After the Eternals’ red carpet premiere, the first wave of non-spoiler reactions to the much-anticipated Marvel Studios’ blockbuster has arrived.
The first wave of non-spoiler Eternals reactions is finally here. Directed by Academy Award-winner Chloé Zhao, Marvel Studios is gearing up to introduce MCU’s newest superhero team in a couple of weeks. Known as the Eternals, they’re essentially immortals who were sent to Earth to protect humans from the Deviants.
Created by the Celestials, the heroes have been living alongside people for thousands of years. However, they were instructed to blend in and not meddle with any other human issues unless it’s related to their original mandate, hence why their existence is unknown. The MCU’s main Eternals team is composed of 10 members: Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Gemma Chan as Sersi, and Barry Keoghan as Druig. Initially, they operated as a single unit, but after a couple of centuries, they decided to part ways.
In Eternals, the titular characters need to band back together due to the looming Emergence. This mysterious MCU catastrophe was apparently kickstarted by Smart Hulk’s (Mark Ruffalo) reverse snap in Avengers: Endgame. As the newest superhero team to join the franchise, there’s a lot of anticipation for the blockbuster. And now, the initial reactions to the movie have made their way online. Check them out below:
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 pic.twitter.com/pIAFAyhJ4D
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) October 19, 2021
#Eternals is DENSE & I felt the weight of the exposition often. Movie’s at its best when the focus is on the Eternals recreating their family – the humor of it & the passion when they fight for each other and the things they love. Also, Angelina Jolie in the MCU is EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/rMJz0U2It2
— Perrinormal Activity (@PNemiroff) October 19, 2021
#Eternals is epic in every sense of the word. It’s a story that is more massive but simultaneously more down-to-earth than the MCU has ever been. The passion everyone involved had for this movie is present in every scene and it needs to be seen on the biggest screen you can find pic.twitter.com/CyyqPt9dfn
— Jack McBryan (@McBDirect) October 19, 2021
#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.
— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) October 19, 2021
Fresh off her Oscar win, Chloé Zhao doesn’t miss a step with Marvel’s #Eternals.
Eternals is one of the most visually stunning comic films we’ve seen. Zhao has a great eye for detail and we see that with her set pieces and character designs which pay homage to the comics (1/4) pic.twitter.com/v1kTln0udL
— Geek Vibes Nation (@GeekVibesNation) October 19, 2021
#Eternals is amazing! Chloé Zhao & company turn in an evocative, emotional, extraordinarily epic superhero film. The ensemble have great chemistry & all get big Movie Moments to showcase their prowess. The naturalism of Ben Davis’ cinematography spotlights characters’ humanity. pic.twitter.com/MjZ2VheJ56
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) October 19, 2021
Haven’t felt this giddy after a movie since The Avengers. Goosebumps. Incredible action, both planetary & interstellar and looks GORGEOUS. Most importantly, it feels like a live action anime! Can’t wait to talk about Makkari & Kingo! 😥Those end credits 🤯! #Eternals pic.twitter.com/htspR64EZM
— Jonas @ FilmNightCrew (@HowieBlingAEW) October 19, 2021
#Eternals is a total blast. A lot of material to cover but it is handled well. Can’t wait for people to see it. Of all the end credit scenes I’ve watched during a premiere, I’ve never heard the audience lose their minds as much as they did for this one. #eternalspremiere pic.twitter.com/LXxZXY8P1f
— Ashley Menzel (@AshleyGMenzel) October 19, 2021
Holy crap – Eternals is a freaking MASTERPIECE!!! Packed with adrenaline right from the start, but also filled with lots of heart & humor! So many MCU firsts!! Your mind will be BLOWN! Nods to comics but a totally unique story. Those end credits are GAME CHANGERS!! #Eternals pic.twitter.com/jKiMJukn4S
— Tessa Smith – Mama’s Geeky (@MamasGeeky) October 19, 2021
Looking at these initial reactions, it seems like Marvel Studios may have succeeded in introducing a brand new superhero team to the MCU. It’s worth noting that this is the first time the franchise is debuting a group of characters who have yet to appear in any previous project since James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Even compared to that, introducing the Eternals is much trickier, because there are a lot more characters. Despite this, Zhao seems to have found a way to efficiently establish them in the universe. Granted that it sounds like the movie spends quite a bit of time with expositions, that’s somewhat expected since Eternals opens up an entirely new pocket of the MCU. As with other movies and TV shows in the universe, the characters appear to be the standouts of the film, which is a good thing considering that they’re expected to play a pivotal role in the franchise moving forward.
Unlike previous screenings, however, Eternals‘ global premiere included the two post-credits scenes. There are currently no clues as to what they might be, but based on some of these early reactions, it could very well be franchise-changing. After all, why would Marvel Studios go the extra step to omit it from an earlier press screening of the movie? Another big takeaway from these social media posts is that Zhao didn’t strictly follow the MCU’s typical three-act storytelling format for Eternals. And because of that, it feels fresh and different from anything that came before it.
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