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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. 

Photograph: Marvel Studios

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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The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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July 26, 2024

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Shawn Levy

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Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

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The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Celeste O'Connor, Dakota Johnson, Isabela Merced & Sydney Sweeney (Sony)

Be ready to get caught in the web of Cassandra, our very own Madame Web. Swing by your local cinemas now to catch Madame Web on the big screen!

Plot

Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

Isabela Merced, Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor (Sony)

Movie Review (no spoiler)

Madame Web, the fourth entry in the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe brings us a different take on a complete new group of heroes in the heart of New York. I need to caution the readers that when going to watch the movie, keep an open mind. This movie is about Madame Web and her role as a protector to three young women who will play a much greater role in future…hopefully. If you are expecting Peter Parker / Spider-Man to swing in and catch a crook, you will sadly be disappointed.

I firmly welcome the new take on the Spider-Women within Marvel. Since Across the Spider-Verse I have pondered the question on whether we will get a chance to see any of the Spider-Women on the big screen and also the ‘How?’. I have always seen Cassandra Webb / Madame Web play a motherlike and protector role. I personally think Dakota Johnson played her part excellently well in that sense.

Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor plays the parts of Julia Cornwall, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin and delivers a breath of fresh air. They are teased to play big roles in the future, according to the villain in the movie. The new villain of the movie, played by Tahar Rahim, provides a thrilling experience at first but gets taken down too easily at the end.

Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims (Sony)

Madame Web provided a good introduction to a new character, which is Madame Web, but sadly doesn’t provide any promise of continuity and linkages with any of the existing movies within the current universe. A few easter eggs in the movie point to another beloved Marvel character, but I would have loved to experience more of Cassie’s web and the chance of a teaser for the other heroines of the movie since there are still so much stories left to tell. There is unfortunately no post-credits scene, which was a let down, considering Madame Web is part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe and continuity is what many are hopeful for. I’m curious if we get to see continuity later in the form of a sequel or even a cameo of Cassie, Julia, Mattie and / or Anya in any other production.

I rate this movie 3 out of 5.

The trailer doesn’t spoil too much of the storyline. Make sure to catch at a big screen near you.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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Julia Carpenter née Cornwall (Marvel)

Fugitive, protector, and eventually an Avenger! Many aliases, many adventures. Here follows the background of Julia Carpenter née Cornwall.

Origin of Arachne

Julia, born and raised in Los Angeles, met the love of her life, Larry Carpenter while attending college. They have a daughter together, Rachel Carpenter, but sadly separated due to Larry being unfaithful. To ensure Julia could take care of her daughter she joined a secret covert project where the main objective was to create super-agents. She becomes the guinea pig for a series of experiments which prove to be quite successful.

Abilities

She had super strength, could cling to walls and even generate energy webs! She is given a cool costume, and even though she wants her codename to be Arachne, the Commission on Superhuman Activities decide her new name will be Spider-Woman. She can lift over ten tons and her psychic webs is powerful enough to stop a car at high speed. She eventually inherits Cassandra Webb’s / Madame Web’s powers, which enables her to see into the future and astral project.

Friends and Foes caught in Julia’s web

Julia faced off against the might Doctor Doom alongside the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. As a member of the Government’s Freedom Force, she was forced to arrest both mutants and the Avengers, which made her feel uneasy. She became a fugitive when she helped the Avengers escape. The Avengers would soon be exonerated, but Julia remained on the fugitive’s list. She eventually gave herself up and accepted a deal to work with the government again. She joined up with Spider-Man to face off against the Wrecking Crew and her support to the Avengers made her an active member on the roster of the Avengers, and this even sparked a romance with one of the team members (which I will not share, but allow you as the reader to find).

Julia had to balance her time between being a hero and a mother to Rachel. Another Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter came on the scene and stole Julia’s powers, crippling her in the process. Joining forces with Jessica Drew, Mattie Franklin and Cassandra Webb allowed them to defeat Charlotte, but it didn’t help to restore her powers. A secret formula helped Julia recover her powers, but her problems was far from over.

Julia Carpenter née Cornwall as Spider-Woman (Marvel)

Using her secret codename, Arachne helped to avoid confusion with all of the Spider-Women, but the new Superhuman Registration Act forced superpowered individuals to register with the government, thus exposing themselves in the process. The Avengers was in full support of the new legislation, and Julia was soon recruited to help the Avengers capture unregistered heroes, however, she helped unregistered heroes avoid capture, and became a fugitive again. She was eventually arrested by Carol Danvers and Wonder Man. A pardon was offered, and she was required to join up with Omega Flight, a Canadian Government superhero team.

A dangerous plot by the Kravinoff family resulted not only in the death of Cassandra / Madame Web, but Madame Web’s psychic powers transferred to Julia, making her clairvoyant and able to astral project herself. This enabled her to see into the future and another hero at a later stage. Can you guess who?

The above stories about Julia Carpenter née Cornwall / Arachne have been shortened and enough detail has been left out to leave you hungry for more. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Arachne or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

Madame Web Movie Coming Soon!

In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future… and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies…if they can all survive a deadly present.

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Superhero

Release Date: 14 February 2024

Directors: SJ Clarkson

Based on: Marvel Comics

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts & Adam Scott

Madame Web Movie Poster (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Sydney Sweeney plays the role of Julia Cornwall in Madame Web.

Watch Madame Web on the big screen on 14 February 2024.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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