Post by geneweigel on Nov 22, 2021 12:56:45 GMT -5
I saw this last weekend and forgot to mention.
I don't know, if you followed this comic barely and picked up the follow ups of retcon merging with the Titanians in the DEFENDERS. Remember that? Anybody? It seems based on an, unknown to me, later ETERNALS series with a post-modern feel looking back at the retcon merging as a start then it goes off the deep end with reveals.
I am guessing that whoever the writer was of this later incarnation of THE ETERNALS comic was, I am gambling here, that its an Englishman with long tendrilled nostalgia on one hand and cruel disdain for the content on the other (Ala Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, etc) because it almost delivers then destroys in that same old American classic updated by an Englishman style.
It does not resemble the original series with Sersi being a celebrity and the Thena affair at all.
My exposure to the original comic book series was very limited at the time it came out, but in later years I got the omnibus which confirmed my initial impression that this was an independent world-building exercise connected to the Marvel Universe in name only. The original seemed to be the latest incarnation of Kirby's theme of superheroes being the modern version of gods of mythology but this time along with the idea of ancient astronauts and how they may have created or tampered with life on earth (a la CHARIOTS OF THE GODS). So, the Eternals inspired the later myths of gods and heroes and their foes the Deviants inspired myths of devils and monsters. THE ETERNALS series was supposed to be about the true story behind all of that. I vaguely recall how later the Eternals (Kirby creations) were tied in with Titan, Thanos and Starfox (Starlin creations) retroactively. By the time Starfox joined the Avengers (1983) I was no longer collecting comic books. Much later, I know there was a comic book series of the Eternals by Neil Gaiman. I bought it because I heard the movie version was going to be based upon or inspired by this version. I'm not sure that is true, though, since the Gaiman version seems to be about how the Eternals have forgotten who they are. My friend Eric calls the movie version the "WOKEternals" due to all of the gender and race swapping of the original characters... I don't think he's against diversity, just the awkwardly implemented diversity we often see in popular culture today (i.e. an emphasis on checking the right boxes moreso than solid plot, characterization, etc.). Instead of altering existing characters, why not simply create brand new diverse characters? For example, it would make no sense to me to cast a white guy to play Black Panther or a hispanic actor to play Shang-Chi. With the Eternals, they were supposed to be the people who inspired myths, primarily the Greek myths, so we expect they would bear resemblance to those gods and heroes (Athena, Mercury, Circe, etc.) otherwise that is inconsistent with the core concept.
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Post by geneweigel on Nov 22, 2021 14:02:07 GMT -5
The THOR movie did the same thing to a degree with some of the Asgardians so I expected that. However, they nuke the entire Chariots of the Gods/Space Odyssey evolution approach which was really odd. If it is from Gaiman, I would not be not surprised. My daughters recently got into an angel/devil TV series by Gaiman and they kept rewatching it in the background. Then they're like, "Yes, yes, we know. You hate Neil Gaiman!"
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