First Glance: “Eternals”

Marvel Studios seems prepped and ready for their next big box office blitz. “Black Widow” finally hits theaters in July. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” arrives in September. And then you have November’s “Eternals”, the star-studded superhero ensemble film co-written and directed by recent Oscar winner Chloé Zhao. That peculiar mix of filmmaker and material is enough to make me want to see the film. But outside of that I’m having a hard time getting excited for this particular MCU installment.

The new teaser trailer gives us just a glimpse of what this $200 million blockbuster has in store for loyal MCU followers. It’s great seeing Gemma Chan have such a prominent spot in the clips we get. We also see Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayak, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Barry Keoghan, and others. We learn practically nothing about this secret team of immortal protectors, but we do get to see them all costumed up. I figure that will be enough for the multitude of Marvel die-hards, but I found it to be surprisingly generic. In fairness it is just a teaser. But I need more than famous faces in spandex.

“Eternals” hits theaters November 5th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

14 thoughts on “First Glance: “Eternals”

  1. Seriously, this looks gorgeous and whoa… I have no idea who the Eternals are since I’m not a comic reader but the way the MCU introduced the Guardians of the Galaxy to the world and made us love them in an instant. I can totally believe they will do the same and then some. Chloe Zhao is definitely going to become a filmmaker that will maintain the brilliance that is cinema. How can anyone not root for this film? Not just for the cast but the idea of people who live eternally.

    I honestly think the slate of films from this upcoming phase in the MCU isn’t just going to be the strongest but also a platform for filmmakers to showcase their strengths. Cate Shortland, Destin Daniel Cretton, Zhao, Jon Watts, Sam Raimi, Taika Waititi, Nia DaCosta, and Peyton Reed. Seriously, who wouldn’t want that line-up of filmmakers to work with?

    • Interesting. I really like Zhao and hope she does something great with a movie that’s so different than what she has excelled at. I thought there were a couple of good shots and I really like Gemma Chan. But the trailer really didn’t much for me other than leave me hoping the next one is better.

      To be honest I’m interested in this next phase but not necessarily excited. I like a lot of the filmmakers but I’m not as into the characters. We’ll see though. I’m hoping to be surprised.

  2. I recall the comic with Kirby and thought it was pretty bland except for the art. So I was surprised when this movie was announced. After seeing this teaser I can say right now, hard pass. It didn’t intrigue me at all and looked like you said very generic MCU fair. Maybe something will change my mind with a better trailer in the future but little excitement for this at all. This phase of the MCU roll out I think will be a bit hit and miss.

  3. Cannot wait for this, I think the movie will have a different tone than the all action sort of movie like you have seen with some of the other films.

    • I hope it’s good. I just wasn’t as swept away by the trailer as I hoped to be. And how do you have a trailer and not mention it’s directed by Chloe Zhao who is only a few weeks removed winning an Oscar? I thought that was kinda crazy.

  4. Since I have not been watching nearly as much superhero-centric stuff in the last year I think I’m ready for another big battle on screen. I mean I can say i have had my fill too, but this is a chance for me to learn about a new group of characters. Like what happened with me and Guardians of the Galaxy.

  5. Honestly it’s still so nuts to me that Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek are freakin’ SUPERHEROES NOW. I was all in with Chloe Zhao directing, but I’m kinda surprised that her award-winning success isn’t part of the marketing? Seems like a no-brainer as studios are quick to tag “Oscar winning” as a selling point. Then again, it’s just a teaser– one for a set of characters that not many people are familiar with so… one trailer can only do so much. I’m with ya, maybe the next trailer will wow us.

    • Yes! I just mentioned that to someone else. How does Zhao not even get a mention in the trailer only weeks removed from a historic Oscar win? That’s a baffling oversight or decision.

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