While Marvel Studios is going to release The Eternals in less than two weeks from now, featuring the most diverse cast seen in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film in its history of 13 years, the film producer Nate Moore shares his thought on the approach to diversity and LGBTQ+ representation in the superhero epic.
Moore explained during a visit to the set of Eternals in early 2020, that one of the main purposes the film was given a go-ahead by the studio was because it was meant to feature such a diverse cast. "Frankly, personally, I think diversity is important, I think as filmmakers we want our audience reflected on the screen, and I think the great thing about Eternals is, it's just part of the narrative without having to talk about it. The Eternals were, to some degree, selected for this mission partially they could integrate into an Earth that does have sort of a sprawling identity in a very easy way, because they do look like — not everybody, but there is a nice cross-section there. We wanted it to feel both like a natural extension of the storytelling, but also just a way for audience members — and kids, especially — to see themselves on screen maybe for the first time."
He added by saying that the characters in the superhero squad Eternals are just naturally the way they are. "Again, we think it's just who these people are," Moore added. "It doesn't have to be the whole story, because, in life, that's not the whole story of anybody. I think it just feels more real. As storytellers, we're better storytellers if it's just part of who somebody is. It's very much a part of this movie, but the movie's not about that. It's just who the characters are."
These comments echos that of Marvel Studios producer Victoria Alonso, who said that the superhero franchise is going to come up with more LGBTQ+ superheroes in its future films. "There's a lot that we have coming up that I think will be representative of the world of today. We're not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or third movie, or the first show or second show, but we will do our best to consistently try to represent," she said.
In addition to Nate Moore as the producer of Marvel Studios The Eternals, the film has a cast list full of superstars like Salma Hayek in the role of Ajak, Angelina Jolie in the role of Thena, Brian Tyree Henry in the role of Phastos, Richard Madden in the role of Ikaris, Gemma Chan in the role of Sersi, Lauren Ridloff in the role of Makkari, Lia McHugh in the role of Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani in the role of Kingo, Barry Keoghan in the role of Druig, Don Lee in the role of Gilgamesh, Kit Harington in the role of Dane Whitman with additional actors including Harish Patel, Haaz Steiman as Phastos' husband, Ozer Ercan as a smuggler and Zain Al Rafeea in an unknown role. The film is arriving in theatres on 5th November.