CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Review: Eternals (2021)

Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals takes the MCU into darker and more mature waters. Whilst some would argue Eternals is a late replacement for the failed Inhumans experiment, never the less it shall be judged on its own merit.

The film opens in 5000 BC where we meet the ten superpowered Eternals—Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Druig (Barry Keoghan), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), and Thena (Angelina Jolie). These Eternals are sent to Earth by the Celestial Arishem (David Kaye) to protect it from the invading Deviants. The Eternals remain on Earth till the present day initially protecting Earth from the Deviants then once they killed them all in the 1500’s, start to carve out their own lives whilst awaiting for Arishem to call them home. The one rule they must follow is to not interfere in any human affairs unless Deviants are involved.

Jumping to modern day London, we reunite with Sersi and Sprite who now live together. It is revealed that Ikaris and Sersi were once a couple but split up over five hundred years ago and nowadays Sersi is dating Dane Whitman (Kit Harington). One night they are attacked by a Deviant named Kro (Bill Skarsgård) and just as all seems lost Ikaris appears and saves the day and Kro escapes.

With the return of the Deviants, it seems as good time as any for the Eternals to reunite but upon travelling to South Dakota they discover that Ajak, their leader has been murdered by Kro (before he went to London), gaining her healing powers in the process. The Eternals must deal with the loss of their leader and the fallout from that as well as discover the true purpose of their mission on Earth!

Now Eternals is exposition heavy at times and younger viewers may be a bit lost, but that is not always a bad thing. For all those that complain about “cookie cutter” Marvel movies there is a lot more to get your teeth into here. Zano’s cinematography adds a lot to the movie’s appeal with the various settings emphasising the unique relationships between the various Eternals.

As I mentioned, this is a different kind of Marvel movie and I think it will split audiences. Personally, I feel its biggest weakness is its length. For some 157 minutes will be too much to invest in a “superhero movie” but with that said you do get a big pay off and a clear vision of where the MCU is heading. Reflecting back, it is the mid and end credits scenes that leave me the most excited from this movie and again shows the huge visions Marvel has for the MCU’s future. That does not mean Eternals is just a set up movie though, far from it.

Verdict: 7 /10. A well laid out movie that sets the stage for the future of the MCU. Some will love it, some wont but to me it introduces a whole new element to the MCU and raises expectations of what to expect from a Marvel movie. It left me wanting more and I can’t wait to see how these storyline threads are picked up.

Related Posts
The Marvels #1

After being pushed back for over a year due to global events The Marvels has finally arrived! From the team of Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City) and artists Yilidiray Cinar Read more

Synopsis revealed for Marvel’s Inhumans

Marvel Entertainment and ABC have officially released the synopsis for the upcoming Marvel’s Inhumans:   “After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Read more

Review: The Tomorrow War (2021)

Chris McKay's The Tomorrow War delivers an interesting concept with regards to time travel movies. As the movie begins it is December 2022 and we are introduced to biology teacher Read more

Review: The Suicide Squad (2021)

James Gunn's soft reboot of The Suicide Squad has finally arrived and let's be honest it wasn't hard to beat the initial version (be it a studio hack job or Read more

Review- What If…? Ep. 1: Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?

So Marvel's What If...? has finally arrived. The idea behind it being that following the creation of the multiverse in Loki's first season finale, we now get to explore, through the eyes of Read more

Review- Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 5: The Forge at the Forest Forever

Picking up directly from the end of Episode 4, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 5: The Forge at the Forest Forever reveals that Prince Adam's sacrifice led to his Read more

Review- Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 4: Land of the Dead

Following directly on from Episode 3, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 4: Land of the Dead sees our heroes entering  Subternia - the Land of the Dead! Once inside Read more

Review- Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 3: The Most Dangerous Man in Eternia

In Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep.3: The Most Dangerous Man in Eternia, Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Andra (Tiffany Smith), and Evil-Lyn (Lena Headey) are looking for new allies to Read more

Review- Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 2: The Poisoned Chalice

Following on from the events of Episode 1, Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is now working as a mercenary alongside her friend Andra (Tiffany Smith). They retrieve the Glove of Globolah from Read more

Review- Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 1: The Power of Grayskull

He-Man is back! Kevin Smith's continuation of the original series picks up some years later but initially remains the Eternia we all remember. Soon though it becomes clear that the Read more

Review- Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021)

Director Leigh Janiak is back with Fear Street Part Two: 1978, and following the events of Part One we now go into the past of Shadyside and Sunnyvale in Part Read more

Review- Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021)

Following on directly from Part Two, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 begins with Deena (Kiana Madeira) reuniting the severed hand of Sarah Fier (Elizabeth Scopel) with the rest of her Read more

Review- Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021)

Based on the Fear Street book series by R.L. Stine, Leigh Janiak's trilogy opener Fear Street Part One: 1994 stars Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Read more

Review- Brand New Cherry Flavor Ep. 2: Hair of the Dog

Brand New Cherry Flavor Ep. 2: Hair of the Dog follows on directly from the end of Episode 1 with Boro (Catherine Keener) telling Lisa (Rosa Salazar) that in order Read more

Review- Brand New Cherry Flavor Ep. 1: I Exist

Brand New Cherry Flavor opens in the dead of night (not too dissimilar to Lost Highway) and introduces us to Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar) who is driving back to L.A. Read more

Realm of Kings

From Dan Abnett, WAR OF KINGS leads to new adventures for the Inhumans, the Imperial Guard, the Son of Hulk and Quasar! In the final confrontation of the War of Kings, Read more

Preview: The Faculty (Bluray)

The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and starring Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Shawn Hatosy, Laura Harris, Famke Janssen, Usher Raymond, Robert Patrick, Bebe Neuwirth, Piper Laurie, Salma Hayek, and Jon Stewart. In Read more

Preview: Inhumans – Attilan Rising #1

There’s a rebellion brewing on Battleworld. Stretching far and wide into every dominion across the strange, patchwork realm, underground revolutionaries prepare for the uprising. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce INHUMANS: Read more

Operation: Galactic Storm

Operation: Galactic Storm begins in Captain America #398 (March 1992) with the kidnapping of Rick Jones by Shi'ar agents intent on recovering Kree artifacts to aid them in the construction of Read more

Official synopsis for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 4 released

In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team were driven more than ever to put an end to Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: