Why is the latest MCU film "Eternals" is not available in Nigerian theaters?

Written by Akhigbe Iverson

11/12/2021 8:05 AM

Marvel’s 26th and latest feature-length release, Eternals, dropped in cinemas on Friday, November 5, 2021.

But the latest MCU motion picture didn’t see the light of day in Nigerian cinemas
Eternals was prevented from being released in Nigerian cinemas due to censorship from the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB.

Why is Eternals not in Nigerian Cinemas?

The NFVCB directive is as a result of the appearance of openly LGBT characters in the movie. Phastos, a member of the Eternals, was displayed kissing another man on screen, as the MCU showed an openly gay character in a motion picture for the first time.
The censorship ties to the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA), the homophobic law in place in Nigeria since 2014.

This isn’t the first Disney film to have portrayed public display of LGBT affection, after the scene in the latest Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, in 2019. But while that was edited, Eternals director Chloe Zhao was among those who refused to remove the scene involving Brian Tyree Henry in this movie, a call that was also supported by cast member Angelina Jolie, as the MCU tries to address its sexual diversity issues.

Eternals is also banned in Gulf countries, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, also due to its portrayal of the LGBT characters

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