2023 was not a good year for Marvel superhero films with the reviews getting worse and the box office even more so and the decline arguably started back in 2021 with the release of Eternals. Despite its all star cast and epic scope the reviews were poor and the film made only $402m worldwide at the box office. The fallout from the film affected one of its stars badly and is why Kumail Nanjiani needed therapy after the Eternals according to the star himself
“The reviews were bad, and I was too aware of it,” said Nanjiani, who played Kingo “I was reading every review and checking too much.” The superhero epic is one of Marvel’s worst-reviewed films to date, with a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.
“It was really, really hard because Marvel thought that movie was going to be really, really well reviewed, so they lifted the embargo early and put it in some fancy movie festivals and they sent us on a big global tour to promote the movie right as the embargo lifted,” Nanjiani continued.
Explaining why Kumail Nanjiani needed therapy the star went on to say “I think there was some weird soup in the atmosphere for why that movie got slammed so much, and I think not much of it has to do with the actual quality of the movie,” Nanjiani said. “It was really hard, and that was when I thought it was unfair to me and unfair to [my wife] Emily, and I can’t approach my work this way anymore. Some shit has to change, so I started counseling. I still talk to my therapist about that.”
“We actually just got dinner with somebody else from that movie and we were like, ‘That was tough, wasn’t it?’ and he’s like ‘Yeah, that was really tough,’ and I think we all went through something similar.”
related feature : Eternals reviewed HERE