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Marvel Presents a Global Utopia and Confronts Nationalism: Eternals as a New Mythology Forged from Western Roots

Independent Researcher, New York, NY 10032, USA
Humanities 2022, 11(3), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/h11030060
Received: 28 February 2022 / Revised: 2 May 2022 / Accepted: 7 May 2022 / Published: 14 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Greek Mythology & Modern Culture: Reshaping Aesthetic Tastes)
Marvel’s 2021 film Eternals presents a new mythology for a new century, for an audience grappling with the complexity of postcolonialism and concerned about resurging white nationalism. Its mythology, while rooted in Western narratives, presents a utopia in the form of a multicultural pantheon, presented by a carefully selected, diverse class. While Marvel undoubtedly has commercial concerns, its careful construction of this new mythology and the considered adaptation process show a moral vision for the future. Importantly, this vision presents a direct contrast to the resurgence of the appropriation of classical mythology as justification for white supremacy. Marvel’s Eternals therefore can be seen as utopian: it offers the perfection of moral predictability, of good triumphing over evil. However, it simultaneously undercuts its story by couching it in the genre of a comic book superhero fantasy adventure–the reality Eternals offers, even fictionally, is beyond ordinary, mortal humans. View Full-Text
Keywords: mythology; utopian; superhero; nationalism; postcolonialism mythology; utopian; superhero; nationalism; postcolonialism
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de Beus, E. Marvel Presents a Global Utopia and Confronts Nationalism: Eternals as a New Mythology Forged from Western Roots. Humanities 2022, 11, 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11030060

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de Beus E. Marvel Presents a Global Utopia and Confronts Nationalism: Eternals as a New Mythology Forged from Western Roots. Humanities. 2022; 11(3):60. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11030060

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de Beus, Emma. 2022. "Marvel Presents a Global Utopia and Confronts Nationalism: Eternals as a New Mythology Forged from Western Roots" Humanities 11, no. 3: 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11030060

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