Marvel Studios has had a busy 2021 so far. The year started out with three Disney+ shows in WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki, which was then followed by the now controversial hybrid release of Black Widow. Currently, fans are enjoying watching What If…? weekly, a show which just aired an installment exploring the idea of T’Challa becoming Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill.
Next up is Shang-Chi, a film which is set to introduce the master of Kung-Fu to the world, alongside many new elements for MCU fans to chew on. The film has been met with positive reactions from the critics who have been able to see it so far, which seems to put Simu Liu in the position to be another Marvel mainstay.
After Shang-Chi, is a film which is shrouded in mystery: Eternals. The third film of the year is set to introduce a group of nearly invulnerable heroes that have protected and guided humankind throughout its evolution.
The first trailer to the film was great, but truly lived up to it’s “teaser trailer” status. Now, fans have a brand-new trailer to latch onto. But this time, there is so much more to learn.
The trailer starts off with Salma Hayek’s Ajak going over Thanos’ victory to Richard Madden’s Ikaris. She reveals the snap which brought the universe’s population back was enough to start the convergence. What is that? Well the trailer doesn’t explain further, but it’s likely to be bad, seeing as it is what springs the Eternals into action.
Fans gets a shot at something crashing into Earth, and then what seems like one of the worst tsumanis Earth may have ever seen. It’s unclear if this is the event Ajak is warning about, but she reveals that the group has seven days to keep it all from happening.
Now the audience gets a proper explanation of who they are: they’re Eternals, and they came to Earth 7,000 years ago to protect humans from the Deviants. The Deviants are the core threat in which the Eternals are nearly always pitted against in the comics, and in the MCU it would see they are the only force in which they can interfere in order to combat them.
As Gemma Chan’s Sersi’s voice over explains things to the audience, there are some amazing shots to be had. For one, there’s a stunning conference/meeting room with a very large red statue of a Celestial, with Eternals sitting at a table around it.
Even more impresive shots follow, with a very powerful image of an Eternal landing with a group of their people, and then an incredbly striking shot of the Eternals’ spacecraft floating in front of a/the sun.
One of the money shots of the trailer is after Sersi’s initial explanation, as wel see Ikaris use his laser eye beams against a raging Deviant coming out of the water. Judging by the shot of the boy prior, this is likely to be a flashback sequence.
Kit Harinton’s Dane Whitman joins the fray as he asks the money question: “Why didn’t you guys help fight Thanos, or any war, or all of the other terrible things throughout history?” Sersi responds, theotrically in the same scene, that their group were instructed not to interfere unless the deviants were involved. But by who?
While it isn’t said verbatium, the ominous shot of a scary looking red Celestial is the answer: Arishem the Judge. In the comics, Arishem is one of two Celestials who have the right and ability to judge a planet’s civilization, therefore determining who should live or die.
The following montage shows the various other Eternals scattered around the world, ones in which Ikaris and Ajak are going around and gathering up. Some great glimpses of the group’s dyanmic is followed by yet another striking image of the Eternals’ spaceship as it rises from the sands.
Angelina Jolie’s Thena sets the stage for the Eternals love for the human race, saying that they have loved them since the day they arrived 7,000 years ago. After that there’s some great shots of the Eternals’ powers in action, alongside some wild imagery and incredibly intruiging machinery. Could this be fans’ first look at the Activiation Chamber? The place in the comics where the Eternals used to revive their fallen.
Fans can hear Kro’s ominuous voice make itself known as various shots of the Eternals in action once again grace the screen—all of which look really cool, and a blast to watch on screen. Then comes the reveal; Kro in all his glory, with Thena in his grasp. For those that don’t know, Kro is set to be the lead villain of the piece, and suppodedly leads the Deviant forces.
The trailer concludes with a few more money shots and then a nice little comedic moment as Sersi and Ikaris seemingly catch up with Phastos for the first time.
Eternals seems to be one hell of a ride, and fans will likely have trouble waiting until November 5 to see it all unfold.