Eternals is the MCU’s 26th film. Photo / Supplied
In the 25 films released so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has been a lot of sexual chemistry.
Even more flirtation, chamber eyes, innuendos and double meanings. And before Pepper, we were tricked into believing Tony Stark was the randy type.
But what has never happened before is a real sex scene.
Iron Man was the closest, with Stark’s Christine Everhart and Leslie Bibb fully dressed and rolling around and out of bed, before cutting down on the consequences and that strategically draped bed sheet.
Despite the violence and even the occasional bloodshed, the Marvel movies have generally been quite kid-friendly, meaning they’ve been as chaste as any character The Rock has ever played.
That changes with Eternals, the MCU’s 26th film, which will be released on November 4 in New Zealand.
Eternals features Marvel’s very first sex scene, and there’s no cut this time around – the camera stays on the two main characters as they consume their passion.
Eternals director Chloe Zhao told Indiewire that there has been a lot of talk about how to present the scene.
“From that moment to what you see on the screen, there has certainly been a lot of talk about how to do it,” she said. “But I think the desire to do something different is a very natural desire for the current situation at Marvel Studios.
“I think it’s like westerns are going into the revisionist period of the ’70s. I think it happens to superhero movies – or at least we’re on the borderline of that, and so these scenes started to grow. occur naturally.
“For us to be able to show two people who love each other, not just emotionally and intellectually but also physically, and to have a sex scene that will be seen by a lot of people that shows their love, compassion and gentleness – I think that ‘ is a very beautiful thing. “
Eternals features an ensemble cast that includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kumail Nanjiani.
It tells the story of a group of immortal beings who have been on Earth for 7,000 years.
While Marvel movies have been genderless until now, that hasn’t been the case with Marvel TV projects that predate this year, when the TV branch was relaunched on Disney +.
Previously, under different leadership and corporate structure, Marvel Television was a bit further removed from the movies even though they were apparently part of the same universe.
Among the TV projects of the time was a series of interconnected Netflix shows starring such characters as Daredevil, The Punisher, and Jessica Jones.
These more gritty series featured sex scenes, including one in Jessica Jones in which superpower Jones and Luke Cage broke the bed of their romantic antics.