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Immortals bring new life to the MCU
A lot to take in during epic escapades
Eternals Cinemas ●●●●●
With the director of Nomadland on board, a diverse ensemble including Angelina Jolie (Thena), Gemma Chan (Sersi), Salma Hayek (Ajak) and Richard Madden (Ikaris) and the promise of expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) into new horizons, there is much to be excited about with Eternals.
Chloé Zhao, who also co-wrote the screenplay, was the perfect choice to helm an expansive tale of a race of immortal beings who have lived on Earth and shaped its history as they find themselves scattered across the globe.
Many of them are outsiders living life out of the limelight, like Frances Mcdormand’s Fern in Nomadland, until an ancient evil forces them to reunite.
The story addresses where the Eternals have been during the Avengers’ world-threatening escapades and why now is the time for their MCU bow.
There are some dazzling and dizzying sequences that reveal just how long the immortals have been plying their trade and there’s a lot to take in throughout the two-and-a-half hours – which sees it clock in as the second longest MCU outing after Avengers: Endgame.
Like the latter flick, the stakes are high and talk of overpopulation and extinction evokes memories of Thanos’ motivations; and feels fittingly prescient among the climate crisis currently being discussed and debated at COP26.
With its endless flashbacks and cavalcade of characters, Eternals isn’t your typical Marvel origin story and much like Shang-chi earlier this year, opens fresh new doors for the franchise.
It’s cool finally seeing Jolie and Hayek in the MCU and both ooze gravitas. Madden and Chan amount to more than just a romantic sub-plot, Lia Mchugh (Sprite) does nice work as an immortal who can never grow up and Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo) and Harish Patel (Karun) are heaps of fun.
The ending gets bogged down in a
little too much CGI but Eternals marks another exciting new world for the MCU to play in.
●What are your thoughts on Eternals? Are you excited about the future of the MCU?
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