Marvel Eternal is loaded with a mature rating in Russia because of its openly gay superhero. Following the box office success of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, The MCU will return to theaters once again in November with Eternal. The millennium-spanning film was originally scheduled for release last year, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed it until 2021. Like Shang-chi, Eternal it will receive an exclusive theatrical release and hopefully continue to drive the recovery of the domestic box office. Helping the film’s prospects is its star-studded cast and director, Chloé Zhao, who made history earlier this year by winning the Best Director award at the Oscars.
Eternal It ranks among the MCU’s most diverse projects to date, between its inclusive set and its earliest. In addition to having the franchise’s first deaf hero in Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari, Eternal has his first openly gay character. Brian Tyree Henry plays Phastos, one of the Eternals who creates the team’s weapons and technology. It has been confirmed that she is married to another man and the two will reportedly share an on-screen kiss. After years of fans calling for genuine LGBTQ representation in the MCU, Eternal it has the potential to be a big step forward.
And yet he is receiving slight pushback from Russia for this. According to Metro Cinema, a Russian cinema site, Eternal has been rated for over 18s, which is the country’s mature equivalent and is considered “prohibited for children. “For the sake of comparison, for Direct, most MCU movies receive a 12+ (The Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp) or a 16+ (Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow) in Russia, making Eternal the first to go higher. The country has done this before for gay content in movies, as it gave Forest ranger a rating of 18+ also in 2017.
If this also means that Russia will remove some of the scenes from Eternal It remains to be seen that it outwardly represents Phastos’s sexuality, although there has been precedence for this in other countries. For example, the brief lesbian kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker it was removed in countries like the United Arab Emirates in 2019. Censorship like this or rating a movie higher simply because it includes LGBTQ content is disappointing, particularly since projects with straight romances never get the same treatment.
Nevertheless, Eternal is already on the way to launch. The film, which features a cast that includes the likes of Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, is one of the most anticipated of the fall and promises to be different from previous Marvel films. In regards to his inclusive group of characters, Eternal comes months later Loki confirmed that Tom Hiddleston’s main character is bisexual, a move that was praised by fans but also viewed by some as not enough in LGBTQ representation. Eternal it can continue to propel the franchise towards real positive change, although it will be up to the fans to decide if it is a success in that area.
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