Eternals is the next Marvel Studios movie in theaters and fans are eager for its arrival. Directed by Chloé Zhao and starring a cast of big stars, this superhero adventure introduces us to completely new characters in the lore of the MCU who haven’t had a chance to shine until now. But although all Marvel movies are a worldwide success thanks to their family classifications, it seems that in Russia things will not be this way with Eternals. New information reveals that the film has been flagged as adult content in the world’s largest nation.
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Although 2020 was a hollow year for the superhero industry, 2021 stands as a powerful bastion of the genre. During the last months and weeks we have watched the premieres of several movies and series, both from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. with DC Films, but in the fierce competition for the supremacy of the business it is the MCU who is ahead: they already demonstrated it with Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95%, and everything seems to indicate that with Eternals things will be the same. But not in Russia.
According to information from The Direct (via Comicbook), Russia has given an age rating to Eternals, and this is the first time that something like this has happened in that territory. No other Marvel Studios film has been flagged as 18+ content, and the reason is easy to imagine. Eternals will present the first openly homosexual superhero in the MCU and Russia is still a very conservative country on the LGBT issue, so much so that the community still does not enjoy rights such as civil union or legal protection against discrimination.
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Brian Tyree Henry will play Phastos, the first gay hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 39-year-old actor is delighted to have the opportunity to represent the LGBT community in a major Marvel Studios film, and fans are in awe of the prospect. Haaz Sleiman, who plays Phastos’s husband, spoke to Logo about the kiss he shared with Tyree on the set of Eternals. Here are his words from the previous year:
It is a beautiful and very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. It is very important to me to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be. Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and he brought so much beauty to this role, and there was a time when I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to remember that in the queer community we were all children in a point. We forget it because we are always described as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect in that human part.
Yes Shang-chi was able to achieve a huge box office with a virtually unknown star, things should be going well for Eternals from Chloé zhao. Marvel Studios couldn’t be more proud to have worked with an Oscar-winning filmmaker for Best Director and they are making the most of it in each of their promo. It is the first time that the company has among its ranks an award-winning name in the awards season.
Eternals will introduce a handful of superheroes who were held off the fight against Thanos by very specific instruction. Now they are back to defend Earth from a familiar threat and we will finally get a chance to see them in action. The film will hit theaters on November 5 to surely become the number one of the weekend.
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