Internet explodes over gay superhero in new Marvel movie

HERE’S THE SCOOP:

  • Angry Marvel fans began review-bombing the Eternals IMDB page in an effort to tank the film’s rating across the internet.
  • Some reviewers called the film “woke and mediocre.”
  • IMDB later removed all negative reviews.

Review-bombers targeted Marvel’s newest superhero movie for featuring a same-sex couple. Angry fans bombarded Eternals IMDB page with negative reviews in an effort to tank the film’s ratings across the internet before it’s even out.

Openly gay actor Haaz Sleiman plays Ben in the film, who is the husband of superhero Phastos. In Eternals, Phastos is in a long-term relationship with another man on Earth but must leave his partner to rejoin the Eternals to take on the Deviants.

Review-bombers started inundating the IMDB page over the film’s inclusion of LGBTQ characters and a kiss between Ben and Phastos.

One reviewer said the film was “woke and mediocre,” while another called it “cheap even for [Marvel].”

Review-bombing is an internet practice where people bombard a movie, TV show, or video game that isn’t out yet with negative reviews to damage the average review of a product across the internet.

IMDB has since removed the negative reviews for Eternals. Meanwhile, Rotten Tomatoes outright banned the ability for users to review a film before its release. The movie review site explained the move in a 2019 product blog.

“Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership,” the website wrote. “We have declined that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action.”

Eternals actor Kumail Nanjiani responded to the review-bombing in a now-deleted tweet, saying ” Looks like we’re upsetting the right people. Eternals opens November 5th.”

Source: The Direct

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