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Is Eternals Available To Watch Online? | Screen Rant

Marvel's latest movie, Eternals, is hitting theaters, but is it also available to watch online? Director Chloé Zhao's entry into the MCU is arguably Marvel's biggest and most ambitious undertaking yet, bigger even in some ways than Avengers: Endgame. The story unfolds on a split timeline, with half of it jumping forward through ancient history, and half set in the present day. It's certainly the most adult of the MCU's movies, featuring its first (admittedly PG-13) sex scene, deeper themes, and perhaps maturer humor than one might expect from a Marvel film.

It tells the story of the Eternals, an ancient race of aliens sent to Earth by the Celestials thousands of years ago in order to watch over the planet and protect it from the Eternals' longstanding enemies, the Deviants. As the Earth's protectors and guides, the Eternals have subtly shaped human history since their arrival in ancient Mesopotamia, but have avoided directly interfering in the matters of humanity, not even global wars or genocide. When the Deviants suddenly start reappearing and it leads to a stunning revelation, the Eternals must decide where they stand–or if they want to take a stand at all.

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There's a palpable sense of curiosity around Eternals' release as audiences sense that it is ushering in something wholly new to the MCU. That may lead one to think it will be released online as well as in theaters, but such is not the case. For now, Eternals will only be available in theaters. The size and scale of the movie make it well worth seeing in theaters, but for those who can't make it to their local movie theater or who are still a bit Covid-hesitant, Eternals should be available to stream online on Disney+ after its exclusive 45-day theatrical window. That means it should be hitting the Disney+ streaming platform on or around December 20th.

The success of movies like Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and even Sony's Venom: Let There Be Carnage has shown that there is an appetite for superhero blockbusters and that audiences are more than willing to turn out to see them. Black Widow's second-weekend dropoff especially illustrates the folly of sending Marvel movies to Disney+ on a simultaneous day-and-date theatrical and streaming release. Making Eternals a theatrical exclusive is a smart move by Disney.

Still, Eternals is a bit of a swing for Marvel, which is why its estimated Disney+ online release is perfect timing for Disney and Marvel. The Marvel brand is near-bulletproof, but with brand-new characters, there may be some audiences, especially those with younger kids, who would prefer to watch Eternals at home rather than head to theaters. Eternals being available online on the Disney+ platform just in time for Christmas gives families plenty of opportunities to gather together to watch it during the holiday downtime, as well as luring audiences who already saw it in theaters but want to see it again.

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