The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe project, Eternals, is said to be banned in many countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, according to sources. It seems that the reason behind this is the gay relationship that was portrayed in the movie. Read on to learn more!
The MCU-released movie comes after the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in September. The film focuses on the heroes who have just entered as Earth’s new line of defense.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reason Chloe Zhao’s (Eternals) directing was banned in the gulf was because of Brian Tyree Henry’s gay relationship with Phastos and Ben (played by Haaz Sleiman) in the film. Phastos is a member of the Eternals who is a weapons inventor and technology expert and is seen sharing a child with her husband Ben. This is the first same-sex couple to appear in the MCU.
The THR also stated that the edit requests were made by local censorship groups that were shut down by Disney. The film was expected to air on November 11 throughout the Gulf. The film is still expected to premiere on giant screens in the United Arab Emirates.
Written by Zhao, Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo, Eternals brings out a new group of superheroes, who have resided on earth, hidden for 7000 years. Created by beings called Celestials, they were tasked with protecting the land from the Deviants, their deformed and evil counterparts.
Eternals stars a talented cast of actors including Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Gil Birmingham, Harish Patel and Kit Harington.
However, the film has not thrilled critics, as it has a ‘rotten’ score of 51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. This is after 225 reviews. The critical consensus reads, “An ambitious superhero epic that rises as often as it tries, Eternals takes the MCU in intriguing and sometimes confusing new directions.”
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