Is it us, or does this look …
… kinda gay? We don’t know what it is, but the men are all hot and the women all look like total divas. When they’re all lined up in their rainbow of costumes…
It starts looking like some sort of fabulously queer Avengers. Alas, most of them are cishet, it would seem.
Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” welcomes an exciting new team of Super Heroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, Lia McHugh as the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena. Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman.
Joking aside, Brian Tyree Henry’s character has been confirmed to be gay, making him the first gay superhero character in a major motion picture. We were pleasantly surprised to see a blatantly queer-coded character in Cruella (a rather huge leap forward for the Disney brand), so we have good reason to be optimistic that Marvel won’t fuck this up -especially with recent Oscar winner Chloe Zhao at the helm. You can see the same love of stark, open natural vistas that Zhao put to such effective use in Nomadland — and for which MCU head honcho Kevin Feige was roundly ridiculed when he marveled that she could get such images without the use of speciall effects.
You can see and feel how different this is from the previous Marvel fare. It would seem to us that the recent television shows (WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) are doing smaller stories based off the previous entries in the MCU, but this feels like the first big direction and aesthetic shift in a long time. There’s a naturalism to it, and the cast is the most diverse in a Marvel film yet. Along with Zhao’s clear directorial influence, this looks to be a lot more interesting than anything the MCU has yet attempted.
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