draw people to it who wouldn’t normally watch anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but many Marvel fans might find themselves watching it only for the seeds it plants with characters like Dane Whitman (played by Kit Harington) and the surprise character played by Harry Styles. If you can take or leave Marvel storylines easily, then you might want to skip this film!