The last few years have been interesting for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the grand finale of Avengers: Endgamethe architects behind the MCU were faced with the challenge of further expanding their media empire both at the box office and on the Disney+ streaming platform.
Marvel Studios has always divided the sections of its extensive, interconnected history into “phases,” typically with one avenger Film (or two) that serves as a capstone. Phases 1-3 told the story of the Infinity Saga, culminating with the epic battle against Thanos. But with Thanos defeated and big players like Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) out of the picture, Stage 4 felt different. There wasn’t a big team of superheroes to mark his end. Instead, each film and show is tied together by the theme of grief and the moving on from the devastating events of the Infinity saga.
During San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that Phase 4 would culminate Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Now that Ryan Coogler’s successor to the award-winning Black Panther is out, we’ve seen everything there is to see from Phase 4. So let’s do the only sane thing nerds can do at times like this and rank all 16 movies and shows that make up Marvel’s Phase 4. Start with the youngest of trash…
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong eternal. It should be a total slam dunk on paper: it has a stellar ensemble cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani game of Thrones veterans Richard Madden and Kit Harington; Directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao; and it promised to delve deep into an unexplored chunk of MCU lore while telling a grand story that spans centuries. eternal seemed like a safe bet.
Unfortunately, the film was much less than the sum of its parts. While the actors were excellent, many of them were criminally untrained, which is perhaps inevitable with such a large cast. eternal introduced the Celestials and Eternals to the lore, but they’ve hardly been mentioned since. And perhaps most amazing, the visually beautiful eternal was just kind of boring, which is hard to bear for two hours and 38 minutes.
At the moment eternal is the lowest rated Marvel film Rotten tomatoes and the only one that is considered “lazy”, meaning it has an overall score below 60%. Not even Kevin Feige can win them all.