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Marvel The Eternals First Look

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Marvel has dropped a video of its upcoming Phase Four cinematic properties to encourage the public back into theatres. We got to see some confirmed dates for upcoming movies, official titles for others, and some teases of those Marvel movies including our first look at teaser footage from The Eternals.

These heroes, who are thousands of years old have the ability to resurrect themselves. In terms of the timeline it will fit in after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will explain why they weren’t involved.

The Eternals in thei teaser were all created/modified by the Celestials in Marvel lore. The only Celestial we’ve come across so far has been Peter Quill’s father Ego the Living planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

in this clip we also found out that Black Panther 2 is now titled Wakanda Forever. Captain Marvel 2 is now titled The Marvels.

There’s a big backlog now of Marvel movies due to the pandemic so there’s a lot of the MCU to look forward to in the next couple of years.

Here’s the video:

Confirmed information

Black Widow will be released on 9 July 2021.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released on 3 September 2021.

The Eternals will be released on 5 November 2021.

Spider-Man No Way Home will be released on 17 December 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released on 25 March 2022.

Thor Love and Thunder will be released on 6 May 2022.

Newly titled Black Panther Wakanda Forever will be released on 8 July 2022.

Newly titled The Marvels will be released on 11 November 2022.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania will be released on 17 February 2023.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 will be released on 5 May 2023.

They also teased the Fantastic Four logo to promote phase four, but as yet no announcement on their arrival in the MCU. You can bet though that it’ll be built to throughout some of the above films.


Are you excited for The Eternals from Marvel after the teaser? Are you planning on seeing the MCU phase four movies? What do you think it’ll be like? Let us know in the comments below.


Read our Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Trailer article HERE.

Read IMDB information about The Eternals HERE.

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Disney’s Cruella – Review

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I went into Cruella with one question: “what led Cruella De Vil to want to skin puppies for a fur coat?” And while I left the theatre happy… and with the strong urge to buy a new wardrobe, that question was never answered. While I thoroughly enjoyed the new Disney remake, I have to admit that the film is better when divorced from the source material. Here’s what Cruella from Disney did right, and where the spots were in our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this we assume you’ve seen the show but there are major spoilers coming up. You have been warned.

Summary

The film serves as an origin story to one of Disney’s most infamous villains; Cruella De Vil from the 1961 film 101 Dalmatians. The original film follows two newlywed couples; Anita and Roger, and their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita. After the two dogs have puppies, Cruella De Vil tries to kidnap them to make a fur coat. Cruella had actually kidnapped 101 Dalmatian puppies in total, and the two dogs rescue the canines. Roger and Anita end up adopting all 101 Dalmatians.

Cruella chronicles the villain’s childhood and rise in the fashion industry set in 1960s London. Played by Emma Stone, Cruella, whose given name is Estella, definitely had an “extreme” streak growing up. This leads her to be expelled from school, causing her and her mother to move to London. On the way there, her mother asks an “old friend” for help. This friend being her old employer The Baroness played by Emma Thompson. But The Baroness sends her Dalmatians on Estella’s mother, pushing her off a cliff and killing her. Estella thinks it was her fault but, as the dilations were chasing her after she accidentally crashed the Baroness’ fashion show. She runs away and ends up joining a little gang of thieves, composed of Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Houser). Both of whom are her henchmen in the original film.

After getting a job at a department store and catching the attention of The Baroness, Estella begins her career in fashion. The Baroness senses her talent, and Estella becomes one of her lead designers for The Baroness’ upcoming line. But when she learns that The Baroness killed her mother, she begins plotting her revenge, embracing her cruel alter-ego Cruella. Eventually, she discovered that The Baroness is her biological mother and a serial murderer. Estella decides to fully embrace Cruella, vowing to be an even better version of her psychotic biological mother. She fakes Estella’s death and reveals The Baroness’ murderous tendencies to the public, taking over her estate.

A perfect Cruella

Emma Stone was a perfect Cruella. As Estella, she was charming and awkward. As Cruella, she embraced an over-the-top cadence and flamboyance. She gives a surprisingly heartfelt performance and makes you root for the character even when she is acting, well, cruelly. Stone made a dramatic character feel believable in the real world and seemed to be having a blast playing her. On top of Stone’s performance were the costumes. Every single outfit Estella or Cruella wore was amazing. From the subtle yet unique every-day wear of Estella to the dramatic gowns and coats of Cruella. The costumes made the character feel set apart from the world and also believable as a talented fashion designer.

…But a soft one

My only complaint with Cruella in the film was that she wasn’t mean enough. While her plans for revenge were clever and unique, they didn’t feel like they were truly followed through with. Sewing a dress with moth cocoons to eat at The Baroness’ collection was fun and unpredictable. The heist to retrieve her necklace was entertaining. But when Cruella showed up in a Dalmatian print coat, taunting the Baroness with the fear that she had skinned her dogs… I wanted her to have actually done it. Instead, she just pretended to have killed her dogs. The Cruella from 101 Dalmatians absolutely would have skinned those dogs. I don’t need Cruella De Vil to have redeeming qualities. And I don’t expect her to take the higher road.

Skinning the dogs felt like the reveal the film was leading up to. Having her just pretend to have killed them made Cruella feel like a part Estella was playing and not who she was becoming. They actually had her bond with the dogs instead, when it felt like they should have been making Cruella hate Dalmatians given her later actions. Later in the film, she apologizes to Jasper and Horace for treating them poorly, when she treats them even worse in 101 Dalmatians. She also doesn’t kill the Baroness. Instead, Cruella takes the high ground again, simply sending her to prison. Once more, Cruella De Vil does not need to be redeemable, or even an anti-hero.

Post-credit

I wanted to see her descent into madness. Into one of Disney’s most unredeemable villains; a woman who wants to turn puppies into a coat! Furthermore, in a post-credit scene, it’s revealed that Cruella was the one who gifted Pongo and Perdita to Roger and Anita. While it’s a cute callback to 101 Dalmatians, it makes absolutely no sense for Cruella to later try to skin Pongo and Perdita’s puppy. Or even to kidnap Roger and Anita’s dogs, with who she is in good standing with at the end of this movie.

Throughout the film, Anita and Cruella were seen as childhood friends and later amicable co-workers. Anita even roots for Cruella. The actions of Cruella in 101 Dalmatians don’t feel like something this version of her would do. I don’t even think they truly set her up to be a villain. More like a ruthless fashion designer. She was mean, but she wasn’t evil. Certainly not a Cruel Devil.

Final thoughts

In spite of Cruella feeling weaker than she was in the source material, the film was still lots of fun! It might be one of the best Disney remakes. Stone’s performance was nothing if not delightful, and everyone in the film seemed to be enjoying themselves. Cruella felt new and nostalgic, showcasing a plot that was engaging with touching emotional beats. It’s definitely worth a watch, and a re-watch. But it didn’t feel connected to the Cruella De Vil we were first introduced to in 1961.


What did you think of Cruella from Disney, did you agree with our review? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our review of Pixars Soul HERE.

Read IMDb information on Cruella HERE.

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