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The first reactions to Marvel's newest entry in the MCU have arrived — and it's clear Eternals might be the most unique film the franchise has seen so far.
EW deputy editor and creative director Tim Leong noted how the film feels different than previous MCU fare and that it's "epic in scope, bursting with emotion, features so many beautiful moments, and is full of breathtaking imagery."
Chloe Zhao's #Eternals feels different than any other Marvel film so far. It's epic in scope, bursting with emotion, features so many beautiful moments, and is full of breathtaking imagery. pic.twitter.com/rZBYvz5dgN
— tim leong (@timleong) October 19, 2021
EW director of audio and social Chanelle Berlin said that the movie, which marks the 26th film in the franchise, "really surprised me in ways, delighted me, and also made me tear up at one point, so get ready to go through a variety of feelings."
#Eternals really surprised me in ways, delighted me, and also made me tear up at one point, so get ready to go through a variety of feelings. And then the credits signal some more VERY exciting Marvel adventures ahead.
— chanelle berlin (@chanelleberlin) October 19, 2021
Writer Laura Sirikul called the film "cinematically beautiful" and "like its own universe." Additionally, she brought attention to the fact that the movie — which introduces all-new characters and tells a more cosmic-oriented story —deals with a lot of new mythology but that "they do such a great job to process it all."
Just got out of #Eternals. I've never been so invested in a story. It was cinematically beautiful. I was engaged the entire time. There's a lot to ingest but they do such a great job to process it all. This feels so different from the MCU, like it's own universe. I loved it.
— Lauraaaahhh!!! A Ghost! ลอร'า 劳拉 (@lsirikul) October 19, 2021
Erik Davis of Fandango called the introduction of the new mythology "honestly refreshing" and that it was easy to see director Chloé Zhao's stamp all over the film, particularly in the atmospheric way the movie was shot.
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
Hollywood Reporter writer Brian Davids also praised Zhao's work, writing "the highest compliment I can pay it is that it's not a Marvel movie, it's a Chloé Zhao movie."
— Brian Davids (@PickYourBrian) October 19, 2021
Steven Weintraub of Collider touched on how Marvel always finds new and fresh ways to tell their stories. "Story surprised me with some of the twists and turns," he wrote, also teasing Marvel's famous post-credit scenes with a clapping, thumbs up, and fire emoji. (We're still trying to figure that one out!)
My favorite part of Marvel movies is how they consistently manage to find new ways to tell their stories. #eternals is beautifully shot & looks very different than previous MCU films. Story surprised me with some of the twists & turns. The 2 after the credits scenes are 👏👍🔥 pic.twitter.com/XUgxkBngeX
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 19, 2021
Eternals features a diverse and large cast, all of whom are making their MCU debuts. Rotten Tomatoes awards editor Jacqueline Coley said that Kumail Nanjiani's Kingo "provides the laughs" but Gemma Chan's Sersi "is the heart." She called Zhao's take on the MCU "only the beginning of what is possible" for the franchise's future.
After 25 films Chloe Zhao incredibly took the MCU in an entirely new direction w/ #TheEternals. The franchise is matured & this is only the beginning of what is possible.
An absolutely breathtaking & epic film where @kumailn provides the laughs but @gemma_chan is the heart.
— 🍅Jacqueline🍅 (@THATJacqueline) October 19, 2021
Insider's Kirsten Acuna also called Nanjiani's role "hilarious" and agreed that overall, the film is "probably the most shocking and surprising Marvel movie you'll see."
#Eternals is probably the most shocking and surprising Marvel movie you’ll see. Many twists and turns. Kumail Nanjiani Is hilarious in every scene. As always, stay to the VERY end. pic.twitter.com/Z3Hm6Vxznx
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) October 19, 2021
While pretty much all the reviews for Eternals were glowing, SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta offered a more cautious take. "I wish I had a glowing quick reaction to offer you but I'm left with more complex thoughts," he wrote, adding how sometimes Eternals felt like a DC film. (Although he made sure to note that wasn't a criticism.)
#Eternals is surprising, epic, beautiful yet dense. It takes some big swings, sometimes feels like a DC film (not a criticism), other times feels like no other superhero movie ever. I wish I had a glowing quick reaction to offer you but I’m left with more complex thoughts.
— Peter Sciretta (@PeterSciretta) October 19, 2021
WeLiveEntertainment's Scott Menzel also made a DC connection with his first reaction, calling the film "Marvel's version of Zack Snyder's Justice League." Chiming in as another positive voice for Zhao's vision, he claimed Eternals was "easily one of the best looking Marvel films of all time."
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. #Eternals pic.twitter.com/TbZlqPJxGQ
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) October 19, 2021
Eternals opens Nov. 5.
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