The worst Marvel movie is getting a sequel, according to a new leak from Marvel Studios.
Eternals, the lowest-ranked Marvel movie among fans and critics — though not in our order guide to Marvel movies — might get a follow-up, according to moderators on the Marvel Studios Spoilers Reddit page.
As teased in a new Tales from the Mod Queue (opens in a new tab), Eternals 2 is “on track” at Marvel Studios, though there’s no indication of how long the production line will last. The leak also suggests that Chloe Zhao, who directed the first Eternals movie, may not be returning for the sequel. However, if Zhao signs on to Eternals 2, she could be “heavily restricted” by Marvel’s brain trust, which includes the likes of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito.
Meanwhile, the post contains unverified reports that production issues hampered the development of the superhero film. Marvel employees would be concerned about a similar scenario happening again if Eternals 2 is officially greenlit but, again, that could just be guesswork.
In fact, the Marvel Studios Spoilers moderation team says Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans should take all Eternals 2 information with a giant pinch of salt. However, the mods on the Reddit page also state that these details are from trusted sources. and reliable sources. Basically, readers can decide for themselves whether any or all of this is true or not. We’ve reached out to Disney for an official comment on the rumor and will update this article if we receive a response.
Eternals hit theaters in November 2021, but has become the lowest-rated MCU movie so far. Currently, the Marvel Phase 4 project holds a 47% “rotten” rating (opens in a new tab) on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, placing it last in Rotten Tomatoes’ list of MCU movie ratings. Meanwhile, Eternals has a viewership rating of 6.3 out of 10 on IMDb.com (opens in a new tab) – only Ms. Marvel, the latest Marvel Disney Plus show, has a lower IMDB rating (6.2) than Eternals among the various MCU film and TV offerings. This also excludes Sony’s Marvel productions, such as Morbius and Venom.
In our review, we said Eternals was a “better movie than some critics suggested,” adding “a worthy MCU entry that provides a thought-provoking meditation on what it means to be human, albeit shrouded in the clothes of super -hero”. Most fans disagreed with us, but we consider some other Marvel movies to be worse MCU entries than Eternals. Read our article on the best Marvel movies ranked to find out which ones we rated lower than Eternals.
Analysis: Does Eternals deserve another chance?
Full spoilers follow for Eternals. You were warned.
We think so. Of course, as we noted in our review, there are big issues with Eternals – its overarching narrative once the film’s big twist is revealed, as well as its jarring jumps, to name two – made for a rambling watch.
These criticisms have only become more evident with each MCU movie and TV show, with other projects failing to mention the events surrounding the potential emergence of a new Celestial – Tiamut – from Earth’s core. Or the fact that the dead, marble-colored, gigantic Tiamut is now visible in the Indian Ocean. Or the revelation that some of the Eternals were kidnapped by another Celestial in Arishem, who would have been visible to all humans on Earth – due to his size – before he left with his kidnapped.
However, for a movie based on some of the heaviest Marvel comics content in history, it did the best it could to bring the Eternals’ convoluted comic book story to moviegoers and MCU fans alike. .
His brief exploration of the MCU’s history of the Celestials revealed more about these mysterious, cosmic entities’ role in creating the universe – and their nefarious plan to do so. Its introduction of the first openly gay and deaf superheroes in the MCU has done a lot for representation and diversity in the biggest film franchise in the world. Zhao’s cinematography and keen eye as a director made it one of the most visually striking Marvel films ever made. And, while its post-credits scenes were disappointingly leaked ahead of the film’s release, they were no less crowd-pleasing than similar end-credits sequences we’ve seen in the MCU before.
So there was a lot to like about Eternals. Based on these post-credits scenes, Marvel isn’t done with the characters who starred – either in starring or partial roles – in them. Maybe the studio even thinks it owes The Eternals to make a sequel and show how integral they can be to the MCU. It would be a redemption story worthy of Tony Stark/Iron Man, The Winter Soldier or Loki if that happened.
If an Eternals sequel is in pre-production, it could be announced at Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic Con panel on Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. BST / 11:00 p.m. STI. We believe this would also be part of Marvel’s Phase 5 plans, rather than just another Phase 4 entry.
Yet there is plenty MCU productions are expected to arrive ahead of a potential Eternals 2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the next Marvel movie to hit theaters in November. Before that, however, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law lands on Disney Plus in August.