Marvel Studios’ executive Victoria Alonso thanked the critics for his or her reactions, although mostly negative, to the studios’ recent film Eternals. Victoria was delivering a speech about LGBTQ equality and visibility when she mentioned Eternals.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe film featured a various cast and characters identifying with the LGBTQ community. Released earlier this month, Eternals didn’t receive many good reviews.
As reported by Variety, Victoria was presented with the Visionary Award at the Outfest Legacy Awards on Saturday night where she addressed the critics. “We have tried to stir it up and sometimes the critics are not with us. That’s OK. That’s OK. We thank you for being a critic. We thank you for writing about us. and the fans will decide,” she said.
“Diversity and inclusion (are) not a political game for us. it’s 100% a responsibility because you don’t get to own the worldwide success that we’ve given the Walt Disney Company without the support of people round the world of every kind of human there is,” she added.
Besides bad reviews, Eternals also made headlines after the Marvel movie was reportedly banned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman. According to Deadline, censors sought further cuts beyond any scenes of same-sex intimacy scenes within the film. Eternals featured MCU’s first same-sex kiss. However, Disney chose to not make the edits following which distribution certificates were held back.
During a press conference, as reported by news.com.au, Angelina Jolie said, “I’m sad for [those audiences]. And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out.”
She called concerns over the film’s same-sex marriage, between Phastos and Haaz Sleiman, ‘ignorant’. “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there’s still (people who) wouldn’t see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love. How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant,” she added.
Source: Hindustan Times