Marvel’s “Eternals” Now Lowest Rated MCU Movie, Below “Thor: The Dark World”
A week before release, Marvel’s Eternals looks like a rare MCU misstep. With over 100 reviews, its Rotten Tomatoes critical score fell to 61%, barely above a “fresh” rating, making it the lowest-rated MCU movie out of 26 films in total.
Last time I wrote about this a few days ago, Eternals was the third lowest-rated MCU movie with 71%, but as I predicted, the score dropped as more reviews came in. , which is almost a guarantee with the site. Now it’s the lowest with a pretty decent margin, even falling under Thor: The Dark World and The Incredible Hulk. Here is the new list of the last 10 as is:
- Eternals – 61%
- Thor: The Dark World – 66%
- The Incredible Hulk – 67%
- Iron Man 2 – 72%
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – 76%
- Thor – 77%
- Iron Man 3 – 79%
- Black Widow – 79%
- Captain Marvel – 79%
- Captain America: The First Avenger – 80%
Usually, Marvel movies will have several hundred reviews when all is said and done, and I expect Eternals to actually be the first “Rotten” MCU movie ever to be scored, a crazy prospect considering its cast of. list A and his Oscar. director, Chloé Zhao. There are only two “rotten” properties in the entire MCU period, the Extremely Bad Iron Fist (37%) of the Netflix era and the short-lived Inhumans (11%), by far the worst thing. that the MCU has ever produced. Eternals is still a long way from either.
The flip side here is that we can’t always trust Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score will be a better indicator of whether “real” fans are rating the film as good or bad. There are a few examples of critics rating a superhero movie low and fans liking it more, but I’ve seen this more with “crazy fun” movies like Venom (30% reviews vs. 81%). And the general complaint about Eternals is that it’s not really fun. quite.
And if you watch the MCU, critics and audience scores rarely diverge that much. Audience scores typically rarely differ by more than 1-5% from the critical score in either direction, unless you come across a case where there was political controversy involved (the critical score of 79 % of Captain Marvel versus his 45% audience score). But for comparable “low” films, we have:
Thor: The Dark World – 66% reviews, 75% viewership
The Incredible Hulk – 67% reviews, 70% audience
Iron Man 2 – 72% critics, 71% audience
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 76% reviews, 83% viewership
Not a ton of divergence, as there isn’t near the top of the list either. I don’t see Eternals being a political flashpoint, so the data suggests there likely won’t be a huge difference between the final critical score and the audience score. Nothing suggests a Venom level gap “critics didn’t like it for what it was,” which never happened with all MCU movie, from what I can tell. The biggest gap in the entire MCU where an audience liked something much more than the critics seems to be … Iron Fist, 31% critics vs. 68% audience. Maybe not the best illustration to prove the point (hey, season 2 was good).
It’s unclear if this affects Eternals’ box office. There are plenty of big names out there as prints, but hardly anyone outside of hardcore comic fans knows any of these heroes, and their somewhat goofy names have been making the rounds of internet memes in recent weeks. We’ll see how that plays out, but it’s shaping up to be a rare failure, in relative terms, before Spider-Man likely turns things around this winter.
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