Marvel’s Eternals trade fascinating narratives for nearly unending exposition, resulting in several plot holes and head-scratchers in the newest MCU movie. Eternals has received mixed reviews in the days after its release, with critics appreciating the movie’s ideas and spectacular cinematography while criticizing its plot and pace. Director Chloé Zhao’s vision is definitely vast, spanning the previous 7,000 years of human history, but the cost of her design is Eternals’ storyline, which is filled with errors as the film attempts to mix the urgency of the end of the world with a lengthy history lesson.
The plot of Eternals revolves around 10 superheroes dispatched by the all-powerful Celestial Arishem the Judge to rid the Earth of the Deviants, a bestial, violent species that devour humanity in droves. The Eternals are tasked with assisting humanity’s evolution while also removing the Deviant danger, a duty that these eternal creatures excel at throughout the Marvel film. The Eternals must work together once more to preserve the Earth they have come to love from The Emergence, a catastrophic activity that marks the emergence of the new Celestial Tiamut. Eternals suffers greatly from its failure to simplify its enormous, vast tale. From the start of civilization to nightlife in modern London, Zhao’s Eternals is absolutely all over the map, both geographically and narratively. Here are the major storyline flaws and puzzles that have emerged in the aftermath of Marvel’s Eternals.
Arishem the Judge, an all-powerful Celestial space deity responsible for shepherding the birth and death of life across the universe, is introduced in Eternals as one of the most powerful MCU beings to date. Arishem established the Eternals, with each Eternal promising undying loyalty to carrying out his vision across the galaxy. The Eternals are plainly afraid of Arishem’s power, with numerous Eternals, like Ikaris and Kingo, flatly refusing to defy their almighty master’s plan.
However, Arishem’s capacity to affect events and even halt the Eternals from interfering with Tiamut’s birth appears to be highly inconsistent. In many sequences, Arishem is revealed to be able to halt selected Eternals Ajak and Sersi in their tracks in order to converse with them via their implanted orbs. Yet, when his own constructs rebel against him and finally kill one of his own kind to preserve Earth, the tremendously powerful watcher of the cosmos does nothing. While the Eternals describe Arishem’s role as a shepherd of life, Arishem finally seeks vengeance on Sersi and her companions by accessing Earth’s atmosphere and kidnapping the Eternals who betrayed him. This raises the issue of why Arishem did not just reclaim his Eternal constructs sooner and let Tiamut be born undisturbed, hence creating a huge narrative hole for Eternals to grapple with.
The enormous range of modern accents that the Eternals have as soon as they step from The Domo into Mesopotamian land is one of the most startling things in Eternals straight from the start. The Eternals are born with Irish, English, American, and Indian voices, which sounds strange given that each Eternal’s background is being formed in Arishem’s World Forge in interstellar space. The Eternals, being constructs, should first sound the same before assimilating into Earth’s civilizations, making each Eternal’s instantly modern-sounding speech irritate thematically. Each Eternal actor appears to be utilizing their usual voice, with little attention given to how or why each Eternal speaks so distinct yet all stemming from the same place of origin as complex, Celestial-created creatures.
Along with the Eternals’ vast spectrum of modern accents comes the sobering reality that, despite Arishem’s “perfect” creation, each Eternal is inherently broken. The Eternals are supposed to resemble minor gods in look and power, with their perfection destined to remain forever as they watch over the worlds they are tasked with guiding. This characterization would imply that each Eternal is flawless by design, with all Eternals looking the same in the future and having the same power level, however, this could not be further from the truth.
Chloé Zhao’s Eternals merits many compliments for advocating diversity and equality throughout the 10 primary Eternals individuals, yet some of these decisions are canonically strange. Sprite, for example, is imprisoned in a young body, with no reason as to why this is the case or how this represents a great design. This applies to the Eternals’ abilities, with each character having considerable vulnerabilities to balance out their strengths, which works against their mission of being Earth’s immortal protectors. The inclusion of the sickness Mahd W’yry, which plainly refers to a failure of the construct’s design, which was supposed to survive indefinitely, is the most perplexing of all.
What Was The Point of Kro?
One of the major talking points to emerge from the movie’s early previews ahead of Eternals’ Marvel premiere was the hype around Warlord Kro, the ruler of the Deviants. In retrospect, Bill Skarsgard’s Kro appeared to be a fearsome and worthy enemy for the Eternals, but his relevance to the Eternals’ narrative was dramatically inflated. While the idea of starting Kro as an animalistic being and having his character change as he consumes Eternal energy is intriguing, his character just does not do enough in the movie’s ultimate reckoning to merit inclusion. Kro is eventually swept aside with exquisite ease by Thena, despite having absorbed two Eternals, and his ultimate purpose is never fully disclosed. This is a horrible waste of an otherwise great character by Eternals, whose decision to turn Ikaris bad translates as subverting viewer expectations only for the sake of subversion.
Thena’s Selective Mahd W’yry
While Angelina Jolie gives an admirable portrayal as the progressively frail Thena, her sickness Mahd W’yry eventually conspires to be one of the most perplexing aspects of the entire Eternals film. Following her surprise attack on her Eternal colleagues, as her memory worsens as a result of years of servitude to Arishem, the Eternals decide to break apart so that Thena can maintain her memories. Thena attacking the Eternals is hinted at several times during the movie, but her Mahd W’yry actually appears to become more stable as the narrative of the Eternals continues. By the last, climactic fight of the Eternals narrative, it appears Thena has totally overcome the sickness that has afflicted her for millennia, as she effortlessly slices through Kro after first appearing to enter a trance-like state. Because of this selective usage of Mahd W’yry, the disease’s originally dramatic impact is diminished, and the eventual victory in Eternals feels hollow as a consequence.