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IN THE BEGINNING… 

There were Celestials, extremely powerful ancient entities that possess vast matter and energy manipulation, they were present long before the dawn of creation. They’re also capable of building entire galaxies from scratch.

Arishem, the Prime Celestial created the Eternals to descend upon Earth and importantly protect humanity from the deviants. These 10 immortal individuals have been sent from their home planet of Olympia on their spaceship the Domo by their leader and throughout centuries continue to defend growing civilisations from the Deviants. However they are barred by Arishem from interfering with human wars and conflicts in order to allow humanity to evolve naturally. 

Thousands of years have passed and unfortunately an unexpected event forces the Eternals who have now been secretly living amongst us for a millennium, out of the shadows and reunite to fight mankind’s oldest enemies, the Deviants. 

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Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” welcomes an exciting new team of Super Heroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena. Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman.

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Chloe Zhao’s Eternals is truly the start of a new era for Marvel Studios. Its roots are immersed in science fiction that it also plays as a character study piece, focusing on the family dynamic, betrayal, and the fight for humanity. 

The Academy Award-winning director does a great job brining Zack Kirby’s creations to the big screen, she brings her signature flair and vision to the Eternals’ big screen debut, as the depth of the story is coupled with serene sunsets and sweeping landscapes. This is certainly a Marvel Cinematic Universe film that feels different from anything that has come before. The scale of the film is so immense as is the cinematography and score, as Ramin Djawadi crafted such powerful themes that remind me of gospel choirs. 

The film also has such a diverse cast full of impeccable performances, each actor truly inhabit their respective roles. some unfortunately have less screentime but they truly make an impact as vital members of this family. 

Most of the story centres around Gemma Chan’s character Sersi. She has the ability to manipulate non-sentient matter. Sersi also has a newfound love and respect for humanity. In present day, she works as a museum curator and dating human Dane Whitman played by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington. Sersi also had a long romantic relationship with Ikaris played by Richard Madden.  

Richard Madden’s Ikaris is one of the most powerful Eternals, with the ability to fly and shoot beams of light from his eyes. his love for Sersi also takes precedent during the film as they’re on and off, as their complicated relationship stretches through centuries.

Unlike many of the Eternals who have stayed undercover through centuries, Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani ) has done the opposite, making a living as a Bollywood star and as an Eternal he has the power to to manipulate energy with his hands. However he must leave all the wealth and success behind to help his family repel the new Deviant threat. Kumail Nanjiani was a great comedic and definitely has an entertaining character. 

Sprite is the ambitious storyteller of the Eternals and she may look like a preteen, but in reality and like the other Eternals, she’s actually thousands of years old. Sprite has the ability to use the cosmic energy that powers the Eternals and is able to cast lifelike illusions. 

Phastos (Bryan Tyree Henry)  is the inventor of the group, he’s helped nudge humanity forward technologically whilst keeping his brilliance hidden. Phastos is also a technopath and is able to create any invention or weapon that is powered by cosmic energy, providing that he has access to the raw materials to disassemble and build. He also possesses a tremendous love for family. in recent years, he started a family with his Husband and son. It’s the first MCU movie to feature a LGBTQ hero and Eternals marks a new path forward for Marvel Studios, expanding the idea that anyone regardless of who they are can be a hero. 

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Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) is also the first deaf hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a first time that a deaf actress is in a major role. This entry of Phase Four has diversity and fantastic representation. Makkari is the super fast member of the Eternals, she is the fastest woman in the universe as she uses her cosmic powered super-speed to scout planets for the Eternals. and as the only deaf Eternal the sonic boom that accompanies her speedy running doesn’t affect her. She’s also able to read at a superhuman rate. 

Another Eternal and one of my favourites from the film was Barry Keoghan’s Druig. He has the ability to control the minds of humans but has grown disgruntled with the way his fellow Eternals are interacting with mankind. Keoghan gives a magnificent performance, its aloof and powerful and it’s hard to determine if he’s a friend or foe. I also loved that he is pacifistic and is willing to go against orders to end all conflicts. His relationships with the other Eternals is also fascinating, he’s sarcastic to Kingo but very flirtatious toward Makkari. I really hope we get to see more of their relationship. 

Korean actor Don Lee plays Gilgamesh as extremely powerful and a strong warrior amongst the other Eternals. And though he is physically strong his greatest strength is his kindness. using cosmic energy Gilgamesh is capable of projecting a golden, energy-enhanced exoskeleton which shields his arms and fists, all this enhances his strength and durability during combat. He also has a deep connection with Angelina Jolie’s character Thena. 

