[Light spoiler for Eternals]
“You can’t tell a mature love story if you’re not gonna do some kind of…” director Chloé Zhao told Variety about the tender moment between Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Ikaris (Richard Madden) before trailing off. “It’s lovely to see two people show physical affection for each other — a kiss, make love.” The Best Director winner praised Chan and Madden for doing “such a great job… It’s very tasteful. You can feel the genuine love they have for each other.” I’m not sure if “tasteful” is what people want from a sex scene, but then I remind myself it’s a Disney movie and put on Disobedience again.
As you might expect, there’s been a mixed reception to the scene. If you Google “eternals sex scene,” the first result is a Daily Beast article with the headline, “Marvel Finally Made a Sex Scene in Eternals. It’s So Bad You’ll Wish They Hadn’t.” But now that Eternals is out after a year-long pandemic delay, let’s see what others are saying.
There’s the hot camp:
The sex scene was so hot & sexy & had me sweating like crazy while watching it & while their is no full-frontal nudity since #Eternals is PG-13 you do get to see Richard Madden’s back & abs & Gemma Chan naked in the sand on a beach as the sunsets. It’s not a bad sex scene at all! pic.twitter.com/zg4Aoo2DVK
— Josh Eternals #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) November 5, 2021
#Eternals literally had a sex scene, thrusting and all.
My little #MCU is finally growing up
— Robbie ᗢ – SAW #ETERNALS (@TWDeadDaily) November 5, 2021
THAT SEX SCENE ON THE BEACH IN THE ETERNALS… pic.twitter.com/XHHnUmWGBV
— ًeileen saw eternals (@Iamentisone) November 5, 2021
And there’s the amused and/or making jokes and/or awkward fraction:
— Lucas (@Lucky38Ny) November 3, 2021
Guy whose only experience with sex was watching the Eternals sex scene having actual sex for the first time: getting a lot of “Eternals” vibes from this https://t.co/rICe45sAfV
— Fairy Gothmother, MD (@jenny2x4) November 4, 2021
The sex scene in Eternals is not a sex scene.
If that’s what we’re calling sex scenes now, then we’ve just become prude as viewers.
— Aaron aka Mayo (@maroyasha) November 5, 2021
Just checking in to see how Reddit feels about the Eternals sex scene pic.twitter.com/itEB5kUPUb
— in my timeline skulls don’t have bones in the m (@Skvll_Residve) October 27, 2021
chloe zhao when she put that sex scene in eternals: pic.twitter.com/t9FDx6T2Xv
— jade (@RanchCrab) November 2, 2021
dad asked me if i wanted to go see the eternals with him this weekend. i said yes but i just realized that there is a sex scene in it…..pic.twitter.com/XBYCS4AbKh
— karla • dune spoilers (@kyberkaryey) November 5, 2021
this shit is probably more sexual in nature than the actual sex scene in eternals https://t.co/clLFf2rozf
— Trisha ⧗ SAW ETERNALS! (@waltersndanvers) November 2, 2021
Have fun watching Eternals with your parents this weekend.