According to a Friday report from the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been banned from theaters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
The ban is related to the presence of a gay character in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster. Films that feature LGBTQ references are often censored or outright banned in many countries in the Persian Gulf because homosexuality is illegal there, according to the report.
Marvel, owned by Disney DIS, had a similar problem with its 2021 Eternals film, which was banned from the Persian Gulf for its portrayal of a same-gender couple and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first openly gay superhero.
The Dr. The film stars America Chavez, a lesbian hero who first appeared in Marvel Comics in 2011. Chavez's character is played by Xochitl Gomez.
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Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as other countries in the Persian Gulf, have also censored the film West Side Story due to its inclusion of a transgender character and Pixar s Onward because of a reference to lesbian parents.
The report says that the ban applies to theatrical releases in countries that are not covered by the ban.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally scheduled to be released on May 5 in the Persian Gulf, but it will be released on schedule in the U.S. the first week of May.
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