Eternals premiered in Los Angeles on Monday evening and although the embargo on the review is but to be lifted, critics have taken to Twitter to share their first reactions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
Directed by Oscar-winning Chinese director Chloé Zhao, Eternals is MCU’s twenty sixth film and introduces an ensemble of actors into the superhero universe. These embody Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
Taking to Twitter, Erik Davis from Fandango known as Eternals ‘spectacularly weird and rich’. He tweeted, “Marvel’s #Eternals is spectacularly weird & rich w/ a new MCU mythology that makes it feel separate from everything else. It’s honestly refreshing. There’s a bittersweetness to the film that you feel in its sunset shots – a definite Chloé Zhao touch. It is soulful & thoughtful.”
Scott Menzel, the founder of We Live Entertainment, in contrast the film with Zack Snyder’s imaginative and prescient for Justice League. “Eternals is Marvel’s version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. A film that builds upon a cast of unknown characters and does so with great success. Chloé Zhao direction is superb. Easily one of the best looking Marvel films of all time. Insane post credits scenes too,” he mentioned.
Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter mentioned, “#Eternals , wow! A lot to unpack. If Marvel movies are a Venn diagram — variations within that overlap — this movie is off the charts. Hands down the most different of any of their films.”
Comicbook.com’s Brandon Davis tweeted, “#Eternals is a whole lot of movie. It’s shot with a massive scope, looking visually different (and more intimate) than anything else Marvel. It has laughs, great surprises, and heart to go with the gigantic, crowded story it unpacks. Chloé Zhao has a really unique visual stamp.”
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Eternals releases in India on November 5, a day after Diwali. The film would be the second Marvel film to launch in India after the pandemic started.