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Gay film icon Pedro Almodóvar slams sexless superhero movies

Gay film icon Pedro Almodóvar slams sexless superhero movies

Pedro Almodóvar and Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, two of the stars of Avengers: Endgame | Photos: Wiki/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Gay filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is not a fan of sexless superhero movies.

The man behind classic European indies like Julieta and Volver furthermore adds that such films ‘there is a kind of self-censorship that doesn’t allow the writers to write other kinds of stories.’

Pedro was speaking to Vulture at the Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th-anniversary gala when he discussed blockbuster movies like Avengers: Endgame.

‘The human being has such sexuality!’

Furthermore saying he would decline to make a superhero film if offered one, Pedro said: ‘There are many, many movies about superheroes. And sexuality doesn’t exist for superheroes. They are neutered. There is an unidentified gender, the adventure is what’s important.’

He furthermore continued: ‘You can find, among independent movies, more of this sexuality. The human being has such sexuality! I get the feeling that in Europe, in Spain, that I have much more freedom than if I worked here.’

Pedro’s comments follow largely disappointed fan reactions to a minor unnamed character in smash hit Avengers: Endgame making a brief mention of a same-sex partner.

‘This is not gratuitous’

In 2016, Pedro commented on Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning gay romance film Brokeback Mountain.

‘More sex, more sex, and this is not gratuitous,’ he said of how he’d have approached adapting Annie Proulx’s original text.

‘[Author] Annie Proulx’s story is about a physical relationship, an animal relation,’ he said. ‘So sex is necessary, because it is the body of the story. So I always had the image —these two guys start making love to each other like animals, like they were taking care of.’

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