Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie, Eternals, has received a not-so-generous score of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the lowest rated MCU film to date. 

Picture Credit: Marvel Studios

Picture Credit: Marvel Studios

Eternals is the latest entry for the MCU; it breaks away from the 13-year story focusing on The Avengers, and leans into new stories and characters; despite the excitement of many fans, it seems the forthcoming film isn’t too popular with critics. 

The movie has its world premiere on October 18th, 2021; the press embargo has since lifted and reviews of the superhero feature, directed by Chloé Zhao, are continuing to be published. 

Eternals follows the story of the Eternals, a group of gifted beings that have looked after the Earth for thousands of years; they have protected humanity and have only been allowed to intervene if deemed necessary by the Celestials. 

However, when the Deviants show up once again to destroy humanity, the Eternals must band together to put an end to the beasts. 

Picture Credit: Marvel Studios
Picture Credit: Marvel Studios

More critics are sharing their reviews with the public, and the movie’s score has hit the lowest of any other MCU; Eternals has a score of 65% with 84 reviews. 

Thor: The Dark World held the unflattering title of lowest Rotten Tomatoes score within the MCU up until now; the 2013 feature film had a score of 66%, but now has marginally higher praise than Eternals

While the current score for Eternals is not influenced by audiences, and there will not be an audience review until after the film’s release on November 5th, 2021, the score given by Marvel fans could prove higher later in the year. 

When early thoughts of Eternals made their way onto different social media platforms, the movie looked thrilling and exciting as many were praising the film for its emotional and unique style. 

Despite this positivity, it seems that opinions on Marvel’s next MCU instalment are somewhat mixed; some believe the film to be too long and has an overly complicated narrative. What many critics can agree on, however, is that Zhao’s Eternals is a movie unlike any other MCU film before it. 

Picture Credit: Marvel Studios
Picture Credit: Marvel Studios

Bringing new heroes (and villains) into a franchise as successful as the MCU will always be a little difficult, especially since the MCU is heading in a new direction on terms of narratives and characters. 

In order to showcase everything she wanted to, Zhao decided to tell the story in two separate timelines, something the MCU hasn’t really done before. This could be one reason why critics are perhaps not so thrilled with the new addition to the MCU. 

Despite a rather low score, it is rare that a low critical Rotten Tomatoes score diverts audiences from seeing new releases; many fans of the MCU have been in it since the beginning, and are excited to see the franchise expand and grow, despite the opinions of critics. 

Eternals will be in cinemas from November 5th, 2021, when fans can see for themselves if a 65% Rotten Tomatoes score is either fair or unjustified.

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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