Is Eternals OK for Kids? - Parent's Guide and Movie Review

Eternals - Image from Marvel Studios

Eternals in now available on digital and streaming on Disney+.  Eternals premiered in 2021 as part of the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe.  With an all-star cast of superheroes, how does Eternals stack up against other Marvel films when it comes to family viewing?  

Eternals is now available to own on digital or stream on Disney+ and will be coming to 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 15, 2022.

Eternals Movie Review

Eternals - Image from Marvel Studios

Eternals stars a talented cast as we are introduced to this band of superheroes.  Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, these heroes come from beyond the stars with the purpose of defending Earth - or so they think.  As the name would imply, the Eternals are immortal and have been living on Earth for thousands of years.  Their task was to protect the human race from dangerous creature known as deviants, and along the way, they helped humankind advance to what they are today.  Once the final deviant was defeated, their mission was complete and they went their own separate ways to create lives on Earth.  Hundreds of years later, a deviants are back and the group of heroes begins the process of traveling the globe to reunite.  After finding one of their own had been destroyed by a deviant, the Eternals learn that their mission on Earth isn't quite what they were originally told.  Has their entire mission been a lie?  The movie challenges the characters, and us a the viewers, to figure out who are the real heroes?

"You're not saviors, Eternals - you are murderers!" 

Is Eternals OK for Kids?

Eternals - Image from Marvel Studios

Eternals, like other Marvel movies, features intense battle scenes and death - but there really isn't blood, guts and gore.  Language is minimal compared to some other PG-13 films and there is one romp on the beach early on in the movie to note.  Again, you don't really see anything - but it's very clear what they are doing!  

Content concerns aside, Eternals is a harder movie to follow than some other Marvel movies.  Eternals doesn't boast familiar names like Spiderman and Captain America, but introduces a new group with a whole new backstory.  The movie is beautifully done and carefully brings each character's personality and story to life, but it does require attention to put all the pieces together.  There are also some time and location jumps that can be a bit tricky to follow.  All in all, the movie clocks in at a lengthy 2 hour and 36 minutes - again testing young attention spans.

If you have a young fan that is really into Marvel and can sustain attention to the story and length, there is nothing in the film more concerning than any other Marvel film.  I would definitely check other Marvel movies first through if you're looking to introduce your child to the franchise rather than starting with Eternals.

About Eternals (From Marvel Studios)

Marvel Studios’ Eternals follows a group of ancient heroes from beyond the stars who had protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again. 

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