Speaking of Thena, Jolie is absolutely no stranger to blockbuster movies and in Eternals she is another favourite of mine. Thena is the warrior of the Eternals she’s very stoic but also very calm and collected. she’s also fearless and relentless and relishes her skills in combat against the Deviants. With pure cosmic energy, she wields the power to manifest any handheld weapon she can imagine such as spears, swords, shields, knives, axes, and staffs. 

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And lastly is Ajak, the Eternals’ stoic and powerful leader. she is the mother figure of the group but also acts as the bridge between Eternals and the Celestials. She is wise and spiritual and with the help of cosmic energy she is able to heal humans and Eternals from injuries and illnesses. 

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Each Eternal have their own unique powers and they own personal drama within this complicated little family. 

Their costumes are also a visual treat, they have a sort of otherworldly effect with the unique materials used and the costume designers truly have elevated the elements of science fiction. heavily inspired by creator Jack kirby, they used lots of circles and bold shapes. Many of the characters costumes are inspired by the elements, nature, minerals and the cosmos to give the impression that they’re made with organic matter. 

Zhao takes her time by fleshing out these characters and elaborates the intimate relationships the group have throughout the centuries. It introduces these ten characters with tons of story and Zaho succeeds in making these immortal beings feel human. 

Overall Eternals is another great entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe plus it manages to be its own entity in the MCU. It’s very mature and delivers an ambitious take on humanity. It’s very grounded in biblical themes and had great atmosphere. 

 

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Hawkeye Episodes 1 & 2 | Review

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This year alone, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone intergalactic with the celestials in Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home promises to open up the multiverse with all sorts of madness and mayhem, but Marvel’s latest offering delivers a much-needed grounded entry into the MCU.

We finally get a much closer and deeper look at one of the original avengers, Hawkeye. Whilst he’s not necessarily everyone’s favourite hero and in comparison, to a god that can control lightning or a giant green rage monster, a skilled archer is a bit naff in but Hawkeye is actually rather underrated and has an interesting story to him.

The Hawkeye TV show starts off in 2012 during the events of the battle of New York from the first Avengers film. We see it from Kate Bishop’s perspective, a young girl who sees Hawkeye on the roofs of buildings firing his arrows and gets inspired. We then jump forward to the present day where we start to see the lives on both Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and 22-year-old Kate Bishop who’s now played by Hailee Steinfeld. Clint must get home to his family for Christmas despite the fact a threat from his past has resurfaced.

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The show immediately establishes itself as being much more grounded and smaller scale than a lot of the Marvel content we’re used to. And it’s actually quite refreshing to see things like this for once. There’s a certain more naturalistic feel to the show, a bit like many of the Netflix Marvel shows like Daredevil. Whilst Hawkeye is nowhere near as dark as Daredevil, getting to see our hero on the streets of New York post-Blip fighting mobsters rather than intergalactic aliens is quite nice to see.

However, what stands out most about the first two episodes of Hawkeye is just how much fun this show is! It’s set the week before Christmas and this holiday spirit is throughout both episodes that I’ve seen. They play into the Christmas nature both in the tone and aesthetic of the show and it makes for a joyous time. Hawkeye and Bishop are both cracking jokes and quipping in the signature Marvel fashion but it’s done in a way that’s light-hearted and fun and yet it doesn’t take anything away from the film’s action scenes.

As for the action, there’s not been loads just yet however the show is just getting started and by the end of episode two it’s definitely found its feet and is ready to go full throttle in episode three. The action that we have had is well-shot and has good camerawork to keep us entertained. Hailee Steinfeld shines as Kate Bishop and brings so much charisma to the character that she’s a welcome addition to the MCU and I’m sure fans will eagerly follow where Bishop goes throughout the universe.

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The show is constantly taking the MCU in a different direction, with a much more grounded feel and us getting to see things we’d never expect to see from Marvel. Whether that’s a musical about  Steve Rogers (which is absolutely incredible and deserves to be a real thing) or Clint having a run-in with some live-action role-players, the show is full of excitement and fun is a downright great time to be had this Christmas.

Hawkeye is a joy to watch and brings a much-needed look at one of the most underrated Avengers. It brings some holiday cheer to the MCU, something that’s been lacking since Iron Man 3 and provides some light-hearted entertainment whilst also developing a character that we’ve never really had much detail on before. Hawkeye is great fun and has set itself up for a very promising series.

The first two episodes of Hawkeye will release on Disney+ on Wednesday 24th November with new episodes every Wednesday.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home – Official Trailer #2 Is Here

Spider-Man: No Way Home is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

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Release Date:

December 17, 2021

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Jon Watts

Cast:

Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred Molina, Jacob Batalon, J.K. Simmons

Plot Summary:

Spider-Man: No Way Home is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

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Countdown To Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer

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December 17, 2021

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Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred Molina, Jacob Batalon, J.K. Simmons

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

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