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The First Reactions To Marvel’s ‘Eternals’, Directed By Chloé Zhao, Are Here, And It’s Different!

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This year, we’re all going back to the movies. With safety precautions, double vaccinations and masks, of course. But we are, and it is an exciting time. This week, as the world gets ready to see Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune in theatres, a bunch of really lucky individuals have already watched another major film even of the year—Marvel’s Eternals! The premiere of the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU, directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday night, where the stars and superheroes descended in full force. I mean, Angeline Jolie, who plays the warrior Thena in the movie, had all of her six children walk the red carpet with her! And now that the embargo on social media really eactions has lifted, we can finally know!

 

Eternals, which is the third film in the ambitious MCU Phase 4, stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.

 

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For us Indians, there’s a double treat, with Kumail Nanjiani’s Kingo playing a Bollywood star and our very own Harish Patel (Ibu Hatela from Gunda, you guys!) also in the movie.

But what makes this film even more special, apart from the obvious reasons, is that this is a major MCU film being helmed by a female director. And while I too am not a huge fan of adding ‘female’ to these job roles because it highlights gender, the fact is that it is a big deal to have a woman of colour lead such a major production of a mammoth film franchise. What’s more, the anticipation is heavy considering Chloé Zhao has her own unique filmmaking style that she’s brought to the Eternals, with everyone hoping to see a different kind of Marvel film than the usual. And definitely one that looks visually spectacular, with some trademark Zhao shots you’ll know if you’ve seen her works, like the Oscar-winning Nomadland!

 

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Zhao is not the only woman headlining this magnum opus though. The Eternals are powerful beings with all sorts of super powers, and they are led by a woman, Ajak, played by Salma Hayek. Their strongest warrior is Thena, played by Angelina Jolie. And there’s also Gemma Chan, another Asian actor, who plays Sersi, a powerful being, whose performance has been much appreciated in the early reactions!

Here’s what the early reactions are saying about Chloé Zhao’s Eternals!

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OMG, as a diehard MCU fan, I cannot wait to watch and discover for myself what I feel about the film. Marvel’s Phase 4 hasn’t disappointed me so far, and I hope it keeps that streak going!

Marvel’s Eternals releases on November 5, 2021.

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