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.’