The Eternals Director Comments On The Marvel Film’s Controversial Reviews

Two-time Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao comments on the controversial response from her Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Eternals.

Eternals Director, Chloe Zhao, comments on the controversial reviews of her Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. The Chinese-born filmmaker was chosen to direct an MCU film for her unique character perspective as seen in her early works, such as the Lakota drama Sioux, Songs my brother taught meand his critically acclaimed cowboy picture, The Cavalier, which won the Art Cinema Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her biggest achievement was the sweetheart of 2020, nomandland, starring Frances McDormand, which won both Best Picture and Best Director at the 93rd Academy Awards. With such fame for Zhao, many were surprised that his entry into the MCU wasn’t as well received as his previous films.


Eternals follows a diverse set of heroes after they go their separate ways following the defeat of their sworn enemies, the Deviants. When the evil creatures return to the present, the Eternals must come together to fight for the survival of the planet. The film’s vast cast includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee and Angelina Jolie. On average only 48% on the review aggregator site rotten tomatoes, Eternals was decidedly torn with his reception. Critics generally criticized the film’s long run, conventional Marvel formula, and convoluted lore, but it was praised for its stunning visuals, diverse cast, and ambitious nature.

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Talk with Empire magazine, Zhao commented on the controversial reviews of his MCU entry, Eternals. The director explains that she knew the dichotomous response of her film but that she was not at all concerned by it. Read more of what she had to say below:

Just as it is an obstacle to living an authentic life as a person. I have been the victim of a certain consensus and dissent about my work. None of them really have an influence on me as an artist, because every time I have the chance to create, I learn from the process… But this learning is a very intimate affair . Beyond that, to me, it’s just part of the ecosystem that exists due to the nature of the industry we’re in. Like a flower or a rock, I recognize and appreciate their presence. But that’s as far as it goes.

Eternals was released in 2021 at the height of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the world. According to Zhao, The Eternals was intended to be released sometime after 2019 Avengers: Endgame but was put on hold during the pandemic, which the director felt added to the difference of opinion in reviews, stating, “Eternals was meant to release shortly after Endgame, not at a time when everyone is going through an existential crisis. The film itself speaks of an existential crisis, both for humanity and for God. So I think we really felt it was comingEven with theatrical closures and COVID restrictions, the Marvel movie still scored at the box office with over $400 million, finishing as the sixth highest-grossing film of the year behind four other Marvel movies and the last opus of The Fast and the Furious franchise, F9.

Bringing Zhao into the MCU may show that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios want to break the well-trodden territory of comic superhero mythos, but might like to discover something in established lore that can resonate with as many fans as possible. Despite the controversial reviews, Zhao has most certainly managed to steer the MCU in a new direction with Eternalswhich is currently streaming on Disney+.

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Source: Empire

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