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Chloé Zhao Responds to Audiences' Mixed Reception to Eternals: 'Made a Lot of People Uncomfortable'

Chloé Zhao isn't surprised by audiences' mixed reactions to her Marvel movie. The Oscar-winning Nomadland director's superhero movie Eternals hit theaters in November, delivering a tonally and stylistically different installment in the massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Speaking with Empire magazine, Zhao explained that the timing, after being delayed due to the pandemic, may have had an impact.
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Eternals Director Chloe Zhao Says Marvel, Star Wars Going Through "Painful Evolution"

Last year saw the release of many Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, incdluing Eternals, which was helmed by Academy Award-winning director, Chloé Zhao. Ultimately, Eternals was met with mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film is currently up on Rotten Tomatoes with a 47% critics score and a 78% audience score. gave the movie a 4 out of 5 and called it "a massive undertaking with memorable performances and a messy plot." Recently, Zhao admitted that she anticipated a divided reaction to the film, and she also spoke to Empire about the "painful evolution" of Marvel and Star Wars.

Chloé Zhao Reflects On ‘Eternals’ Division Among Fans & Says Its Style “Made People Uncomfortable”

No matter what your thoughts are on the content of the Marvel Studios film, “Eternals,” you can’t deny that the reviews were abysmal (a rarity for a MCU film or TV show) and fans were not pleased with the end result, either (proven by the low box office). This is especially disappointing when you consider that Oscar-winning filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, was at the helm of the film, which also sported an incredible all-star cast. So, what went wrong? The filmmaker has some guesses.

Eternals Director Chloe Zhao Anticipated Divided Reception To MCU Movie

Eternals director Chloe Zhao anticipated the "divided reception" to the MCU. In an interview with Empire Magazine, the director talked about her approach to the Marvel Studios universe. Originally, Eternals was supposed to come out close to Avengers: Endgame. When those plans changed because of the pandemic, certain other elements took on a different meaning. She said that the movie is about "having an existential crisis." Zhao completely gets why some fans would be completely turned off by that. However, a lot of viewers felt like they could relate to the story of the Eternals, so there's some good and some bad. Check out what she had to say down below.

Chloé Zhao Reckons With ‘Eternals’ Dividing Fans: Its Style ‘Made People Uncomfortable’

While Chloé Zhao’s “Eternals” managed to gross $402 million worldwide at the pandemic box office, the film strongly divided critics and Marvel fans. “Eternals” boasts a 47% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the lowest-rated Marvel movie on the aggregation website (yes, even lower than “Thor: The Dark World”). In a new interview with Empire magazine, Zhao opened up for the first time in detail about the polarizing reception to her Marvel movie.

Chloé Zhao Wasn't Concerned By Eternals' Divisive Reviews

To date, there have been 27 films released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (to say nothing of the TV shows) with two additional films being released later this year, three more currently in production, and about six others in pre-production that have been announced. The central gimmick of the MCU is its interconnectivity: While each film in the series tends to stand as a capable entertainment, the real thrill comes in seeing how events and characters from one film will end up influencing a future installment. Every single fan of the MCU (who are legion, lending to the franchise's overwhelming financial success) has been trained to wait through each film's credits to catch a preview for the next film in the series.

Chloé Zhao Addresses Audience’s Divided Response to Eternals

In an interview with Empire, Eternals director and co-writer Chloé Zhao addressed the divided response to the Marvel film from critics and fans, saying she thinks “the need for consensus is a hindrance for any authentic creative process.”. “Just like it’s a hindrance for living an authentic life...

Chloe Zhao Directed A Super Bowl Ad And It's As Majestic As You'd Expect

Director Chloé Zhao has become synonymous with sweeping landscapes and altogether breathtaking cinematography thanks to her film "Nomadland," and she recently took those talents to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the cosmic, millennia-spanning "Eternals." Considering that dramatic turn of events, it should come as no surprise that the prolific filmmaker was enlisted to make an emotional and gripping Super Bowl commercial for Budweiser — and yes, it gives us those already-classic Chloé Zhao vibes.