The Eternals features Marvel Studios' first deaf superhero - Makkari, played by deaf actor Lauren Ridloff. Now, MCU fans who are deaf and hard of hearing are petitioning the studio to open caption Eternals with subtitles standard to every showing to make the film as accessible as possible for audiences with hearing impairments.
"For the first time, deaf children will see themselves represented in a Marvel movie," reads the petition, created by Change.org user Sarah Feisthamel. "It’s a huge leap forward for representative casting, but casting is not enough for deaf and disabled audiences to enjoy The Eternals."
"The whole world will be rushing to theaters to see this film. But the people who need to see it the most won’t even be able to understand it," the petition continues. "We’re asking Marvel Studios to release this film with open captions for every showing. Not only would it make history, but it is the right thing to do."
The petition cites numerous reasons to open caption Eternals (placing the captioning on the screen rather than requiring a special device to display them in a theater), including the limited availability and difficulty of use of standard captioning devices.
"Marvel movies are larger than life," it reads. "All moviegoers should be able to enjoy the action in the theater comfortably, at the same exact time - and not be forced to wait for a lesser experience."
At the time of this writing. the petition has garnered 1,037 signatures.
Eternals is due out in theaters November 6, 2020.