In just two weeks, fans around the world will be able to enjoy the premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthe new installment of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the premiere will be global, there is one country that has just crossed the sequel off its list of upcoming releases.
Doc Strange 2 is a continuation of the solo adventures of Stephen Strange, played by benedict cumberbatchwho will have to deal with the events unleashed in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In said film, the character of Doctor Strange cast a spell to try to help Peter Parker, which ended up opening the doors of the Multiverse, exposing his reality to multiple threats.
Now the continuation will deal with the consequences of the mentioned actions and Doctor Strange will need the help of wongthe Scarlet Witch Y America Chavez to face a new threat.
The film directed by sam raimi is scheduled for global release next May 5 and 6 globally. However, there will be a country that will not be able to enjoy the new installment of Marvel Studios.
As it turned out, the new movie of the Sorcerer of the Mystic Arts will not hit theaters in Saudi Arabia. The information was confirmed by the site The Hollywood Reporter. According to the portal, the country’s decision not to approve the premiere of Doctor Strange 2 is related to the presence of LGBTQ content.
The particular reason would have to do with the introduction of America Chavezthe new MCU character played by Xochitl Gomezwho in addition to having abilities that allow him to open portals to different dimensions, is gay, just like in the comics.
Even if it sounds like a lie, the homosexuality is still illegal in some countries of the world. In the case of Saudi Arabia, as well as in most Islamic countries, homosexuality is a crime and is prohibited. It is for this reason that when some audiovisual production has content that refers to the LGBTQ community, they often fail to pass censorship.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was scheduled to be released in the Persian Gulf countries on May 5. Advance ticket sales have been suspended in theaters. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Y qatar. However, in Arab Emirates the sale has not been suspended, which suggests that it can be seen there.
Last year something similar happened with the premiere of Eternals, the Marvel movie directed by Chloé Zhao. The film was censored in several Asian countries as the film featured the first openly gay superhero and a same-sex couple. At that time, the censors had petitioned Disney for an edit, which the studio refused. However, an edited version of Eternals was broadcast in the United Arab Emirates.
In January, the remake of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg, was also censored in Islamic countries. At the time, the reason was the presence of Anybodys, the transgender character played by non-binary actress Iris Menas.
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