Russia bans Eternals for minors over gay character

This Marvel movie’s under-18 ban is based on the 2013 “Anti-Gay Propaganda Law” which aims to “protect children from information that promotes the denial of traditional family values.” .

In Russia, the defense of values, to say the least retrograde, is done everywhere, even in the cinema. The Eternals, the first part of a new saga developed by the American franchise, will be banned for children under 18 when it is released in Russia. In question, the character of Phastos. Played by Bryon Tyree Henry, known for his role in the series Atlanta, Phastos will be accompanied on screen by prestigious actors, such as Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington or Angelina Jolie. Openly gay, he is presented as married to another man, played by actor Haaz Sleiman. The two men, parents of a little boy in the film, would even share a kiss in one scene, according to the American cinema site ScreenRant.

This +18 rating is a first in Russia for a Marvel film. A ban based on the “gay propaganda law», Promulgated in 2013. With this text, the government of Vladimir Putin seeks to “Protect children from information that promotes the denial of traditional family values”. In particular, the law prohibits “the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations with minors“. Of which act.

New products and a dream cast

In addition to the first inclusion of a homosexual character in the Marvel Universe, the film will for the first time feature a deaf character, Makkari, played by Lauren Ridloff. Created by Jack Kirby and first appeared in the franchise’s comics in 1976, these superheroes had never before been brought to the screen. Lasting 2h37, this first part is directed by Chloé Zhao, who won the Oscar for best film in 2021 with Nomadland, also Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The action of the film takes place after the events ofAvengers: Endgame. The Eternals are an ancient alien race linked to the Celestials and living hidden among humans for 7,000 years. Faced with the return of the Deviants and the imminent danger it represents, the Eternals emerge from the shadows and assemble again.

The Eternals released on November 3 in France, only in cinemas.


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