Although Marvel’s Eternals had been slated to release worldwide on Friday, November 5, 2021, fans in Nigeria will have to wait before they can see the movie following news that the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has banned the movie from theatres nationwide.
Apparently, the film’s strong LGBTQ theme is the reason behind its yanking from theatre schedules across Nigeria. In one controversial scene, actors Brian Tyree Henry and Haaz Sleiman shared a passionate kiss. That has put Eternals in the middle of a global controversy, with countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait banning the film after Disney reportedly refused to cut a same-sex kiss.
Director Chloe Zhao had in an interview shared that she hoped the film won’t be banned anywhere in the global market so fans can get a ‘full experience’.
Meanwhile, cinemas are yet to comment on the sudden disappearance of the film from their ticketing portals, neither has NFVCB, which continues to work in line with Nigeria’s legislation on gay rights.
As part of Disney and Marvel merger, Eternals may well come to Disney+ later. And as it stands, Nigerians’ best shot at seeing the film is when it releases on digital platforms and streamers.