Eternals: The Apostasy Edit

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Members of a youth missionary group begin to ask deep questions as they grow in maturity.
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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
156
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Fanedit Running Time:
142
Time Cut:
14
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit focuses the narrative on the renunciation, criticism, and eventual opposition to the goals of their god Arishem. IMO this movie was a metaphor for the different ways of questioning authority - misguided soldiers, missionaries, colonizers, etc… these basic concepts are I wanted to elevate.

Using Pink Floyd's "Time" as a jumping off point, this edit also includes new songs from Pearl Jam, Massive Attack, Tool, and the Alan Parson's Project.
Intention:
I was underwhelmed by the original release of this movie. I didn’t hate it, but nothing in it made me actually get INTERESTED. It all just felt… fine. I just never really “felt” for the characters. I mostly wrote the movie off, but after a failed experiment trying to remove the third act all together, I started to care more about the characters while I was playing around, and started to see more of the ‘turning from religion’ similarities. So my first official fanedit dip into the MCU was born.
Additional Notes:
I also have been doing a little researching, and came across this reddit post by someone who also noticed the "missionary" parallels that expresses a sentiment I love: What I didn’t expect was that the film would lean into the idea of Eternals as missionaries. Not the kind of missionaries that we see today, but something from a century or two ago. Small groups of fervent followers of some offshoot sect huddled in meeting in small rooms a la something out of The Master, or settling across the frontier spreading the gospel, bound by a common dogma and spiritual zeal. In that environment, the religious group becomes a sort of extended family, with generations, divisions of labor, relationships, and expectations, both of oneself and others. The Eternals present as one of these ‘missionary families’ and I think the movie does a good job of illustrating the sense of loss and disorientation that happens once that religious mission has no meaning. Ajak is at the top of this family, the spiritual leader who holds the complete faith of her disciples and her directives hold the weight of God itself. (...) All of the personality traits, relationship roles and expectations that the Eternals have ever known have been tightly connected to their faith in Arishem and the mission that he gave them through Ajak. Now that that’s over, who are these people? Who are they to each other? What are they supposed to be doing? Ajak gives the directive to ‘go out and live your lives (I’m paraphrasing)’ but would any of us know what that means if all we had known is one life, one faith, and one mission? The looks on the faces of the rest of the Eternals seems to betray this sense of dislocation and disassociation. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mainstream superhero movie take something like that on, particularly in a way that provides such murky answers. Three of the characters die in the process, one disappears before the big battle, and in the end the group splits. (...) That’s heady stuff, and to me, it’s what makes Eternals such a fascinating movie.
Special Thanks:
Lapis Molari for the inspiration and motivation for a "Battle of the Eternals Edits", and Artisdead, SIUse, Addiesin, LifeInContext for great feedback and ideas!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I really wanted to highlight the stages of apostasy for many people, and through new section title cards and a more chronological scene order, I hope that is achieved. I am also reducing the Deviant plot significantly to reduce the scope of the narrative and keep it more focused.
Cuts and Additions:
Original introduction explanatory text removed, new production credits text added
Arishem’s explanation of the universe used as the intro, some shots slowed with Topaz for better pacing
Angelic chants added to Domo introduction
Removed Sersi first dialogue “It’s Beautiful”
Removed father putting obviously fake fish in a bag (he just killed it, and not even a wiggle)
Tightened up initial fight scene to remove lingering camera shots of Eternals (we’ll get to know them all soon enough)
Removed Ajax healing Icarus (for pacing)
Removed Ajax allowing Sersi to reach out to humans
Moved Babylon Scenes to right after Marvel Intro reel, continued Pink Floyd’s “Time” song
Added “575 BC Babylon” text to beginning of Babylon fight scene
Added more sound FX for Kingo’s fireball shots.
Removed the original “575 BC Babylon” text with Topaz, added Eternals Title at same point
Added more angelic tones for Ajax’s scene with Arishem, and trimmed the dialogue a tiny bit to remove the “status update.”
Added “Stage One - Truth” title card to transition from Ajax and Arishem to The Domo
Added a guitar cover of “Clair de Lune” for the scene inside the Domo when Phastos introduces the steam engine.
Moved up some shots of Icarus and Sersi flirting before Icarus asks Ajax for permission
added score "The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian" flowing from Sersi and Ikaris flirting into the party scene, leaving only the admission of feelings until after.
removed Ajax telling Icarus to admit his feelings to Sersi
Removed “I am beautiful” translation error interaction between Icarus and Sersi” and her gift of the rock, and removed their sex scene. (Hopefully implying their love grows slower)
Moved Tenochtitlan scenes to right after the wedding
new title card “Stage Two - Doubt” added to Tenochtitlan scene introduction
Tenochtitlan scenes brightened
Recut scene with Gilgamesh assuming responsibility for Athena after Ajax tells the rest of the Eternals to go live their own lives (for better pacing and easier transition to modern times.)
