Last weekend, I saw the latest film in the MCU, Marvel's "Eternals." Written and directed by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao, "Eternals" is about the eponymous race of super-powered beings, who must save humans from destruction by a race of alien Deviants. And, while the plot seems to reflect the typical Marvel film at first glance, "Eternals" is actually a slow-moving, philosophical thought experiment that I personally loved from a writing perspective. However, after reading the current discourse surrounding the film, where critics and fans alike panned the film, I was reminded of another maligned film, Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi," another film from the Mouse House I unabashedly love. I thought about why these films may garner such a fan backlash, and I think I figured it out.
Earlier today, Kumail Nanjiani, one of the stars of the latest MCU film "Eternals," congratulated his co-star Lauren Ridloff on galvanizing a global interest in sign language due to her role as the first deaf superhero portrayed on the big screen. The two are part of a star-studded ensemble cast that includes the likes of Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Barry Keoghan.
Superstar Angelina Jolie has spoken out regarding how proud she is of Marvel for refusing to bow to censors in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait with their film, "Eternals." Reportedly, censors in these Gulf nations put pressure on Marvel to cut scenes featuring Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos, the first openly gay hero depicted in the MCU.
A new trailer has just dropped for the highly-anticipated movie "Eternals" on Monday. Despite rumors that Harry Styles is joining the movie, with fans going crazy on social media, there's still no confirmation that he's going to even be part of it.