It’s official: Disney+ subscribers will be able to ring in 2022 with a little help from Marvel’s Eternals. The studio has confirmed that Chloé Zhao’s 7,000-year superhero epic will hit the streaming service on January 12. Check out the official announcement below.
Marvel Studios’ #Eternals arrives to @DisneyPlus on January 12 pic.twitter.com/qpw4CGvHUZ
— Eternals (@TheEternals) December 10, 2021
Boasting a star-studded cast of 10 main characters, Eternals explored previously unseen corners of MCU history. But more importantly, it also set the stage for big things to come. The film’s ending memorably offered new hints about the Thanos-level threat that will tie all Phase Four films together. Plus, the mid- and post-credits scenes introduced a handful of new characters that are sure to make a bigger splash in upcoming movies.
Unfortunately, Eternals didn’t exactly do wonders with critics upon its release. The film currently sits at 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the MCU’s first-ever “rotten” entry. Regardless, its audience score of 78% indicates that casual viewers were more receptive. And despite its lengthy runtime of 157 minutes, this could bode well for its streaming future.
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Eternals is currently the seventh highest-grossing movie of 2021 and it still maintains a top five spot at the box office. However, its overall financial performance has been disappointing when compared to Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It could also hurt the film’s chances of getting a sequel, even if screenwriters Kaz and Ryan Firpo already have ideas for a follow-up.
Although the film’s expansive visuals were meant to be experienced on the big screen, viewers can rest assured that Eternals’ streaming release won’t leave them hanging. Disney+ will allow fans to watch the movie in the IMAX-enhanced format, which gives them a larger picture and expanded aspect ratio all from the comfort of their own homes.
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