LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel’s new movie “Eternal” breaks the mold in an area the studio has avoided for years: sex between superheroes.
This is the first time in 26 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that an intimate marital moment between two characters has been explicitly shown. The scene – performed by Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao – hit the headlines ahead of the film’s theatrical release on Friday.
But Richard Madden, who stars as Icaris, said that any title focused on superhero sex is “just kind of bullshit.” He calls his character and Gemma Chan’s love scene involving Cersei an “intimate moment”.
“We’re trying to tell a love story and we’re trying to show the intimacy and humility of people who have been together for many, many years,” Madden said of her characters, who were in love thousands of years ago. happened. Babylonian Empire. He added that the scene is “a big part of the beginning of their relationship”.
The couple are members of a race of immortal beings who have spent 7,000 years on Earth protecting the world from rivals called goddesses.
“It’s a beautiful insight into this world,” he continued. “And you know, in our minds as actors, I think it’s a lot less about superheroes and more about two characters sharing an intimate moment.”
The film won the weekend box office, grossing $71 million domestically, but has divided critics and audiences more than any previous Marvel Studios film.
Previous Marvel projects haven’t featured sexually suggestive scenes – especially since most of those movies appeal to child audiences. 2008’s “Iron Man” featured a one-night stand between Tony Stark and a journalist, but nothing risky was shown.
“Eternal” holds a PG-13 rating, partly because of “brief sexuality.”
Salma Hayek, who plays the superhero Ajak, calls Zhao a very “elegant filmmaker”. He said that the director has a different perspective on love and sex.
There’s an elegance to it, said Salma Hayek, who believes the scene fits in with the film’s overall themes, including a same-sex kiss. The actor said that the film explores love and it ” in different areas”.
Hayek continued, “It is a love between a man and a woman, a love between a man and a man.” “Love of Duty. Love of Planet Earth, Love of Friendship, Love of Parenthood. You know, it explores love in so many different ways. Why wouldn’t there be a love scene.”