The post Splat! Eternals Becomes First Marvel Movie Certified Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes first appeared on Consequence.
Marvel had been on a 25-movie series of good reviews, and you might have thought that series was as inevitable as Thanos. But critics have been talking about the new film Eternal, and now more than Thanos has snapped. Eternal has dived below the 60% Fresh mark on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and has become the first feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to achieve the dreaded green splat.
Rotten Tomatoes is a far from perfect site, though it is so influential that even people who hate it should count on its results. It puts 60% as the red line between fresh and rotten, and as of this writing, Chloé is Zhaos Eternal sits at 57%, well below the previously worst-reported MCU records The amazing Hulk (67% fresh) and Thor: The Dark World (66% fresh).
Eternal boasted one Avengers-size super-cast but without The Avengers structure or backstory. Instead, it flips between exhibition and action, so two hours and 37 minutes feels too long and too short at once. In his ‘C’ review, our own Ben Kaye wrote,
“There are too many questions left in the show’s gaping holes here to make a satisfying movie, let alone a perfectly funny Marvel movie. Zhao does what she’s best at, but it does not work for this story. Why focus on the intimate relationship between 10 super-creatures, when the reasons behind their desire to save a race they’ve largely been hiding for millennia are far more riveting? scenes after credit that – unbelievably – line up for a potentially exciting sequel, Eternal is a rare occurrence that its parts do not correspond to a fantastic sum. “
Of course, Eternal sets up at least one sequel and fits into Marvel’s broader phase four plans, so many diehards will see it anyway. And despite this hiccup, there is plenty of exciting superhero content on the way to this multiverse. Spider-Man: No Way Home goes to the cinema on December 17, and it will be followed up in 2022 Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Splat! Eternals gets first Marvel movie certified Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes
Subscribe to the Consequence of Sounds email list and get the latest news in music, movies and TV, tour updates, access to exclusive giveaways and more directly in your inbox.