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10 Problems With Marvel's Phase 4 (And How To Solve Them)

9. It Feels Like We’ve Done The Eternals Before

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An immortal royal family of superpowered creatures of alien origin living apart from humanity… the high concept for the Eternals feels very, very familiar.

It’s probably because it’s roughly the same high concept of the Inhumans TV series, which featured a royal family of superpowered creatures of alien origin living apart from humanity.

Now, as far as we know, the Eternals have been loitering around Earth posing as gods for us poor benighted mortals for thousands of years - you know, like the Asgardians, who we discovered through three Thor movies and a guest shot on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been loitering around Earth posing as gods for us poor benighted mortals for thousands of years. The Asgardians, ruled by an immortal royal family of superpowered creatures of alien origin living apart from humanity.

Going forward, it’s vital to differentiate the Eternals from the Inhumans and the Asgardians for a cinema-going audience that won't be familiar enough with the original amazing Jack Kirby comics to know the differences.

They’ve already stunt-cast the hell out of it, which is helpful - and the diversity of said cast is a welcome thing to see, especially with what appears to be two female leads.

But let’s have less of the 'classical-gods-amongst-us' thing, and perhaps lean more heavily into the 'immortal warriors' trope: a little bit more Highlander, a little bit less Clash Of The Titans.

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