Eternals Is Currently the Lowest-Rated Film in the MCU
With 59 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, “Eternals,” the latest episode in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has gotten the lowest rating of all Marvel films, plunging into a “rotten” zone. “Eternals” is currently rated several points lower than “Thor: Dark World,” the previously lowest-rated Marvel picture, which received a 66 percent rating in 2013.
When dozens of more reviews are added to the average, “Eternals,” which opens Nov. 5, will have a huge impact on the ratings. However, based on the current ratings, “Eternals” has divided critics.
“A grandiose superhero epic that soars somewhat more often than it strains, ‘Eternals’ pushes the MCU in interesting – and even baffling – new directions,” says the Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus.
“Eternals,” directed by Chloe Zhao, tells the story of a race of immortal creatures known as the Eternals who have been covertly living on Earth for thousands of years. They were created by Celestials and have been tasked with reuniting and fighting their evil counterparts, the Deviants, in order to rescue the Earth.
The film has received praise for its world-building and cinematography, but it has been panned for its lack of Marvel action.
“Zhao, whose last three films have all focused on the everyday lives of working-class rural outsiders, looks ill-suited to a picture of this scale and frankly uninterested in combat scenes,” wrote Dana Stevens of Slate.
“A Marvel epic that favors personal relationships over spectacle?” wrote ABC News’ Peter Travers in a good review. Sorry, adrenaline junkies, but Chloe Zhao, an Oscar-winning independent filmmaker, delivers that to her debut blockbuster. Travers commented, “The result is inconsistent but memorable for being inclusive and original.”
Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Kumail Nanjiani, Barry Keoghan, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, and Kit Harrington are among the ensemble cast members.