Eternals Receives Mature Rating In Russia By Openly Gay Superhero, Marvel Eternals is loaded with a mature rating in Russia because of its openly gay superhero. Following the blockbuster Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the MCU will once again return to theaters in November with Eternals. The film, which spans a millennium, was originally slated for release last year, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed it until 2021. Like Shang-Chi , Eternalsit 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.
Eternos is among the MCU’s most diverse projects to date, between its inclusive set and the first. In addition to having the franchise’s first deaf hero in Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari, Eternals has its 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, Eternos has the potential to be a huge step forward.
And yet he is receiving slight pushback from Russia for this. According to Metro de Kino , a Russian film site, Eternos has been rated for over 18s, which is the country’s mature equivalent and is considered “ forbidden for children . “For the sake of comparison, for The Direct , most MCU movies receive a 12+ ( The Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp ) or a 16+ ( Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow ) in Russia, doing Eternal the first to go higher. The country has done this before for gay content in movies, giving Rangers an 18+ rating in 2017 as well.
Whether this also means Russia will remove some of the scenes from Eternals It remains to be seen whether it externally depicts 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 was removed in countries like the United Arab Emirates in 2019. Censoring like this or rating a movie higher simply because it includes LGBTQ content is disappointing, particularly since the projects with romances heterosexuals never receive the same treatment.
However, Eternals is already on its 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 its inclusive group of characters, Eternals comes months after Loki confirmed that Tom Hiddleston’s main character is bisexual, a move that was praised by fans but also seen by some as not enough in LGBTQ representation. Eternals can continue to propel the franchise towards real positive change, though it will be up to fans to decide if it is a success in that area.