Marvel Studios The Eternals is finally going to introduce the superhero fans to long-anticipated ten new superhero characters who have been secretly living on planet Earth for thousands of years, when it arrives in theatres in less than two weeks, on 5th November, the studio has already announced in 2019 that the superhero epic will feature a gay superhero Phastos, played by actor Brian Tyree Henry, who will romance with Haaz Sleiman's character in the film. The film director Chloé Zhao while recently speaking with IndieWire in an interview shared her thoughts on the fact that how her blockbuster movie will bring the MCU's first gay superhero into live-action. Zhao also touched upon that the studio and the team working behind the screen on the film is trying their best to avoid the censorship of the sex scenes between the gay superheroes overseas.
Zhao said that there has been a lot of discussions around the scenes depicting Phastos among the heads in the studio and they are hopeful that the scenes will not be cut out from the film when it releases in theatres next month. "I don't know all the details but I do believe discussions were had and there's a big desire from Marvel and myself - we talked about this - to not change the cut of the movie. Fingers crossed.”
Zhao also discussed about Brian Tyree Henry’s superhero character Phastos. “The way Phastos' story plays out in the film is that he's someone who only sees humanity as a whole and believes that technology's going to solve the problem. Obviously, he lost faith in us for some very tough things that we've done. And then he had to stop looking at us as a whole and look at one person he falls in love with, and one child, to regain the face of humanity. It's like us turning on the news and thinking it's completely hopeless and then going home, looking at our lover and our child and going like, 'Well actually this is worth fighting for,'" Zhao shared.
She added, "To position that family in that specific situation and to have that moment feel authentic and real... the audience has to feel that to care. Otherwise, there's no point in putting that onscreen because they don't feel it."
Along with Chloé Zhao as the director of The Eternals, it features big superstars like Salma Hayek in the role of Ajak, Angelina Jolie in the role of Thena, Brian Tyree Henry in the role 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. Patrick Burleigh alongside Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo works as the screenplay writer on the film with the story written by Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo.