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The ‘Eternals’ Have Arrived, But Have We Seen It All Before

The latest Marvel blockbuster has just hit our screens and in all its grandeur it really feels like we’ve seen it all before. It’s a feast for the senses with high-tech CGI, deafening sound effects, humorous dialogue and an incredible battle finale which won’t disappoint the avid fan base. But is it actually a rehashed ‘same old, same old’ to milk the brand for millions of dollars at the all-important world box office?

There’s a new breed of superheroes called Eternals, an immortal alien race who came to Earth 7000 years ago to protect humanity from the murderous Deviants, but their golden rule is they must not become involved in any other human conflicts so that humans can develop on their own.

But why are the Deviants now killing the Eternals and draining them of their powers? With strange happenings escalating is the end approaching for planet Earth? Can the Eternals save humanity?

Action packed with incredible fight sequences and a touch of romance, the writers have attempted to add originality to the brand by having the protectors jump backwards and forwards in time to different countries and naturally Australia receives a visit.

There’s much to absorb in the story which at times is slow paced and incoherent. References to The Avengers may also lead audiences to question whether there may be a cross-over film in the future.

Pakistani American comedian Kumail Nanjiani is the standout providing many laughs. While Angelina Jolie, who is the most prominent cast member, plays an elite warrior.

This is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which has already spawned a sequel before its release.

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