As Hollywood industry magazines unanimously report, the ban on » Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness » has been decided for Saudi Arabia. An official reason has not yet been given. But he is close:
“ Eternals ” was already banned there – because of the depiction of a same-sex relationship.
Is America Chavez gay in the MCU too?
Doctor Strange 2 introduces new heroine America Chavez ( Xochitl Gomez ). In the comics, Chavez is homosexual. So far it is not known how extensively this will be addressed in her first film. The ban in Saudi Arabia should now finally confirm that Chavez has also been implemented here in a comic-like manner. It is not yet known whether there will only be a small scene again or whether it will play a more important role in the plot.
At Marvel, however, the ban could also cause a few worry lines. Even if Saudi Arabia has quickly developed into the largest and most important market in West Asia, after cinemas there were completely banned until a few years ago, people will still be happy to forgo the income from a country. With “Eternals”, however, other countries from the region also followed the example of Saudi Arabia.
This Marvel film was also banned in China, which has long been the second most important cinema market in the world. Here, however, it was probably initially due to negative statements by director Chloé Zhao about her country of birth, so that there was no longer any examination of the content.
Important market for gigantic sequels: also problems in China?
Nevertheless, LGBTQ content is also met with reservations in China — as recently » Fantastic Beasts 3: Secrets of Dumbledore » showed. In this case , a few seconds had to be removed for China because an earlier love relationship between two men is briefly touched upon in these.
It is not yet known whether the Chinese authorities will approve «Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness» or ask Disney to make cuts. Most recently, it was said that the censorship authorities there are currently examining the film. In the past, however, Disney refused to arrange for cuts, at least when cuts were requested. According to Variety , in the case of «Doctor Strange 2», the request for «changes» (i.e. cuts) has not been complied with in Saudi Arabia either.
In fact, Marvel can’t afford to forego revenue from China in the long term. The ever larger and ever more expensive productions are supposed to be refinanced worldwide and ensure big profits. However, it is unlikely that Marvel will dictate which characters will be used in films in the future, what they will be shown and how they will be portrayed. The inclusion of LGBTQ characters in what is finally a somewhat more diverse MCU is rightly welcomed by many fans.
» Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness » will be released in German cinemas on May 4, 2022.
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