It’s taken a while but finally, the first looks at Thor, Mighty Thor, and Valkyrie are here ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder later on this year and they look ridiculously awesome.
Um…whoa. First off, Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor looks perfect. To think she’s gone from playing Padme to this. Ah, I’m freaking out a little. I absolutely cannot wait to see her being a fierce warrior goddess onscreen as the Mighty Thor.
I may be in the minority here when I say Black Widow is my favorite MCU movie of the year so far but it’s the truth. The film gripped me, it made me cry, and it made me love Yelena Belova instantly. So when I learned we’d be getting Belova sooner rather than later in Hawkeye I got really excited. Now, Episode 4 drops tomorrow and I think it’s time for everyone’s new favorite assassin to make an appearance.
Of course, this is all speculation and we may not get a chance to see her until the finale but… if she does show up…
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So…critics have been saying how they want MCU movies to change the pace, do something a bit different, and guess what? Eternals actually did that!
This post will include MAJOR SPOILERS so I advise you to STOP READING NOW if you haven’t seen the movie.
To get to the meat of that surprising third act we need to talk about the first surprise twist that transpires at the end of Act I.
Ajak, the leader of the Eternals, is dead and Sersi has been chosen to replace her. While in Australia she manages to contact the Eternals’ creators, the Celestial Arishem, and in a sequence dense with fascinating and important exposition we learn the Eternals’ true purpose.
They were created to defeat the Deviants so that one day when Earth would have enough inhabitants a new Celestial could be birthed, thus destroying the world and bringing about the birth of a new universe.
Learning this, Sersi decided to try and stop The Emergence a.k.a the birth of a new Celestial. It was a risky and probably deadly plan but she refused to let the people of Earth face such a horrific fate.
This leads to the big reveal in the third act that I didn’t see coming. Apparently, Ajak wanted to do the same thing and stop The Emergence but Ikaris was loyal to Arishem. He killed Ajak, throwing her to the Deviants so that it could look like they killed her, and when his fellow Eternals learned the truth he became the primary antagonist of the film.
So the third act showdown that we have become used to with superhero films was flipped on its head as these heroes were forced to fight one of their own, an Eternal who was literally willing to kill them to see Arishem’s plan fulfilled.
It’s a surprising turn that I didn’t see coming and was a brilliant finale to a film that really placed emphasis on the Eternals’ relationship with one another, specifically Sersi and Ikaris.
I thought it was a nice twist of events and while some will find Ikaris’ conclusion a bit controversial I loved that this film continuously shocked me in ways I actually didn’t see coming.
Once again I’m asking myself, “Isn’t this what the critics wanted? Third acts that felt more personal than just good guys fighting the typical hero of the film?” That was one of the gripes for Shang-Chi.
People wanted the conflict to stay centered around Shang-Chi and his father Wenwu. Instead, we got a massive CGI dragon showdown that left some people kind of peeved. Well, we didn’t get that with Eternals. It wasn’t the Eternals vs. a Giant Celestial Hand coming out of the ground. It was the Eternals vs. Ikaris. Fantastic!
What did you think about the ending? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Well, considering that I already wrote my spoiler-free review yesterday it’s time to rank the Eternals. This is going to be fun!
Lia McHugh does a decent job bringing Sprite, this almost fairytale-like character who never ages, to life but unfortunately, I never found much love for her as a character. In fact, after a while, she started to kind of get on my nerves so…
I thought Kingo was going to be one of my favorite characters but honestly, he wasn’t. He was definitely the primary source of comic relief in the film and I liked his “finger guns” but there was something about Kumail Nanjiani’s performance that came off a little forced. It was almost like even he couldn’t believe he was getting the chance to play a rad Bollywood star alien superhero and you could feel that in his portrayal of the character.
Some are calling Dune a “masterpiece.” I cannot say it’s a masterpiece because as of right now, it’s incomplete. What I can say is it’s incredibly cinematic; a jaw-dropping achievement in the art of epic movie making. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a film with this much scale. A film designed for the biggest screen possible so the movie can absolutely overwhelm your senses for two and a half hours straight.
For the first hour of the film, I remember thinking to myself on many occasions, “This is fire.” After seeing the first film, which is handled with such wanton confusion despite its dizzying amount of exposition, I could see the similarities being ironed out, allowing for a much smoother process of a storyline. In fact, as I watched the film’s first half play out, the movie itself felt very much like a book happening onscreen.
The screenplay is phenomenal, moving along at its own pace as Villeneuve’s otherworldly vision of Dune came to life along with Hans Zimmer’s mesmerizing score that I’m listening to at this very moment while I write this.
Like I said before, this is no masterpiece but wow was I impressed. I found myself also appreciating it far more than the last three Star Wars movies (The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Rise of Skywalker.) Star Wars has become such a phenomenon that people have become lazy with the material, providing generic looks at a franchise that is, in essence, as epic as Dune. Filmmakers, however, have turned Star Wars into a joke; a tale for children with cool lightsabers that make awesome noises and the simply bland heroes-versus-villains tales that keep being told over and over again in unimaginative ways.
I miss looking at Star Wars and feeling like the directors actually care about giving us something epic to look at. Not just ideas that will be crafted into a wave of new toys (like the Sith Troopers) or a new ride at a Disney theme park (like Rise of the Resistance.)
I also haven’t been this blown away by a cast too. Despite the wave of A-listers that joined this movie they don’t feel out of place. In fact, Villeneuve gives them new lanes to shine in. He utilizes every actor for their personal strengths and uses them to perfection.
Marvel Studios has given us so much content this year! We’ve gone from the unique and fantastical in WandaVision and What If…? to the familiar and entertaining in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow to the surprise hits in Loki and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
All of these stories with all of these characters have left MCU fans delighted in some way or another and each Phase 4 installment has been a blast to revisit from time to time. Last night, I decided to randomly revisit the final ten minutes of the fourth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “The Whole World Is Watching” and once again I was horrified by what is undoubtedly the most brutal moment in MCU history.
The violence in this scene is disturbing. Henry Jackman completely imbues this moment with a horrific shrill musical note that crescendoed perfectly into the credits, bringing to light just how awful a moment this is as “Captain America” murders someone in such a horrific way in broad daylight with a crowd watching him.
It’s undoubtedly the best scene in the series and an incredible turning point for John Walker’s character. Despite the series chickening out on continuing his villainous streak for the next two episodes, this moment is undoubtedly going to become a staple for his character’s development moving forward as well as a reminder of what this guy is capable of if he snaps.
Yes, he is a loyal American soldier and yes, he is just a guy trying to do what’s right but that angry streak in him is only going to get worse as the Super Soldier Serum continues to build within him and honestly, I can’t wait to see his story continue…hopefully sooner rather than later.
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