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“Eternals” was largely overlooked, but it deserves more recognition for the sweet family centric movie it is


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Beautiful shots and a family centric story make up for “Eternals” box office flop for Marvel.

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor

“Eternals” is one of the more overlooked Marvel films, having only made $300 million in comparison to “Spider-Man: No Way Home”’s $1.69 billion. Featuring characters not many people know, and new story arcs that are unfamiliar to casual MCU fans, “Eternals” seemed to be somewhat of a box-office-bomb for Marvel. 

Though the movie didn’t do as well as it was projected to, it still has its charms and some spectacular moments that can grab viewers attention and hold it. The star studded cast is one of the more diverse Marvel casts to exist, featuring people of color, different sexualities, and a deaf character at the forefront of the film. 

The job of the Eternals is to aid in the creation of a celestial being, which will in turn create billions of lives across the universe. Through fighting Deviants, aiding in the evolution of the earth, and witnessing monumental events on the planet, the Eternals spend thousands of centuries nurturing the celestial called Tiamut, but things take an unexpected turn towards the end of the film. 

The 2 hour and 37minute runtime does come off as intimidating, and I will admit it did take me several installments to finish the film, but the length is just about the worst part of the film. Characters like Sprite and Sersi add a down to earth and sympathetic view to the film that makes it more enjoyable to watch. The Eternals are relatable in their own way, acting as a family that doesn’t always agree, but they demonstrate how even broken and separated families can work together to do amazing things. 

Both the music and visuals of this film work in a really interesting way. They use historic motifs with a modern twist that really emphasize how long the Eternals have been on Earth for. Even down to their costumes and speech patterns, the Eternals are ancient heroes that grew in a modern society. The locations are beautiful and change over the course of the film, much like the characters themselves, but they aren’t overwhelming nor do they take away from what’s going on in the story. The music is bold, stunning, and ever so fitting for the story. It aids in scene setting and tone changes in such a beautiful way, as music always should. 

Overall “Eternals” is a spectacular movie that should be given more recognition for what it is. It’s funny in all the right places, filled with suspenseful moments without coming off as too much, and full of heart, though the celebrity cameo in the mid credit scene wasn’t my favorite. The film opens up possibilities for future storylines yet manages to wrap up its own so well. It leaves viewers satisfied with what they just watched but still wanting more, and I think that’s the perfect way to end a movie such as this one. 

If you’re a fan of Marvel, watching this movie will likely be important when it comes to the overarching story of the MCU. Without it, future plotlines and events may not make sense and you might be digging yourself into a hole you can’t get out of if you miss it. And for more casual fans, this film is just a sweet story about family and discovering who you really are and I highly recommend it. 

“Eternals” is now streaming on Disney+