Moved Present Day London Scenes to after Tenochtitlan scene
used Pearl Jam’s “Release Me” as the transition music to Present Day London
added “Stage Three - Growth” title card to London introduction
Added Massive Attack’s Angel intro beats to Deviants first London intro with the bum and his dog
Slightly tightened when a Deviant first spots Sersi, Sprite and Dane (for pacing)
Added Massive Attack’s “Angel” to London Deviant encounter
Trimmed Sersi and Sprite jumping up to bridge level a little bit
Removed Sersi turning bus into flower petals
Added laser eyes to Ikaris exiting damaged shop
Used Topaz to enlarge and recross shot of Dane, Sersi and Sprite regrouping after Ikaris’s arrival
Removed Dane introducing himself to Icarus, cuts straight to “Well, I guess you must be the pilot.”
London scenes followed by South Dakota
“Stage Four - Questions” title card to present day South Dakota
South Dakota present day scenes brightened
South Dakota’s “Present Day” text removed with Topaz and After Effects
Added Angelic death song theme to Ajax’s death
Trimmed out Ikaris insinuating that Sersi’s interaction with Arishem was just mahd wy'ry
South Dakota scenes followed by Mumbai
Mumbi “Present Day” text removed with Topaz Upscaling to crop out text, and added "Mumbai" back in
Some Mumbi scenes brightened
Removed on plane Sersi’s mention she changes rocks into wood (too close to turning a deviant into a tree)
Sersi and Arishem scene tightened, universe origin removed from here and moved to intro
trimmed some of Arishem’s exposition to Sersi
Added “Stage Five - Answers” card after Arishem’s revelation
Kingo’s mention about memories trimmed out of candlelit scene
Dane trying to call Sersi the first time in the Amazon removed
Amazon scenes after Druig church room discussion brightened
Amazon fight scene with Deviants rescored with Tool’s “Schism” until Sersi turns a Deviant into a tree
Amazon fight scene re-edited for pacing, Kingo and Sprite against a deviant now comes before Sersi and Druig's followers sequence
Trimmed Sprite saying "Young Man" to Karun
Trimmed Sprite's time stabbing the Deviant, and removed Kingo's "Dashoom" line for better pacing
Trimmed Druig telling his followers to head to the caves
Enhanced scoring for Gilgamesh’s fight with the Deviant when saving Thena
Removed any of Gilgamesh’s dialogue after the Deviant sinks the power-sucking tentacles (to match Ajax’s quick death)
Deviant dialogue removed from Amazon scene when it evolves
Angelic death song theme added to Gilgamesh’s death after fight
Removed Sersi looking at Icarus during funeral shots
Removed Sersi discussing Deviant consciousness with Druig
Added Japanese music during Hiroshima flashback
Removed Phastos saying he was the cause of the atom bomb, instead just being disappointed by humans
Removed “Present Day” from Chicago intro scene by cropping and up scaling with Topaz
Trimmed “superman” reference in Chicago
Removed Ikea reference, added frames of hallway to extend Phastos’s reaction to the broken table
Added “Stage Six - Apostasy” title card as Eternals arrive in Iraq
Removed comment that Makkari disappeared for centuries
Removed Makkari and Kingo discussion about DVDs
Removed mention that Phastos was inspired by Deviants stealing their powers
Added deleted scene of Sprite and Makkari in Iraq, used Topaz to upscale to 4K, and enhanced audio from Stereo to 5.1
Trimmed Sersi and Icarus discussion in the canyon
Moved Ajax and Icarus flashback in South Dakota to after Sersi asks why Ajax didn’t choose Icarus to replace her
trimmed Ajax explaining why the changed her mind about humans
Removed Ajax and Ikaris walking in the Alaska forest
Trimmed Ikaris and Ajax dialogue in Alaska
removed Phastos working alone on the Unimind
Removed team suiting up in the Domo before final fight
Removed shot of Druig being buried by Icarus eyebeam
Removed Thena, Phastos and Sersi fighting debris
Tightened interaction of Sersi and Phastos before she takes off alone to Tiamut
Removed some parts of fight with Icarus
Removed most Deviant talking to Thena as she enters the cave, added line from Amazon here - “I will kill you all for what you have done to my kind”
Tightened dialogue with Deviant and Thena just before she kills it, removed her “I remember” line after (in favor of silent reflection)
Slightly reordered scenes when Thena leaves the cave
trimmed ikarus escaping Phastos’s chains
Reordered of shots of Icarus remembering times with Sersi, and removed Sersi initiating Ikaris to remember
removed Ikaris looking back at the earth before flying into the sun
Added “Stage Seven - Dawn” title card to South Dakota epilogue scene
Removed babysitting dialogue between Phastos and Thena
Removed Sersi berating Sprite about her phone addiction
Removed Kingo seeing Dane
Sersi and Danes dialogue about a giraffe removed.
Swapped shots of Eternals with Arishem so that we see Phastos first, then Kingo. Their eyes are whitened to seem like they are in robot mode, so Arishem is only talking to Sersi now.
Arishem’s dialogue to Sersi trimmed to be more threatening.
Dane’s reaction from the ground removed.
“To be continued” text added
Alan Parson's Project’s “Games People Play” song used for first half of credits.
Credits reordered and speed sometimes changed to better match the music
Removed Thena saying they need to go back to Earth.
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9.4
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9.8(4)
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9.8(4)
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I want to start off by saying that the intention for this edit is excellent, and many of the stated goals are reached. The narrative is great though sort of sudden to start due to a lack of scenes set in the past within the theatrical release itself, but there's not much that can be done there. What is done largely works, but I do have some issues that didn't make the edit "unwatchable" but leave it personally unsuitable as a replacement for the original cut.

