Should ‘Eternals’ Get a Sequel?
It was clearly one of the most divisive entries in the decade-plus long history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with recent comments by the film’s producer leading us to the question; should Eternals get a sequel?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been responsible for some of the biggest films of the last decade, and although they have their fair share of misses in terms of critical reception, most of the 20-plus films they’ve developed have been excellent pieces to a larger puzzle.
Among that massive pantheon of MCU entries, one stands out among the rest; not because it was particularly excellent, nor because it was particularly terrible, but because it was unmatched in its divisiveness.
Eternals was a film that turned back the clock of the Marvel Universe, taking audiences to a prehistoric age of existence for humans in the universe, and telling the story of a race of superhuman entities crafted by Celestials to guide the evolution of the human race.
It was a film that was beautiful, with brilliant actors, brought to life by an Academy Award-winning director in Chloe Zhao but remained a film that was loved by some, hated by others, and overlooked by several.
In an interview with The Toronto Sun, the producer of the film, Nate Moore, cast doubt on whether or not the divisive entry would garner further exploration in future projects; stating firmly that a franchise is guaranteed no MCU project.
Moore stated, “It’s not something that is a must-have, Obviously, we have ideas of where we could go, but there isn’t a hard and fast rule where we have to have three of these things and this is the first.”
This leads us to the question; should Eternals get a sequel?
The answer, as far as we’re concerned, is a fairly easy one to give; it is a resounding yes.
These characters- as divisive as they are- and this world- as divisive as it was- deserve the commitment of Marvel to continue to explore what is within its bounds.
The Celestials, the Eternals, and the Deviants are intriguing entities that were executed brilliantly in a project that was often unfairly criticized by audiences that expected something very different than what visionary Chloe Zhao gave them.
Marvel Studios owes it to these characters to approach what worked in the first film, what fell flat, and craft a story that continues to explore these heroes in new ways.