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First and most obvious, a question you’ve been pondering since you left the theater: How would I rank this among other Marvel movies?
Well, friends, I don’t like hate mail. So I’m not doing that. But I did place it on this Marvel movie matrix to help you understand our feelings.
“Eternals” is meant to be an introduction to a new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but unlike some of the other first films we’ve seen from Marvel (see: “Iron Man”), you would benefit from having some base knowledge before heading into this movie. (There’s references to the Blip, for example.)
Tonally, “Eternals” does not have the pure fun factor of a “Spider-Man: Homecoming” or “Guardians of the Galaxy,” so I’d measure expectations of that accordingly if anyone who hasn’t seen it yet plans to do so this week. And if you fall into that camp, stop reading after the graphic, because spoilers are ahead:
This is where we acknowledge that every topic of the Marvel kind is highly subjective. So you’re welcome to disagree on any of these placements. While you ponder your feelings, here’s some more “Eternals” buzz:
CNN’s Brian Lowry offered another thought in the Reliable Sources newsletter: “Tea-leaf readers analyzing the slightly below-expectations opening weekend of Eternals have cited various factors, but here’s another one to consider: With “Shang Chi” and now this latest expansion, the studio has rolled out two movies based on new characters, at a time when Disney+ has been presenting series based on familiar ones — ‘WandaVision,’ ‘The Falcon & the Winter Soldier,’ ‘Loki,’ and the upcoming ‘Hawkeye.’ The two media can obviously coexist, but people have been getting their Marvel fix of late somewhere other than at the movies. Also, the next wave of Marvel titles are mostly sequels, which should come to battle with more of a built-in following than these films based on comics from the 1970s.”
I’m not going to ask about the meaning of the mid-credit sequence or the end credit sequence because, frankly, there are Marvel experts discussing that in other corners of the internet. Here are some lesser thoughts plaguing me:
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