HOLLYWOOD – It’s the first feature film for the studio with title superheroes who are South Asian (Kumail Nanjiani’s Kingo), Latina (Salma Hayek’s Ajak), deaf (Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari) and LGBTQ (Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos). It’s the first to feature a same-sex kiss, between Phastos and his husband, Ben (Haaz Sleiman).
And it’s the first Marvel Studios movie to feature two characters having sex on screen.
With superheroes continuing to dominate mass culture for the foreseeable future, it’s unclear whether the sex scene in “Eternals” is the exception to the genre’s vow of chastity, or a harbinger of a more liberated approach to sexuality on screen. One possible hint at what’s to come: In 2022, Marvel will release the fourth “Thor” movie with this eyebrow-raising subtitle: “Love and Thunder.” – VARIETY