In an interview with IndieWire Chloé Zhao told about censorship of her film’s gay moments “I don’t know all the details but I do believe discussions were had and there’s a big desire from Marvel and myself — we talked about this — to not change the cut of the movie. Fingers crossed.”
Before she signed on as director, Zhao said that presenting the MCU’s first openly lesbian superhero was already “built into the plot.” “As Phastos’ tale unfolds throughout the film, he is someone who only sees mankind as a whole and believes that technology will fix the problem.” He obviously lost trust in us as a result of some really difficult things we’ve done. To restore the face of humanity, he had to stop looking at us as a whole and instead focus on one person he loves and one kid. It’s like turning on the news and thinking everything is hopeless, then going home and looking at our partner and child and saying, ‘Well, this is actually worth fighting for.’
After the film is released, there will be further discussion occurs for the question she replied “But I think the desire to do something different is a very natural desire for where Marvel Studios is right now. I think it’s like Westerns coming into the revisionist period of the 70s. I think it’s happening to superhero films — or at least we’re on the edge of that. And so these scenes just started to happen naturally.”
“For us to be able to show two people who love each other, not just emotionally and intellectually but also physically, and to have a sex scene that will be seen by a lot of people that shows their love and compassion and gentleness — I think it’s a really beautiful thing.”
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Eternals will hit the theaters on 5 November 2021.