Earth's new mightiest heroes are here. We're, of course, referring to Marvel's new superhero flick "Eternals." Since we had our first major Asian superhero hit the big screen in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," we've been longing for more epic action and diverse characters! One of the main things we're looking forward to is all the new actors joining the MCU. We know that this star-studded cast is sure to bring the action this weekend. And we're here for it. So, to help you prepare, here are the 9 things to know before you watch "Eternals" this weekend in theaters.
Chloe Zhao is the Director and Screenwriter
Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zhao is at the forefront of this new chapter in the MCU. Not only as a director but also as a screenwriter. Zhao's complex approach to filmmaking may add an emotional depth to these new characters and to the narrative overall that we haven't seen before in Marvel movies. And we know that the look and feel is certain to venture outside the typical MCU formula. In an interview, Zhao said, "The way the camera moves in ‘Eternals,’ if you like ‘The Rider’ and ‘Nomadland,’ you’ll see the camera moves very similar. Even when it floats through space." So, it's fair to say we might expect more of an existential vibe from this one.
Based on the Marvel Comics by Jack Kirby
Before the big screen, the Eternals were brought to life by legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby in some early Marvel comics. They made their first appearance in July of 1976 in the Marvel comic "The Eternals #1." Kirby is responsible for many of the Marvel comics that the MCU films are based on like "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Ant-Man," "Thor: Ragnarok," etc. We're thankful that Kirby was able to visualize these characters in such a fantastical way. Now, we get to reap the benefit of seeing them come to life in theaters.
We're Getting a Ton of New Heroes
Throughout the MCU timeline, we've seen some pretty epic ensembles so far. There's when the Avengers first formed in the 2012 film. And then there's the battle of all battles we witnessed in "Avengers: Infinity War" and Avengers: Endgame." But we have to acknowledge that this film certainly wins the award for most new heroes being introduced in a Marvel film. The Eternals are like the Avengers except the fact that they've been a team since the beginning of time. They've been patiently waiting in the shadows watching over the Earth since mankind started. And yet, we're just finally getting to meet all of them right now. The Avengers watch over Earth. But the Eternals watch over the universe. And they all have some epic powers that you'll be excited to see.
Most Diverse Marvel Film to Date
With the plethora of new supers joining the fold also comes an abundance of diversity. After seeing how different and unique all of these new actors and characters are, we can say undoubtedly that this is by far the most diversity we've seen across all the MCU films so far. For example, deaf actress Lauren Ridloff plays Makkari, Marvel's first deaf superhero! Actor Brian Tyree Henry enters the MCU scene as Phastos, Marvel's first openly gay superhero. Actor Kumail Nanjiani will be playing Kingo, the first ever Pakistani Marvel superhero. The cast also includes British Asian actress Gemma Chan, Mexican actress Salma Hayek, Korean American actor Don Lee, and many others.
All the Eternals Receive Cosmic Energy from the Same Source
One of the things that we absolutely know about the Eternals is that they know how to be a true team. How do we know? Well, they all share their powers from the same cosmic energy source. Even though their abilities are vastly different, when they work as a team, they're in perfect harmony. They're considered the protectors of the Earth for a reason. And they can only operate effectively if they're working together. They receive their powers and orders from a higher being. And they do what is necessary to ensure that various planets in the universe continue to accumulate energy and function sustainably.
We'll Learn More About Celestials
The higher beings we mentioned are known as Celestials. We've been introduced to these entities briefly in the past MCU films "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." There's a short clip in the first film when the Guardians meet the Collector where we get a glimpse of a Celestial wielding a warhammer with the Power stone in it. And in the second film, do you remember which of the Guardians discovered that they were half human/half Celestial? Peter Quill aka Star-Lord is partially a Celestial since his father Ego was a Celestial. That's why at the end of the first film Quill didn't burst into flames when he grabbed the Power stone. Of the things to look out for in "Eternals," we know that there will be at least one Celestial running the show from behind the scenes.
The Emergence Has Begun
Another very important thing to know about "Eternals" is that there's a possibly catastrophic event in effect known as the Emergence. If you remember "Avengers: Infinity War," then you know that Thanos snapped away half the population. Thanks to the Avengers and powerful sacrifice of Iron Man, the population was brought back and Thanos was defeated in "Avengers: Endgame." We've come to learn that apparently when half of the population was brought back to life, this prompted the Emergence to start. What the Emergence is exactly is still unclear. But we do know that because of it, there will be some new creatures that were thought to be extinct that will be coming back to Earth. And just to clarify, these creatures aren't friendly ones.
First Introduction to Deviants
You can probably already tell by the names of these brutes that they aren't the good guys. As we just mentioned, the Emergence will trigger the appearance of some dangerous mutants. They are known as Deviants. These organisms will stop at nothing until all human life ceases to exist. The Eternals are Earth's only hope of not being completely eradicated by this foreign species. As strong as our new heroes are, these Deviants have some tricks up their sleeves. So, keep your eyes peeled for where they might be hiding.
The Post-Credits Scene Will Reveal a New Character
Marvel is notoriously known for previewing a little teaser or bombshell after the credits roll. In the case of "Eternals," we've learned that one of the post-credits scenes will introduce a new character to the MCU. In classic Marvel fashion, they've given us something juicy to obsess about. And we're happy to hear that even at the very end of this film, there will still be at least one more surprise.
November 5, 2021
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