Eternals has been promoted by Marvel from the beginning as an inclusive and diverse film. In its cast there are not only stars of different nationalities such as the Mexican Salma Hayek, but it is also Lauren riddloff, the first hearing-impaired superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the fact that in its first weekend the film has not managed to raise more than other blockbusters – Venom, Black Widow and Shang-Chi -, the actress who plays Makkari has sparked a genuine interest in this community and the sign language, and has become an important representative in the world of superheroes.
The influence of Riddloff It has been such that it has caused the interest in sign language – which he uses throughout the film with his co-stars – to increase considerably. This is reported by The Independent portal, in which it is explained that through an investigation by Preply – an application used for language learning – that the search “learn sign language for beginners”Has had a 250% increase. According to the same medium, this is due to the entry of the actress as Makkari to the UCM.
For her part, Lauren Ridloff has shared on Twitter her reaction to the news, where she has shown her joy and, at the same time, has invited the public to take action on the matter. “This is great. Learn sign language from teachers and content creators who are deaf or hard of hearing, ”he tweeted. And he added that “Eternals leads to an increase in people wanting to learn sign language.”.
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Eternals: inclusion and representation
In an interview for E Billboard, Lauren riddloff answered the question “How do you feel about the impact these characters have on children?” as follows: “I would love to tell all these kids that we are all superheroes. We can all be. We all have a time when we would kick butt in these times. “.
Also, actor Kumail Nanjiani, who was next to his costar, also gave a message celebrating the inclusion and representation of the film. “I have grown up watching Hollywood movies and there was no hero who looked like me. I’ve seen villains who did look like me, but not heroes. I’m receiving a lot of messages from people excited to see someone who shares their type of name and skin color on screen kicking butt, ”said the Pakistani actor who plays the character of Kingo.
Eternals has also sought to represent the LGTBIQ + community including the first homosexual superhero. The character of Phastos, who in the film is married with a son, generated a rejection clearly based on homophobia. This led to the MCU film number 26 it was prohibited in cinema of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. The actress Angelina Jolie criticized the fact calling “ignorant” to the homophobic people involved in the controversy.