‘Eternals’ Review: Marvel Studios’ Most Underrated Film

Emily Slatzer, Staff Writer

Marvel Studios

Now that the Avengers are gone, Marvel Studios decided it was time to introduce a brand new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Eternals” is Marvel’s newest superhero flick released on November 5, 2021, which introduced ten new characters. 7,000 years ago, the Eternals – immortal heroes from a far away planet called Olympia – came to Earth. As explained by a character in the film, these immortals were instructed not to interfere with human conflicts, unless Deviants – monstrous, humanoid killers – were involved. After all, that was their original purpose on Earth; to eliminate all Deviants from the planet.

Marvel hired Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao (Best Director for “Nomadland”) to bring the story to the big screen. “Eternals” follows the structure of many Marvel movies before, by combining the genres of war, romance, and the “bring-the-band-back-together” trope. However, “Eternals” stands out from the rest of the franchise due to lovable characters, cinematography, and a beautifully-composed soundtrack. It does not deserve the hate it has received since even before the release.

Introducing ten brand new characters can be tough to execute in one film, but “Eternals” succeeded. Each new hero was individually introduced, and easily discernible from one another. The Eternals had their own separate personalities that made the audience fall in love with them as their own individual characters. They were written in a way that makes them seem real, with flaws and imperfections. Relatable characters and their development throughout the story is vital to an enjoyable movie, and Zhao excelled in this aspect.

Since each new Eternal was individually introduced, the feature starts out slow. However, since many fans were not familiar with the heroes prior to the film, in addition to a planned sequel, it was a necessity. Marvel needed to provide a history and background to each character to fully introduce them to the audience. Although “Eternals” had lots of dialogue and history, the film does a good job of breaking these scenes up through well-choreographed fight scenes and breathtaking cinematography.

One way “Eternals” stood out from other Marvel features is that it is shot differently. The majority of the picture was filmed at numerous real locations, mostly in the U.K., the U.S., and Spain. Filming at these locations is vital to stunning cinematography and creative shots.

To bring the entire film together post-production, composer Ramin Djawadi (“Game of Thrones”) created a captivating score that added the perfect finishing touch to each scene. The individual scores played during scenes fit well, such as a melancholy melody adding to the somber mood of a sad scene, or an intense theme over an action sequence that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats.

The cast and crew of “Eternals” came together to deliver an astonishing introduction to a new team of superheroes, yet it is over-hated by critics. Some argue that a pattern can be seen between the unnecessarily low ratings and the inclusion of a gay character. “Review bombers” – malicious groups seeking to pile on negative reviews – took to IMDb to post negative reviews ahead of the release. However, this isn’t the first time a Marvel movie has been review bombed. “Captain Marvel” is another feature that has been targeted prerelease, with reviewers claiming the film pushed the “feminist agenda.” Due to the overwhelming amount of trolls posting before the release on Rotten Tomatoes, the website changed its policy on the review feature to prevent review bombing in the future. Even though these trolls had no way of seeing “Eternals” when they made these posts, they still took to IMDb to spread their homophobia in a form of a movie review. Actor Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Kingo in the film, responded to the hate, stating, “Looks like we’re upsetting the right people. Eternals opens November 5th.” With many IMDb users appearing to be upset over the inclusion of a gay superhero, the site was forced to remove the audience rating section.

Although “Eternals” is one of the most underrated Marvel features to date, the combination of the talented cast and crew, cinematography, and soundtrack all piece together to make a remarkable film with content and production Marvel fans have never seen before. “Eternals” is a must-see, and something new fans can enjoy.