As the new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe dawns, fans are set to witness the Eternals– a new set of superheroes exploring the realms of superpowers like never before. A race of immortal aliens from Olympia, the story of Eternals takes place across a vast period of time. It primarily focuses on the present-day but often ventures to ancient civilization and world events.
Led by a vast ensemble, the Eternals were instructed to protect humanity from alien threats known as Deviants. With a diverse and powerful group of thinkers and fighters sharing the same cosmic energy, the Eternals hold many firsts for Marvel.
From having the first openly homosexual relationship to a hearing-impaired superhero, here is why the Eternals is a must-watch for all Marvel fans. Meanwhile, they descend onto Disney+ Hotstar in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and English on January 12.
A power-packed ensemble cast
With a well-rounded ensemble of actors like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Barry Keoghan, Kumail Nanjiani, Don Lee, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff, the Eternals is filled with God-tier talent. With such a vast ensemble, each one offers a new, distinct point-of-view painting them more like humans than heroes.
Academy Award-winning Direction
Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao takes pages out of history and weaves an intricate story that spans over centuries. Zhao and writers Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo make important chapters of history come alive as the narrative keeps going back and forth. They establish Eternals as the most powerful, and oldest beings in the universe. The Eternals is unmissable for the sheer craft of filmmaking that it possesses with a creative maestro like Zhao at the helm of things.
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Eternals is a labor of love built by people from around the world. The superheroes themselves are of diverse races and accents — Black, Latino, East Asian, Pakistani, Irish, and Caucasian. What’s more, is that Lauren Ridloff played the first deaf superhero in the MCU as Makkari.
Beyond that, this is the first time we see an LGBTQIA+ superhero, Phastos. He is in a committed, long-term relationship, and is the only one with a child!
A Spectacular Visual Feast
Eternals sees superheroes traverse the universe, explore unseen terrains, and battle creatures unknown to humankind. Making it a visual treat for fans, the production design was done at an extraordinary and extravagant scale, with close to five stages and 130 sets always working at full capacity. Hence, it resulted in a visually soothing and ethereal cinematic experience.
Treat to the linguaphile
Other than English, the Eternals speak and write in Sumerian, Babylonian, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, and Spanish in the movie. Babylonian is an ancient language that had died out in all forms by 100 AD and we see it featured rather frequently in the film.
Moreover, one of only three academics in the world who is able to speak Babylonian, served as an advisor to the filmmakers to ensure that the language was as accurate as possible.