The actress came out at the crossroads of criticism of the film that shows the first openly gay superhero. Look what he said.
Eternals premiered last week and with it came a new controversy. Apparently, the problem that many fans had with the new Marvel installment is that the film shows the first openly gay superhero. For the same reason, in addition, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar banned it. Angelina Jolie , who plays the character of Thena in the film, was the one who quickly showed her disgust with homophobic attitudes and comments. “I am sad for those people. And at the same time I am very proud that Marvel refused to eliminate those scenes,” she told Australian media News.com .
“I still don’t understand how we live in today’s world, where there are still people who can’t tolerate seeing the family that Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) has and the beauty of that relationship and that love. How anyone can be angry about it or feel like it is a threat to their children. Anyone who does not approve or appreciate it is ignorant, “said the actress. In the film, Phastos is married to Ben ( Haaz Sleiman ) and the two share a kiss during a scene. Disney and Marvel reportedly refused to edit the film to remove that scene when asked to do so by the Saudi Arabian, Kuwait and Qatari film commissions.
Previously, in an interview with IndieWire , Chloé Zhao – the director of Eternos – had commented that some discussions took place with Marvel and Disney about not cutting the film to appease censors around the world. The filmmaker said at the time: “I don’t know all the details, but I think there were discussions and there is a great desire on the part of Marvel and myself – we talked about this – not to change the cut of the film. I cross my fingers that it is so. ” .
The introduction of the MCU’s first openly gay superhero was already “written in the script” before Zhao signed on as director. In the movie, Phastos re-learns to love humanity once his family is threatened by the appearance of the evil Deviants. In his interview, Zhao said that having the opportunity to tell this particular narrative thread made the film even more special.