Marvel Studios' Eternals is reportedly releasing on Disney+ in January 2022. Originally announced as the second film in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chloé Zhao's movie was meant to arrive in theaters in November 2020 at first. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Marvel to change these plans, resulting in Eternals being delayed multiple times until it finally arrived exclusively in theaters in November 2021. It told the story of a group of ten Eternals as they spent 7,000 years on Earth watching over humans before deciding to interfere to stop a Celestial from destroying the planet.
Eternals was met with a mixed response upon its release. Despite a strong audience reaction, it became the first MCU movie to be rotten on Rotten Tomatoes based on critic reviews. The divisive nature of Eternals has driven conversations about the movie, but it hasn't stopped the film from performing well at the box office. It has earned over $368 million worldwide and should pass Black Widow before too long. There's even an outside chance that the movie's theatrical performance could eclipse Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, even with Chloé Zhao's movie also not releasing in China.
Although fans around the world have mostly had a chance to see Eternals, many have been waiting to learn when it would be available to watch on Disney+. According to a report from Streaming Guider, January 12, 2022 is the release date for Eternals on Disney+. The site notes that Disney confirmed this release date to them, but neither Disney nor Marvel Studios have officially announced this date so far. If the date is accurate, Eternals will release on Disney+ roughly 70 days after it debuted in theaters.
Eternals' release on Disney+ comes after many fans wondered if the movie would ever debut on the streaming service. Kevin Feige remained optimistic throughout the pandemic that the movie would be released in theaters as intended. This included an IMAX release option as Chloé Zhao crafted different sequences for the expanded IMAX ratio. Since Disney+ recently introduced an IMAX Enhanced viewing option for thirteen MCU movies, including Avengers: Endgame, it is possible that Eternals will also be available to stream in its IMAX format.
As more people get the chance to watch or rewatch Eternals in early 2022, it will be interesting to see if the movie's performance on Disney+ plays any role in determining if it will get a sequel. Marvel Studios hasn't announced Eternals 2 or any Disney+ show spinoffs yet. Some have suggested that a sequel isn't necessary, even though Eternals' cliffhanger ending indicates otherwise. Chloé Zhao is interested in coming back to make another film too, so she and Marvel might want to take another crack at the property in an attempt to fix some of the criticisms the franchise has received so far.
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Source: Streaming Guider
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