Eternals Review Bombed on IMDb for being Pro LGBTQ+

Eternals Review Bombed on IMDb for being Pro LGBTQ+

Review bombing is a great way to find out if a movie is shaking the status quo. Eternals has been added to this list, as “reviewers” criticize it for its queer agenda.

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Ahead of the movie’s public release, IMDb was flooded with negative reviews (over 400 of them rating the film a single, lone star). These reviews were purely based on critics’ mixed early reviews, speculations, and of course, prejudice.

The majority of the reviews lashed out about Eternals abandoning plotline and action for a skewered woke agenda.

What these reviews are doubling down on is MCU’s first openly gay superhero, Phastos (Brain Tyree Henry) and first deaf superhero, Makkari (Lauren Ridloff). 

Should Marvel be wary? Review bombing is meant to set a negative precedent to discourage the general public from watching the movie. But in Marvel’s history, it has worked out for the better: Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and Shang Chi suffered from review bombs. But they all performed stupendously at the box office.

Eternals Review Bombed on IMDb for being Pro LGBTQ+
Black Widow | Source: Fandom

As the netizens put it, certain “dude bros” may not be comfortable with the idea of MCU becoming more diverse and inclusive. While creative criticism is always welcomed, the review bombs seem to be tone-deaf.

So far, none of the early critic reviews have spoken ill about how the movie has dealt with LBGTQ+ issues.

After the review bomb, the general public who haven’t yet seen the movie were even more eager to find out the truth behind the reviews. Eternals has already racked up a pretty high advanced ticket booking.

For now, IMDb has removed the audience rating section until after Eternals has debuted on the big screens for all to see. (In fact, this would be a good practice for all films, right?)

No audience reviews are registered on Rotten Tomatoes either. But Eternals does sit at Rotten Tomatoes’ lowest MCU critic score with 64. The real verdict may only come when the opening weekend rolls in, November 5.

About Eternals

Eternals is a 2021 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics of the same name. It is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Chloé Zhao, who wrote the screenplay with Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo.

It stars an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.

In the film, the Eternals, an immortal alien race, emerge from hiding after thousands of years to protect Earth from their ancient counterparts, the Deviants.

Source: IMDb