Get ready for a superhero movie that shows representation in diversity, disability, laser beams, cool fight scenes, interesting story and beautiful cinematography. It’s the Marvel movie Eternals it’s about: The Eternals, immortal beings with superpowers who have lived secretly on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to fight the evil Deviants. The film is directed by Chloe Zhao, who won many awards for her film Nomadland. She wanted to focus more on locations, practicality and more of the myths for the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to bring inspiration for representation through the characters. The cast has diversity, disabilities and all shows representation to people to look up to. They are the following; Gemma Chan as Sersei, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo and Lauren Ridloff as Makarri. Marvel Studios did something different with a superhero movie by giving a deaf actress, Lauren Ridloff, the chance to be their first deaf superhero to appear on screen.
Lauren Ridloff, the deaf actress, is paving the way for films that have more representation for people with disabilities, and is the first deaf superhero on screen. She played as Makkari, an Eternal who is deaf and has super speed. She hopes to further inspire the deaf community: “I never dreamed of becoming an actor because I didn’t see enough of myself on screen. I haven’t been able to dream that big, so now, with Eternals, I hope more people can dream bigger. If I can do it, they can. I may be the first, but I won’t be the only one for long.” Deaf people hope that, as with The Quiet Place, Sound of Metal, Eternals and CODA, this film will increase the accessibility of having subtitles in movies in cinemas today. Lately, there has been an increase in hearing people to learn more about sign language since this movie came out. During the film, you can see her gesturing sign language for many of her co-actors and portraying the first deaf superhero in movie history.
The film’s diversity gives many generations the opportunity to be inspired and proud of who they are with the characters appearing on screen. The actors who represented diversity were Salma Hayek who is a Mexican American actress, Gemma Chan who is identified as British Asian, Kumail Nanjiani who is Pakistani American, and South Korean American actor Don Lee. The actors who somehow impress with their diversity were Lauren Ridloff, a deaf Mexican-American who stars deafness in the film, and Brian Tyree Henry, a black American actor who starred as Marvel’s first gay character. Salma Hayek cried when she put on her costume for the movie, “The image of it did something to me and I said, ‘Why? I saw my brown face. I saw my brown face in a superhero suit. And when I saw my face, I saw your face. I saw my face as a little girl, who had to have a lot of courage to dream big. I saw the faces of all the little girls and realized that a door had opened that I didn’t go in alone – but in that suit were all the Latinos who have waited so long for this moment.” This inspires and makes many people proud when they watch this film because of the diversity shown.
Diversity, disability, inclusion were an important aspect of this film to show to the world and ultimately make people proud. Be proud of who you are, whatever your race, and maybe start learning sign language. The movie Eternals is still running in cinemas near you, go see it and have fun!