Critics slam Marvel Studios release of Eternals, some viewers disagree with negative ratings



Action — Marvel’s Eternals released on November 5 has received mixed ratings, poor feedback from critics, and generally positive reviews from other viewers. The film, with its fair share of popular actors, has a run time of 2 hours and 37 minutes, the second longest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Shannon Maye, Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 5 marked the release of Eternals in theaters, Marvel’s latest project and second to last movie hitting the big screen this year. Unlike most Marvel movies that tend to receive positive feedback from critics, this project has been a subject of overwhelmingly poor reviews.

The film officially gained the title of ‘the lowest rated Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie,’ despite an Oscar Winning Director Chloe Zhao and an allstar cast including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, and even a post credit cameo from Harry Styles. The movie earned 46 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, shockingly low for an MCU film that consistently lives up to their high standards.
“This is one of the more forgettable MCU movies, despite the direction of Oscar winner Chloe Zhao,” Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper said.

The film is about a group of immortal beings that each have their own unique powers. They were created to protect humans from deviants, monstrous creatures that can live for thousands of years. Following their final fight, they thought they killed all the deviants, so team leader Ajak set the group free, allowing them to separate and live their own lives. After secretly living on earth for thousands of years they discover a new generation of deviants and reunite to battle them again.

The movie has the second longest running time of all the MCU movies, only exceeded in length by Avengers: Endgame, and critics found this to be a downfall.

“At a glacial pace of 2 hours and 37 minutes, the movie occasionally feels eternal, and it sags under that weight,” FilmWeek critic Claudia Puig said.

Despite all of the criticism from reviewers, fans still seem to like the movie. According to Google, 79 percent of the users like the movie which is still a considerable amount.

“I saw Eternals for the first time yesterday night and am happy to report that the poor critics reviews are not actually representative of the film itself,” viewer Ryan Mistry said.

Opening weekend the film made 71 million dollars in the domestic box office. A disappointment in some eyes, but not far behind Marvel’s other big releases this year, Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings which made 75.4 million dollars, and Black Widow, which made 80.4 million dollars. The film has still reached the status of ‘number one in the world’ for two weeks in a row and counting.

“I appreciate this film so much. Don’t get the hate and negative reviews that some critics gave this movie at all. To me it is one of the best entries in the MCU to date,” fan Mark Bonjoc said.

The movie still has some ways to go before Marvel can officially say they’ve made a profit off of it as it reportedly had a budget of 200 million dollars. Eternals is accessible in 46 different countries across the globe including the United States, France, Mexico, South Korea, and England, available to watch on the big screen.