Eternals ★★★★

When asked who my favourite superhero is - "Are you Team Cap or Team Superman?" - I usually explain that I don't have a standalone favourite but rather a team: the X-Men.

It is for this reason that I rather enjoyed meeting the Eternals.

Sure, you have The Avengers, but there is so much testosterone and bravado among them - as well as the hero-worshipping from Peter Parker and Scott Lang - that they never feel like a true team.

While you do have standout stars among the Eternals - it is very much Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Ikaris (Richard Madden) who take the lead - this is an accepted fact among the group, as it truly comes across that they are a family who have known each other for thousands of years and who all understand the pecking order and individual strengths within the group.

There are 10 Eternals - Sersi and Ikaris plus Ajak (Salma Hayek), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), and Druig (Barry Keoghan) - and while they do not all have the same screentime, you do have a glimpse into their personalities and motivations.

Eternals is an ambitious film, not only due to its starry, large cast but also because of a timeline that stretches from modern-day London all the way back to when the group first arrived on Earth in about 5,000 B.C.

It is also a film of firsts: it includes the first superhero to be depicted as gay in an MCU film, the first deaf superhero, and the first love scene.

While it is a change of pace and style that fans of 'The Infinity Saga' might not appreciate, director Chloe Zhao has delivered a film that is a breath of fresh air and one that I look forward to re-watching.

Block or Report