Eternals has officially given the MCU its first rotten score:

The MCU has received its first rotten rating from Eternals.
The MCU has received its first rotten rating from Eternals.

On review aggregate site Bad Tomatoes, Eternals has officially handed the MCU its first rotten score. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, and Kit Harington star in Eternals, directed by Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao. The film is based on the comic series developed by Marvel genius Jack Kirby and follows an eternal race of creatures that reappear from hiding to rescue mankind from their evil opposites, the Deviants. As the film’s theatrical release date approaches, it has gotten a mixed bag of reviews from reviewers since its October screening in Los Angeles. The picture fell below Thor: The Dark World’s official Rotten Tomatoes score of 66 percent last week, and as additional reviews came in, the film fought to stay over the 60 percent grade necessary to be declared “Fresh.” Additionally, the film faced review bombs on IMDb, primarily owing to the film’s LGBTQ+ portrayal, while the film’s actor, Kumail Nanjiani, who portrays the Eternal Kingo, suggested this was only a sign that they were “upsetting the right people.”

Eternals finally dipped below the all-important 60% threshold on Rotten Tomatoes:

A Still Of Eternals' Getting 58% Of Rotten Tomatoes
A Still Of Eternals’ Getting 58% Of Rotten Tomatoes

However, Eternals subsequently fell below the all-important 60 percent mark on Rotten Tomatoes, causing it to lose its “Fresh” designation entirely. The site’s critical consensus claims that the picture “soars as frequently as it strains” and “takes the MCU in interesting – and even baffling – new directions,” with a current rating of 58 percent based on a total of 141 professional reviews. This also puts the film on par with the critically panned Wonder Woman 1984, which has a 58 percent rating. The picture has yet to get an audience rating, and its general distribution is set for the end of the week.

The Movie Has Still Got A Chance To Redeem itself in the eyes of audiences:

A Still Of The Eternals
A Still Of The Eternals

Of course, the picture still has a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of spectators, and many moviegoers are well aware that the aggregated critical and audience numbers on Rotten Tomatoes may frequently indicate two very different things. With the first 24 hours of advanced ticket sales already exceeding those observed for both Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, it’s doubtful that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and the rest of the team would be too concerned about the film’s box office. Furthermore, with 25 other MCU films all officially rated “fresh,” the series is still outperforming its competitor DCEU, which currently has 5 films with critical ratings lower than 60%, including 2016’s Suicide Squad, which has a score of only 26%. The true test, though, will be what fans think after they watch the film at the end of the week. While this revelation may be disheartening to die-hard MCU fans, there is little question that they will want to watch Eternals for themselves and form their own opinions about how successful the latest series addition is. When Eternals opens in cinemas on November 5, audiences will finally get this opportunity.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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