New to Stream: Marvel Superhero Epic Eternals and Euphoria, Series Two

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ETERNALS (Cert 12, 155 min, streaming from January 12 exclusively on Disney +, available from February 7 on DVD £ 17.99 / Blu-ray £ 21.99 / 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray £ 36.99 , Action / Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Adventure / Romance)

With: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington.

WHEN monstrous entities called Deviants infest the Earth in 5000 BC Mesopotamia, an ancient race of beings known as the Celestials, ruled by the mighty Arishem, fashion the overpowered protectors of humanity, the Eternals.

For over 7,000 years, this group of near-immortal saviors has lived among us, prominent but invisible, led by Ajak (Salma Hayek), who possesses the healing power.

His devoted sidekicks Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos (Tyree Henry), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Druig (Barry Keoghan), Gilgamesh (Don Lee) and Thena (Angelina Jolie) are instructed not to interfere in human conflicts unless deviants are involved.

When a cataclysmic event called the Emergence thaws frozen Deviants, the Eternals risk everything – including their sworn allegiance to Arishem – to determine the fate of humanity.

Set after Bruce Banner wielded the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame, Eternals is the most intimate Marvel story to date.

Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao’s origin story is an ambitious comic book adaptation that includes a cleverly composed outdoor sex scene, but some conventions remain, including some mouth-watering scenes incorporated into the end credits.

Shifting the focus from special effects-laden action sets to character arcs and storytelling, Zhao inflates the runtime to an uncomfortable two-and-a-half hour.

The script, co-written by Zhao, Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo, tests very thin moral threads separating heroes from villains at the breaking point using one of the sprawling MCU’s most diverse and inclusive teams.

Any touches of humor, courtesy of Nanjiani and Tyree Henry, are extremely welcome.

Rating: 3/5

EUPHORIA – SEASON 2 (6 episodes, starts airing from January 10 exclusively on Now, Drama / Romance)

ZENDAYA became the youngest Emmy winner for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her eye-opening performance as a newly rehabilitated drug addict in the first series of this coming-of-age story created by Sam Levinson.

There have been two standalone Euphoria specials in the interim and a second series is coming to Sky Atlantic this week and airing exclusively on Now.

In these episodes, Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) reunite, but sobriety weighs heavily on them and a dangerous plan threatens to cut the lives of promising teenagers.

Elsewhere, the tense relationship between the violent Nate (Jacob Elordi) and Maddy (Alexa Demie) takes another dramatic turn.


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