While the film The Eternals faces several uprisings from Internet users and certain countries, one of Marvel’s biases is causing beneficial reactions in a certain type of audience.
A complicated start.
The release of the latest Marvel movie, The Eternals, was accompanied by several issues. First, criticism has been split on the feature film. Some blame him for a too extensive cast, or the fact that the presence of many characters the screen time of their colleagues.
The question of the treatment of minorities is also at the center of certain controversies. The presence of a black and gay character, and a rather androgynous one, sparked a lot of reactions on the web, with some accusing the film of promoting woke thought, when others argue that diversity is cynically used as a marketing element in film. Whether or not this served the film (we’ll leave you to be the judge), the point is that diversity is at the heart of the project The Eternals.
Lauren Ridloff, the pioneer
For the sake of diversity, Marvel also cast actress Lauren Ridloff, aka Makkari, The MCU’s first hard of hearing superhero. Through this salutary performance of the actress, we notice that she aroused a new interest in sign language. Indeed, according to research by the online tutoring platform Preply (via The Independent), searches for “learn sign language for beginners” have known a peak of 250% over the past year. These statistics go hand in hand with the interest in the actress, also hard of hearing in life.
The latter also spoke with the New York Times on the film, and shared her experience of what it’s like to be a hearing-impaired actress on a film set, and in the cinema industry in general
I came to the set believing I had to prove myself, and show how easy it is to work with a deaf person. I was afraid of appearing too fragile. But after working with everyone, I realized that everyone has their own challenges and that I need to think about what I can offer as a full-fledged actress, and not apologize for it. “
Hollywood finally understands why it is so important to promote diversity. We need deaf writers and creative talents involved in the planning process of film projects. When you have deaf performers on and off stage, from the team to the makeup artists, it feels like it naturally leads to a more authentic portrayal on screen. “
Still too little represented in cinema, actors and actresses who are deaf or hard of hearing could, thanks to actress Lauren Ridloff, be promised more roles in the future.
Diversity is disturbing, but finally seems to be here in mainstream cinema
Such inclinations for inclusion that did not please Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Qatar, who decided to censor the 26th feature film of the MCU. First of all, the presence of a homosexual character as the main character was not appreciated by the censorship committees of the countries cited. Next, The Eternals featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first sex scene has also come under heavy criticism.
For her part, Angelina Jolie, the interpreter of Thena, said this about diversity in an MCU film at the microphone of Variety, at the world premiere of The Eternals: “Why did it take so long? When we arrived, all together, we didn’t feel like it was new and cool. I felt like that was how it always should have been. “
Available since November 3, Chloé Zhao’s feature film is in any case still to be seen in cinemas.
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