As many have noted, there are some concerns with the audio. It was noticeable in some of the transitions as well as within the scenes where soundtracks are added. The transition from the rock song in the early battle leading to Ajak's communication with Arishem and the accompanying song there was jarring. Another scene that comes to mind in this regard is the one with Makari and Sprite talking, where there seemed to be some intermittent static. Maybe it's a personal thing, as well as something that goes against your vision for the edit, but I also just found the added music to mostly be distracting. Particularly at the start of the movie, but also throughout, it feels like there aren't any scenes that are allowed to be largely silent, dialogue aside. One very cool moment with the music, though, was when it cut off as Ikarus arrives to save Sersi, Sprite, and Dane.

Another very nice detail that was tied to some concerns I had was when it was the stage of apostesy, because I didn't much like the stages (partly due to the different font from the subs and the establishing text), but I absolutely loved the mapping that allowed Sprite to walk past the text. That looked excellent and deserves props. Even still, though, I feel that the stages might be better used in discussion of intention and outcomes rather than as a visual for the film itself. My final issue for the film, really, is the fade to white that was used in numerous transitions. It reminded me that the movie I was watching was a fan edit, rather than an edit -- if that makes sense.

The addition of some of the deleted scenes and the reorganization of the film's structure were great decisions. What absolutely worked for me was the prologue with Arishem's narration.. excellent. The only one I had any issue with was with the flashback to Ajak's death because of its placement feeling kind of odd, but the transition to Ikarus looking at Sersi was done very well.

Overall, I really appreciate your creativity and the work put into this edit. I have to default to the original, though, because the fact that it is an edit feels noticeable in a few ways that leave me a bit dissatisfied. However, I wholly recommend this edit so that the approach you took to editing Eternals can be seen, because it still resulted in a better overall narrative in comparison to the original release.

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This edit is wonderful.
Presenting the film in a chronological order works wonderfully, in my opinion, compared to the theatrical cut. It really helps us see the team's dynamic evolve through the years. Furthermore, the extended scenes help us care more about the characters - more than the TC for sure, but I think that even more than the Chronological Cut. This is a major plus for an ensemble film such as Eternals.
The new soundtrack was a hit-and-miss for me. I love each of the songs separately, but I'm not sure I understand why they were chosen for those scenes. Additionally, there were notable audio differences in some of the deleted scenes.
Basing the narrative on the principles of Apostasy through doubt and dissent worked very well, and focuses the plot around the characters' journey. However, I was not fond of the usage of title cards. The terminology felt too different from the script.
All in all, my criticism is fairly minor. This edit is highly recommended, as it transforms the mediocre theatrical cut into an enjoyable film.

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Simply an enjoyable edit to watch! The Excellent music that was added made the film more enjoyable than the original one. Recommended highly!!

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Simply incredible. The Eternals is a movie I saw twice in the theaters, and I wanted to love it so bad. But there were always a few things that took me out. Mainly, the pacing. It's more noticeable on each re-watch, and a few other things really damage my enjoyment of the original cut. But almost all of those issues are remedied here!

This is the version of Eternals I didn't know I wanted. I love the new opening sequence that doesn't give the Eternals a false mission. It sets up Arishem as an imposing and possibly malicious force from the start. The new structure of scenes, and chosen deleted scenes, add so much to the development of the characters, I found myself caring so much more by the final act.

The creative decision to focus on the religious angle is brilliant and really gives the film a much needed tonal focus. This now feels like a truly different kind of Marvel movie, while still playing into the lore of the MCU.

The only things that I docked points for were a few audio transitions that were a bit jarring, and some deleted scenes where the audio mix is not as clear as the rest of the movie. Very miniscule problems that didn't take me out at all!

On a personal note, I really like the deleted scene of Dane Whitman and Sprite and would love to see that incorporated here. I understand why it wasn't included, but I appreciate the extra screen time for those characters.

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