The review bombing trolls are at it again, and this time their target is the new Marvel movie Eternals, due to its inclusion of openly LGBTQ+ characters.
Despite the film not having been released or seen by a wide audience (it hits theaters November 5), the “audience rating” on IMDB was flooded with hundreds of 1-star reviews, leading the site to deactivate the section. This is far from the first time that a film deemed too “woke” by a part of the audience has been targeted in this way. Similarly, Rotten Tomatoes had to remove their audience score for Captain Marvel, due to trolls review bombing the Brie Larson film for its “feminist agenda.” This time the review bombers claim the history-making film is “woke and mediocre.”
Eternals focuses on an immortal race of powerful beings who take up the mantle of being the protectors of the world following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Among their ranks is Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry, who is not only gay but has a husband, Ben, with whom he shares a family. Also, the two share an onscreen kiss. It’s this inclusion that is the true crux of the review bombers’ issue with the film and the motivation for the campaign against it.
One person who’s unbothered by the trolls, however, is Eternals star Kumail Nangiani, who responded with a now-deleted tweet: “Looks like we’re upsetting the right people. Eternals opens November 5th.” He’s not wrong. If anything, the outrage is a sign that Marvel is heading in the right direction by presenting a much more diverse world onscreen, regardless of how a close-minded vocal minority feels about it.
While Eternals may have broken down the barriers regarding LGBTQ+ representation in the MCU, it won’t be the last. Next up is Thor: Love & Thunder, which stars out actress Tessa Thompson reprising her role as Valkyrie, who’s reportedly searching for a queen to reign at her side over the new Asgard.