Eternals Director Explains Importance Of MCU’s First Sex Scene
Eternals director Chloe Zhao discusses the importance of the MCU’s first sex scene – and the considerations that helped make it a reality.
WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for Eternals, in theaters November 5.
One of the major stories from the world premiere of Eternals is that the Marvel Studios film, directed by Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, features a brief sex scene between two main characters. This is of note, as this is the very first sex scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (not counting Marvel TV’s Netflix dramas).
Zhao discussed the MCU’s first big-screen sex scene during a recent interview with IndieWire, explaining its meaning, as well as the considerations which led to its realization. “From that moment to what you see on the screen, there has certainly been a lot of talk about how to do it,” she said. “But I think the desire to do something different is a very natural desire to know where Marvel Studios are right now. I think it’s like westerns are entering the revisionist period of the 70s. think it happens in superhero movies – or at least we’re on the borderline of that. And so those scenes started to happen naturally. “
Zhao continued, “So that we can show two people who love each other, not only emotionally and intellectually but also physically, and to have a sex scene that will be seen by many people that shows their love, compassion and compassion. sweetness – I think that’s a very beautiful thing. “
The scene in question is said to be brief and is probably not particularly self-explanatory, given Eternals‘Dimension PG-13. Nonetheless, it still marks an important first for Marvel Studios, which has largely avoided portraying gender in its films until now. This is not the only first Eternals brings to the table either.
Zhao’s film also establishes the character of Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry, as the MCU’s first openly gay superhero (again, Marvel’s pre-Disney + TV plans notwithstanding). Notably, both EternalsPhastos’ sex scene and sexual orientation were part of the treatment Zhao read before signing on to direct the film.
Seeing how Eternals Introducing Marvel Studios’ first LGBT hero on the big screen, Zhao hopes the final film will remain intact and his gay moments will not be censored in order to appease some overseas markets. “I don’t know all the details, but I think there has been some discussion and there is a great desire from Marvel and myself – we talked about this – not to change the cut of the film,” she declared. “Crossed fingers.”
Eternals hits theaters on Friday, November 5.
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