This month, the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie came out: Eternals. The galactic film showcased the New Collection of Heroes, a team of secret protectors who have healed and nurtured humanity over the centuries – but it looks like the favor has not been returned. This week it was announced that Eternals will not air in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait as it is a scene with two men kissing.
Jolie condemned the decision to end Eternals racing in those countries.
She said: “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there are still [people who] wouldn’t see Phastos’ family and the beauty of that relationship and that love.
“How someone is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve of it or appreciate it is ignorant.” (Via news.com.au)
The 46-year-old also said she was “sad for the public” in countries that have banned the film.
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Jolie later said she was “proud of Marvel for refusing to cut these scenes.”
This is the American star’s first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and she does so in good company.
She is joined by Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington.
Although Eternals have been banned from these countries, it looks like they would get screening privileges if the gay kissing scenes were removed.
The couple have since adopted a son together.
This isn’t the first time Marvel has included an LGBTQ + character, but it’s the first time he’s been included so visibly.
This is not the first time that a Disney film has been banned in a country in the Middle East.
Last year, the Disney Pixar movie Onward was banned in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar.
The animated adventure film was banned for a line of dialogue referring to a lesbian relationship.
Eternals is the first MCU movie to continue the ever-expanding narrative plot since Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The next movie to do so is Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is slated for release next month.
Eternals is now in theaters.
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